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The baby yogi

Sometimes people take to spiritual path when they have some disappointments. However, the fact is that every child is born with spiritual knowledge; and as you grow up, you start losing that precious knowledge. To be a yogi is, therefore, becoming a baby again.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2011 01:07 IST

Sometimes people take to spiritual path when they have some disappointments. However, the fact is that every child is born with spiritual knowledge; and as you grow up, you start losing that precious knowledge. To be a yogi is, therefore, becoming a baby again.

Just look at a baby from the time it is born, to the age of 3, and he/she will teach you many things. The way they breathe and smile, they feel so connected with everybody. There are rare cases when the mother is depressed or the mother’s impression comes on the baby.

Everyone has child-like qualities in him/her. When one is a yogi, this happens automatically. There is naturalness in life. Everyone seems to be one’s own. Ego, any kind of self identity that one has, gets dissolved. A baby smiles, cries and radiates love from every cell of the body. Your dog or baby at home will tell you what love is with one look, with all its heart.

And there is no need of words where presence carries love. This is the indication of a yogi — he/she speaks through existence. That is why a baby is superior to a monk. An ascetic has an ego, “I have renounced the whole world.” But a child has not even grasped the world yet, let alone renounce it.

If you ask a baby what they want, they will say “nothing”. When you are joyful, there is no want. As a child we were in that state of joyfulness. At the most, you flailed your hand and sometimes pushed the mother away but never used abusive words.

A baby never holds any grudge against anybody. And yoga is bringing us back to that stage. When your mind is united in yoga, united with the self, naturally you become positive. A yogi and a baby may not know too much intellectual knowledge, yet they are better than an ascetic, better than a scholar, better than someone who does a lot of work, because they are united with the existence, and with the divinity.

And if you understand this, you are the greatest.