Mind And Body Health
Noble Thoughts:

 The Essence of Yoga

            The pleasures of the senses have a beginning and an end; for this reason they lead to misery.  Do not look for happiness in them.  When desire for pleasure rises up within your body, suppress it. When anger surges within the body, calm it.  In this way, you will attain peace and joy; you will discover the light of God shining within you.

            Sin and conflict are diseases, which destroy those who are afflicted with them. Heal yourself of sin and conflict by working for the well-being of others. This is what wise people have always taught.  Free yourself from anger and desire, which are the causes of sin and conflict, and thereby make yourself whole.  This is the essence of yoga; this is the means by which you come to know the soul, and thereby attain the highest spiritual state.

            Learn to meditate. Close your eyes; calm your breathing; and focus your attention on the center of consciousness. Thus, you will master the senses, the emotions and the intellect - and thereby free yourself from desire and anger.

            Meditate upon me.  I am the friend of all living beings.  I am the ruler of the universe.  I am the object of all true worship.  I am the goal to which yoga is directed.  Through me, and me alone, you can find peace and joy.

Splendour, October 2008                                                                                    -Bhagavad Gita