In all circumstances, be a yogi.

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The nature of the human mind is adaptation, yet, not everything we adapt to is our nature.

We're habit driven, and most of our societal behavioural problems are just a perpetuation of bad habits that we have unconsciously developed. Many things that we do, as a society, and many expressions that we portray, do not make any sense, we just got used to it and practice it without reasoning.

One of the important aspects of being a Yogi is that, 1st you cultivate and develop good habits and qualities. 2nd you act not only from the habit platform but in sync with knowledge, reasoning and understanding, meaning, you have body, mind and spirit-soul all awake and working together, or in other words, full awareness, you see things as they are.

Just to conclude my analysis, let me share with you a verse from the ancient Yoga text.

"A yogi is greater than the ascetic, greater than the empiricist and greater than the fruitive worker. Therefore, O Arjuna, in all circumstances, be a yogi." ~ Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 6: Sankhya-yoga TEXT 46

PURPORT

"When we speak of yoga we refer to linking up our consciousness with the Supreme Absolute Truth. Such a process is named differently by various practitioners in terms of the particular method adopted. When the linking up process is predominantly in fruitive activities, it is called karma-yoga, when it is predominantly empirical, it is called jnana-yoga, and when it is predominantly in a devotional relationship with the Supreme Lord, it is called bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga or Krsna consciousness is the ultimate perfection of all yogas, as will be explained in the next verse. The Lord has confirmed herein the superiority of yoga, but He has not mentioned that it is better than bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga is full spiritual knowledge, and as such, nothing can excel it. Asceticism without self-knowledge is imperfect. Empiric knowledge without surrender to the Supreme Lord is also imperfect. And fruitive work without Krsna consciousness is a waste of time. Therefore, the most highly praised form of yoga performance mentioned here is bhakti-yoga, and this is still more clearly explained in the next verse." ~ A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

 

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