This Easter I participated in a four-day yoga workshop at Hamsa Yoga Studio with American Iyengar teacher, Jack Davis (who is also opening a new studio in Frederiksberg called Yogacentralen in August). During the course, on Easter Sunday, Jack read the following quote from Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the first Indian yogis to bring yoga to the west, also known for his book Autobiography of a Yogi, a yoga literature classic. I thought it was a beautiful collection of words that encapsulated a wealth of meaning and poignancy, so I decided to put it up here to remember it.
Be always intoxicated with the Divine, with the wave of your consciousness ever at rest on the bosom of the Eternal Sea. When one is kicking and splashing about the water, there is little consciousness of the ocean itself, but of the struggle. But when one lets go and relaxes, the body floats; it feels in its buoyancy the whole sea lapping around it. That is the way the calm devotee feels God, with the whole universe of Divine Happiness rocking gently beneath his consciousness. ~From “The Yoga of Jesus: Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels”, Paramahansa Yogananda