During this week’s Yoga classes … I shared this wisdom of Selvarajan Yesudian, a Yoga Teacher and Physician (most known for bringing Yoga to Sweden in the 20th Century):
“Yoga never demands the sacrifice of our reason. It only bids us: use it a thousand times more.
Yoga does not require us to give up our active lives. It says simply: act, but know how to act.
Yoga does not by any means wish us to push our understanding aside. It only tells us: discriminate correctly and act fearlessly.
Yoga does not expect us to flee from the world and to retire into the Himalayas. It assures us: the refuge you seek, you will never find in the outside world. It is within you.
Leave the stormy world of the senses behind you, raise your consciousness to the central point of your being and realize that here alone is the force, here alone is the peace and here alone the refuge you are seeking.
Yoga teaches us: do not condemn the world. Deify the world with your deeds, purify the world with your utterances and ennoble the world by your presence.”
~ Selvarajan Yesudian, Yoga Teacher & Physician (1916-1988)