Back to Basics

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthian 13:2

For me, this passage encapsulates the kind of spirituality I live by, or more accurately, what I struggle to achieve in my spiritual life.


In my yoga life (which, by the way, is not separate from my spiritual life, but more like an enhancement, supplement, to it), what I consider my foundation is the first limb of Yoga: yama, which comes before niyama, asana, and pranayama.

YS II:30-31, 35-39

Yama consists of non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-greed. These Great Vows are universal, not limited by class, place, time, or circumstance.

In the presence of one firmly established in non-violence, all hostilities cease.

To one establish in truthfulness, actions and their results become subservient.

To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes.

By one established in continence, vigor is gained.


If I can do supta kurmasana on my own but do not tell the truth or cause others pain, I am nothing.


Annotation by Sri Swami Satchidananda:

A Yogi should always keep this in mind. Teaching yoga is not like teaching history or geometry. The teacher must impart a life force–a little current–into others. How can he do this if he himself is weak, if he has a rundown, discharged battery?


This note is something I should seriously consider before getting into any TTP. Well, I have two years to DISCERN–the key word imparted to me by my guru when I saw him over the weekend. Thankful for that time. Om.


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