Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- "Many people feel that discipline means a lack of freedom, a repression or joyless
life. But imagine that you are tied to the saddle of a galloping horse, clinging for your
life, hoping that somehow the horse might feel sympathy and stop. Is that enjoyment?
That is the situation when we do not have discipline over our minds. The person
who really enjoys horseback riding is the one who controls the horse, who can
stop whenever he or she wants.
You will enjoy the world when you know how to handle it well, when you become master
of it. Who is the person who enjoys eating? The one who eats well, chews well,
digests well, and assimilates well, not the one who eats for the sake of the
tongue, overloads the stomach, and then uses purgatives.
If your friends laugh at you and say, 'With Yoga you are just running away from the
world; you are not going to enjoy anything,' tell them, 'We are the people who are going
to enjoy it best because we are working to bring everything under our control.
We don't want to be controlled by anything. We want to be masters of our tongues
and our eyes. We won't be slaves to our desires.' This is the aim of Yoga."
- Sri Swami Satchidananda