Astonishment is the Preface for Yoga

Preface for YogaSri Sri Ravi Shankar has said as follows, on the most visible symptom of modern life:

Thousands of miles away and your words here get into this cell phone which is not even connected to a wire. Usually when something is connected with a wire we take it for granted because we see that there is a connection, but here there is not even a solid connection. A cell phone is your hand, you speak and that gets transmitted in this empty space and goes and reaches somewhere so far away. If you just put your mind on this phenomenon you will be amazed. We take this for granted and we just speak on the cell phone and don’t even notice the mechanism behind it.

From cell phones, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar leads astonishingly to Yoga:

If you look into the mechanism you will be in awe. This awe awakens the spirit inside you. That awe takes you to the state of meditation. ‘Vismaya Yoga Bhumika’: ASTONISHMENT is the preface for Yoga. If you are astonished/stunned, that is when yoga begins, means your spiritual journey begins, meditation begins. So you must be astonished in order to get into yoga or whenever you feel that ‘wow’, that astonishment in you, know that you are connected with the spirit that you are. You are in that state of spiritual elevation. Isn’t it amazing, isn’t it beautiful!!

Wisdom from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

How could someone think that the ‘oh wow’ could create such an elevation of the spirit. All present day crisis and problems can be solved by this change in the attitude, don’t you think so?!



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