This man, BKS Iyengar, changed my life and gave me so much unshaken hope and faith in the infinite possibilities we have as a human being. His guidance has been felt in every step of my life's journey. Not a day goes by that I don't hear some form of his wisdom speaking to me. His light shines on always... remembering him especially on the 3rd anniversary of his passing... Wanted to share something from The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar... 'One has to plough the ground to make the soil soft, remove, weeds, water and manure the growing plant, then delicately tend and nurture it so that the tree will grow in health and strength and yield it's delicious fruit. We know that the spiritual essence of the tree is concentrated in the juice of its fruit, which is the culmination of the growth of the tree. We pluck the fruit and savour it's taste. The joy of that taste can be felt, but cannot be expressed in words.
In the same way, the tree of yoga needs to be carefully followed through it's various stages if we are to experience it's results. Yama cultivates the organs of action so that they may act for right ends; Niyama civilises the senses and organs of perception; Asanas irrigate each and every cell of the human body and nourish it through copious blood supply; Pranayama channels the energy; Pratyahara controls the mind and cleanses it of all it's impurities; Dharana clears the veil that covers the intelligence and sharpens it to grow sensitive as it acts as the bridge between the mind and the inner consciousness; Dhyana integrates intelligence, and in Samadhi the rivers of intelligence and consciousness flow together and merge in the sea of the soul, so that the soul may shine in its own glory.
Thus, the tree of yoga -yoga vrksa- leads us by it's practice through layer after layer of our being, till we come to live and experience the ambrosia of the fruit of yoga, which is the sight of the soul.' 💝
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