Q&A on ‘Saints of India’

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 18th May, 2014 was ‘Saints of India.’

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra.

Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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Q. Are Gautam Buddha and Gorakshanath saints or more than that?
Dr. J: I feel that this session of Q&A should not be there. It is easy to get answers to these questions. Listen peacefully to whatever is said and return home in peace.
Smt. H: What do you mean by saint and more than that? A person is everything – A saint, a teacher, a preacher, a guide, a father, a mother, everything. That’s it.

Q. What is the characteristic of a true saint?

Smt. H: Unshakable faith. And because of that, the person automatically becomes humble, caring, helpful, etc. It is a completely different personality where even if the whole world is disturbed, they remain peaceful, confident and have great willpower and strength.

Q. What is the remedy in yoga for thyroid problem?
Dr. J: Go to a specialist.
Smt. H: This is such a problem where no doubt, you need appropriate medication because it is a deficiency. Apart from this, the yoga way of life, practicing Asanas for just 10 minutes twice a day, exercises where the head is held up during forward bending, this helps in improving blood circulation in the neck. Relaxation techniques like Nishpandabhava, Yogendra Laya, Pranayama such as alternate breathing for balance. Walking twice a day and Sattvic food is also important.

Q. According to yoga, is God an external force or something present deep within?
Dr. J: God is something that is not to be defined. It is undefinable.
Smt. H: God is undefinable. He is within, without, everywhere. He is in every single part of us within. There is no need to run around searching for Him on the outside.

Q. There is so much politics in the office. So if we don’t become a part of it, we have to quit. So should I become part of it or quit?
Smt. H: What do you label as politics? Do your part and leave it there. It is not necessary for you to join the wrong kind of people. There is always a balance everywhere you go. You will always find someone who is right. Join them if necessary. We have both good and evil inside us. If you keep focusing on the evil, then evil will happen. Just keep doing your work in office, whatever is assigned to you. No matter whatever the politics, just put in writing the report of whatever work you have done and send to your superior.

Q. What do I do when you are good to someone, I have no intention to hurt them but they are hurt?
Smt. H: If it is not your intention to hurt and the person gets hurt, it is not your problem. They are feeling hurt because of their own personality. They may be expecting something from you. You should be very clear about your intentions because whatever action you do, you will have to face its consequences. Find out what hurts others and try and avoid doing that. Do what you can from your side.

Q. How is the teaching of the Bhagwad Gita relevant in present times?
Smt. H: There is no question of the relevance of the Bhagwad Gita in present times. It is 100% relevant. Each person should do their duty and detach themselves from the result. Learn from your experience. Have faith that the appropriate result will come. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times but ultimately made the light bulb. So keep working, have faith. Not doing Karmas is also wrong. Whichever Karma you do, do with a balanced mind. If this discipline is achieved, everything falls in its own place.

Q. What if the situation is not in our hands? There is trust but fear too.
Smt H: Nothing is in our hands except our own actions. So why have fear? If you must use your mind, use it for the right things, otherwise stop it. Neither the situation nor the result is in our hands. So just do your duty. Live with faith.

Q. I just lost someone who was very close to me. How do I handle this person’s death?
Smt. H: Death is such a thing that needs to be accepted within a fraction of a second. Crying and moping doesn’t bring the dead back. What’s gone is gone. Now focus on what is there, what you can do now. You don’t have a right to make others unhappy, so remain happy, balanced and continue doing your duty. If someone walks with you, fine; if they are gone, walk alone. Someone may join you later on, but you must continue walking. Work must continue. This is life and we have to accept that. If a person has taken birth, they will die some day.
Dr. J: There is a saying in Gujarati which says ‘If someone does not heed your call, walk alone. Walk alone.’ That’s it.

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.
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