Quotes from BKS Iyengar (Guruji)

BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar

Here are some famous quotes from the great master of yoga, BKS Iyengar, who has dedicated the last 70 years of his life to the study and practise of yoga and to making this wonderful art, science and philosophy accessible to all people.

“The beauty of a lake reflects the beauty around it.  When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.”

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“Intellectuals tend to be arrogant. Intelligence, like money, is a good servant but a bad master. When practicing pranayama, the yogi [makes] himself humble and without pride in his intellectual attainments.”

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“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”

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“When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.”

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“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

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“Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it.”

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“Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.”

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“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”

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“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”

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Quotes from his autobiography, Light on Life:

“The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end… Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit.”

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“Often, we hear people saying they remain active and light when they do just a little bit of asana practice. When a raw beginner experiences this state of well-being, it is not merely the external or anatomical effects of yoga. It is also about the internal physiological and psychological effects of the practice.”