Tapas also refers to self-discipline. Normally the mind is like a wild horse tied to a chariot.
Spiritual practice, be it Yoga or prayer or chanting or meditation, should remind us of our wholeness, of who we really are—vessels of energy and love connected to the healing energy and love of the cosmos.
When we finally tire of searching for happiness outside, we sit quietly and analyze and realize that true and lasting happiness can never come from outside.
it originally evolved as part of an eight-limbed path to experience enlightenment, the realization of our true nature.
We should know how to take things easy and see in this light that it’s all a great, Divine play, and we are being made to play our roles.
Sri Krishna is clear about what our priority should be: before it is time to leave the body, we should realize that we are not the body. That is the core of our sadhana.
We always give and take, give and take, give and take; therefore we should be thankful to each other, and to each and everything in Nature—and, ultimately, to that one great power, the one great intelligence that we call God. It’s not possible for us to return in kind all that we get from Nature. How can we fulfill our obligation? It’s impossible. The only way is to remember and to be grateful.
The best way to develop any muscle is to build it up by repeated use. Developing a steady mind and an inner ease – strong enough to last in the midst of activity—also takes practice.
e say we want a loving world, a peaceful world; but we cannot cultivate that love if negative vibrations get into us. One way in which we can bring negative vibrations into ourselves is through our food. That is why food should come to us as an offering of love.
The goal of Yoga is to experience this innate nature and to allow that aspect of our being to guide the way to everything. At peace with ourselves, innately we are in a loving relationship to what is outside of us. It is our nature to express love. When our action is an expression of love, there is joy in that.