13 Aug Hansaji on ‘Are We Spiritual?’
The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 11th August, 2013 was ‘Are We Spiritual?.’
Following is the transcript of the speech made by Smt. Hansaji Yogendra on the topic.
Listen to the Audio:
“We are unable to separate materialism and spiritualism in our lives. We have to live in this material world yet not be affected by it either positively or negatively. We shall be able to progress spiritually if we are able to lead our lives ourselves instead of being lead by other things / people. It is our duty to live our life independently and be self reliant at all times. We may depend on someone else temporarily, e.g. for health reasons but never for our entire life. We should understand and accept our physical limitations and then strive to strengthen them. Mentally, we should make our mind strong and sharp, improve our power of tolerance to such a level that we do not get disturbed by anything / anyone, that we are able to see things as they are and be neutral to it. Such developments within ourselves means that we are growing spiritually. It is very easy and normal to be happy in good times and sad in sad times. We should be able to rule our mind and not the other way around.
We do not have to dress spiritually for, e.g. wearing orange robes / a beaded necklace / a red dot on the forehead. External adornments are not important. We need not discuss matters of god or religion or other spiritual topics. Spirituality is an internal thing. Make contact with your own self and do this repeatedly… sit quietly, watch your breath, make an effort to be thoughtless… by doing these things, gradually over a period of time, our mind will become strong, balanced and peaceful. Perform all your duties in such a state and progress is bound to happen. Let’s work on ourselves and not give up… let’s internalize our learning’s by maintaining a balanced state of mind at all times.”
– Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra
Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.