30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 26 featuring Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda
“There is no home greater than Self-realization.”
To understand this quote, we first need to understand what is meant by ‘Self-realization.’ The great yoga sage Paramahansa Yogananda defined the Eastern spiritual concept of Self-realization as, “the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.” This recognition that spirit is within us is the essence of yoga and meditation. The entire purpose of practicing yoga is to come to this understanding and feel it fully. In fact, when we say ‘namaste’ at the end of our practice, what we’re really saying is, ‘I see and honour the spirit within you that is also within me.’
Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda tells us that Self-realization is where we want to be. It is our ‘home’ no matter where we are in life or what our circumstances have dragged us into. When we have Self-realization, we have everything we need. To me, the concept of ‘home’ makes me think of comfort, of being able to be myself, of being able to take off all the masks I wear around different people like my co-workers and just be.
‘Home’, like Self-realization, is freeing as it gives us the opportunity to stop pretending to be something we’re not. It allows us to relax and stop striving so much because we are perfect just the way we are. This quote truly is like a breath of fresh air.
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