From the very beginning you are being told to compare yourself with others. This is the greatest disease; it is like a cancer that goes on destroying your very soul because each individual is unique, and comparison is not possible.
Whatever you do, do with deep alertness, then even small things become sacred.
Meditation is nothing but withdrawing all the barriers; thoughts, emotions, sentiments everything that builds a wall between you and existence. The moment they drop, you suddenly find yourself in tune with the whole; not only in tune, you really find you are the whole.
Everybody is trying to be perfect. And the moment somebody starts trying to be perfect, he starts expecting everybody else to be perfect. He starts condemning people, he starts humiliating people.
I am not interested in communicating something to you, I am interested in communion. Communication means my mind talking to your mind. Communion means I am not a mind, you are not a mind – just your heart melting into my heart, no words.
God is always joking. Look at your own life. It is a joke! Look at other people’s lives, and you will find jokes and jokes and jokes. Seriousness is illness; seriousness has nothing spiritual about it. Spirituality is laughter, spirituality is joy, spirituality is fun.
Meditation is not concentration. It is simple awareness. You simply relax and watch the breathing. In that watching, nothing is excluded. The car is humming – perfectly okay, accept it. The traffic is passing – that’s okay, part of life. The fellow passenger snoring by your side, accept it. Nothing is rejected. You are not to narrow down your consciousness.
Any mundane activity can become meditative. Digging a hole in the garden, planting new roses in the garden – you can do it with such tremendous love and compassion, you can do it with the hands of a buddha.
When I say be creative, I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.
Creativity is the greatest form of rebellion in existence.
The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.
Just look at life with more playful eyes. Don’t be serious. Seriousness becomes like a blindness. Don’t pretend to be a thinker, a philosopher. Just simply be a human being. The whole world is showering its joy on you in so many ways, but if you are too serious, you cannot open your heart.
Meditation is the art of cleaning your mirror from all the dust that the society, the religion, the educational system has poured on you, to take away everything that has not been born with you, to bring you to your absolute innocence as you were born as a child.
Life is not somewhere waiting for you, it is happening in you. It is not in the future as a goal to be arrived at, it is herenow, this very moment – in your breathing, circulating in your blood, beating in your heart. Whatsoever you are is your life, and if you start seeking meaning somewhere else, you will miss it. Man has done that for centuries.
Love is always an experience in the present. You dont love tomorrow. Love has nothing to do with yesterdays and tomorrows. Love knows only one time: now And only one place: here.
You are not accidental. The world needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it.
Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you.
Move as a total being, and accept things. Just for twenty-four hours, try it – total acceptance, whatsoever happens. Someone insults you, accept it; don’t react, and see what happens. Suddenly you will feel an energy flowing in you that you have not felt before.
Meditation is just a courage to be silent and alone. Slowly slowly, you start feeling a new quality to yourself, a new aliveness, a new beauty, a new intelligence-which is not borrowed from anybody, which is growing within you. It has roots in your existence.
“Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy.”
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”
“When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God.
When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.”
“Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it.”
“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
“Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.”
“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”
“Confidence, clarity & compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.”
”Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
“The art of teaching is tolerance. Humbleness is the art of learning.”
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. “
“Willpower is nothing but willingness to do.”
“Life means to be living.Problems will always be there. When they arise navigate through them with yoga- don’t take a break.”
“Yoga is a means and an end.”
“Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, & the soul is the target.”
“Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.”
”Focus on keeping your spine straight. It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert.”
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”
”It is while practicing yoga asanas that you learn the art of adjustment.”
“When I practice, I am a philosopher. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.”
”A yogi’s brain extends from the bottom of the foot to the top of the head. A crooked body means a crooked mind.”
“Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.”
“Your body is the child of the soul. you must nourish and train that child.”
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life.”