The true yogi

Published - March 05, 2019 09:21 pm IST

Yoga siddhi is attained when one maintains equanimity at all times. This state of mind frees one from the pain and sorrow in daily life. When the mind comes to rest by yoga practice, it is satisfied by the Self. Since the mind wields influence over these matters, one has to control it. Krishna’s use of the simile of the lamp that burns steadily in a windless place shows how by discipline enforced by one’s intellect it is possible to insulate oneself against the wandering mind, pointed out Srimati Sunanda in a discourse. The mind is often described as the child and the intellect as the adult which has to wield control over it. First, the mind has to be taught to assess the kind of satisfaction in worldly objects with that which is obtained in the experience of the immortal Self within each one.

The case of the Siva devotee who suffers from elephantiasis is often quoted to explain the efficacy of yoga siddhi that transcends the physical level of experience. The story goes that sSeeing the devotee’s stoic approach to the pain and agony of the disease, Parvati requests Siva to relieve him from this distress. Though aware of the devotee’s mind, the Lord accedes to her wish and appears before the devotee wishing to grant him a boon. What is the need for a boon or anything else to one who is already steeped in atma swaroopa? But since the Lord insists, the devotee says maybe then that the disease could be shifted to the other leg. Having tasted the higher state of refinement arising from contentment of the Self, the devotee does not settle for anything less.

Christ’s extraordinary patience while undergoing severe physical, intellectual and emotional pain exemplifies the highest state of yoga siddhi.

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