It's trendy these days, for people who go to hatha Yoga classes, to call themselves Yogis.
But in the ancient Tradition of Yoga, the word Yogi referred to someone who had accomplished Yoga and not to a beginner. Swami Veda Bharati has said that "Only those who allow the method (of Yoga) to lead them up to asamprajñāta (the highest samādhi) are true Yogis."
It's human nature. We like to take on airs and believe we are more than we are. But to make progress in Yoga, we have to be honest with ourselves as to our true level. Otherwise we delude ourselves into thinking we've reached the goal when we've barely started the journey.Add a comment >
One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.
"It is important to understand and recognize how time affects the mind. You can better understand the effect of time by considering the nature of space. If you can fully understand how space is created, then time will no longer deter you; you will go beyond time and space. For example, if i draw two lines, then there is space between the first line and another. If there is no space, there is only One; then where is time? Time and space exist only when there is division, when you are divided within yourself."> Add a comment >