But is it really that easy to become a yogi?
Perhaps in this era of “high” spirituality the ease with which I can proclaim myself a master yogi is sadly too easy?
But let’s read what a person with authority in the field has to tell us. This person is Sri Krishna and what he says is written in the Bhagavad Gītā:
“By whom the world is not disturbed and he who is not disturbed by the world, who is free from joy, impatience, fear and distress, he is also dear to Me”.
A true yogi or devotee lives upon earth as if he does not exist or does not matter. He neither disturbs the world nor is disturbed by it. Self-giving and unassuming, he neither claims self-importance nor indulges in any actions that would disturb other people or their lives. He lives without judgment in devotion to God. He may help others, without expectation. He may even teach others religious knowledge out of compassion and love; but he would not do anything that would put them in harm’s way. Further, as he cultivates equanimity and sameness towards the pairs of opposites, he remains impervious to both positive and negative emotions and situations. In other words, whatever may be the circumstances, he would remain equal and undisturbed.
I believe Krishna has quite clear ideas about this concept.
Now through this knowledge it is up to us to discriminate who is who.
Being a yogi is not a certificate of presence, it is not practicing asana, pranayama and meditation every day. But it is a conscious renunciation of the mind and a cessation of the ego. So many lives are necessary and perhaps not enough to achieve this level of purification.
Hari Om Tat Sat