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The tranquil yogi

Sri Paramhansa Yogananda gives us the story of a yogi, who had a storehouse of spiritual books, and who held his home and wife in great esteem.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2003 12:21 IST
Veena Minocha
Veena Minocha

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The phrase "Sahaj Bhava" literally denotes a supremely serene nature, which remains unaffected by extremes of happy or sad experiences. A human mind is quick to react by expressing appropriate emotional responses. The heart and mind of a yogi is, however of that depth of tranquility, which nothing can disturb.

Sri Paramhansa Yogananda gives us the telling story of a yogi, who had a storehouse of spiritual books, and who held his home and wife in great esteem. However, his wife was of such a temperament, that it was impossible to please her. Critical to a fault, she was continuously raving and ranting about everything, and nothing, much to the displeasure of the neighbours, who had to put up with her voice.

The yogi tried his best to tolerate her nature, thinking that if he did not respoond to her critical and abusive words, she would improve with time. But that was not the case. She carried on regardless of whether anyone listened to her or not. She was particularly vexed by the yogi's love of his books and his meditative practices.

One fine day, she decided to put an end to her husband's spirituality. Her objective was to destroy all that gave her husband joy. She picked up a torch and set fire to all his books, which also led to the whole house being burned down.

The yogi, however, seeped in the true nature and tradition of a highly evolved being merely said to her, "Dear wife, there were two things that I was truly attached to, they were my home and my books. By burning them down you have helped me overcome my attachment to them. I am now truly and fully a human who is free from all attachments. Thank you very much."

Another story that is worth repeating is about the time when the well known saintly personage Mulla Nasruddin was informed that his house was on fire. He walked back to his house at exactly the same pace that he was used to. His response was neither hurried, nor unhurried, the news did not upset his balance at all.

The true yogi has understood that each experience that comes in the everlasting flow of life has a purpose, and that one has to flow along with it to gain the lesson that comes through it. Nothing is 'good' or 'bad' according to his inner knowing. Everything has a Divine Purpose, and by aligning with that Divine Purpose we fulfill our life's purpose, evolving into beings of greater wisdom.

Are we ready to evolve into "Sahaj Bhava"?

First Published: Nov 20, 2003 12:18 IST