Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Yoga, Truth Or Escape?

October 18, 2020

Yoga, Truth Or Escape?

      Yoga practices are like the doors to a house. On one side of the threshold they are marked "Entrance" and on the other side, the same door becomes "Exit". These doors can admit us into the hall the truth — or they may be an escape. It all depends on the way we are facing. Are we practicing yoga in all aspects so that we may enter the whole of truth, or are we endeavoring to escape, using the same door as an exit from reality?

      This problem arises because all spiritual practices have, not only a spiritual value but a multi--purpose effectiveness. We may not be spiritually motivated at all and still enjoy their physical, moral, social and psychic benefits. Worse still, we may merely use these spiritual practices, paradoxically, to run away from truth. They are then used as tranquilizers. We may indulge in them and piously wish that our problems will go away. They will not. If you use these practices as escape-exists, the problem you are running away from usually runs ahead of you and is waiting for you at the next corner.

      When the right spirit prevails, we discover the divine energy which flows through the body, sustaining it, towards self-knowledge. With self-knowledge, the creator of all the problems is discovered, is unmasked, is silenced. It is then that these spiritual practices act as a door to admit us to the hall of wisdom.

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