Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Wonders Of Yoga

October 17, 2020

Wonders of Yoga

      Many people in this world are unaware of health, happiness or peace. If you have not enjoyed them, you do not know what they are and you will mistake their shadows for the substance. But once you taste them, you know them unmistakably.

      Yoga enables us to discover this. The yoga postures enable us to remove the toxic substances that cover the pure cells of the body — and when practiced with inner awareness — to discover what a healthy body really means.

      This awareness penetrates further and enables you to discover the mind. The student of yoga, with the light of inner awareness, sees that the mind is covered by thick layers of prejudice, ignorance, greed and hatred. He discovers them to find the pure intelligence and whose light the mind functions in an enlightened manner. That intelligence or soul is pure and divine.

      The soul is nothing but a cell in the cosmic body of God. As cells in that body, we are all one. Separation is the result of ignorance. It is in the darkness of ignorance that prejudices thrive and cover the mind, thus creating the illusion that you are different from me. Yoga removes this cover, this illusion, this ignorance and reveals the truth that in God we are all one.

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