O Arjuna, be a Yogi
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“The Yogi is greater than the ascetics; he is thought greater than even men of knowledge.
The Yogi is greater than men of action.
Therefore, O Arjuna, be a Yogi.”
(From the Gita, Upanishad, the Ordinance of Yoga, the discourse between Krishna and Arjuna)
A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male practitioner of various forms of the path of Yoga, maintaining a steadfast mind, the process of transcending the lower self through daily practices.
This word is often used to describe a monk or a householder who is devoted to meditation.
The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the “sun” (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.
This Yogi who seems to be ageless was in a little house made of one single room with opened walls which is near river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).
I was rooming around the ghats with my friends Rajesh, Eloise and Prabhat, showing them a few places I like in the city and by chance we met this Yogi.
There was so much of peace around him, he was smiling gently as if he was in another space, in another time, as if we were not really there.
He didn’t mind that we took his portrait.
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