By an appropriate person, to an appropriate person,
Giving what is appropriate is viniyoga
At an appropriate time,
In an appropriate manner.
It is not casual or routine.
Not by anybody to everybody.
Not anything and everything.
It is unique, highly individualized and very specific.
You can only give what is inside you
This is the first lesson in viniyoga.
Give what is inside you
Not what you have seen, heard or collected.
It has no relevance. It is not appropriate.
It is living in the memory. Living death.
Internalize everything and then give appropriately.
This is viniyoga. This is life.
How to internalize?
Collect all possible information,
Grasp as much as possible from every direction
Hold them as much as you can
Reflect on them again and again
Every time you reflect you get new insight,
Put them into your life, practice all the time.
Verify every now and then.
You get experience.
This practicing, experiencing and living is internalization
Now you are fit to give from your INSIDE.
The next lesson is ‘give what is inside you’,
But not as it applies to you
This is the biggest hurdle in Viniyoga
Many people study, practice, get experience and they teach the same to all other people.
They get very good results for themselves and they want the same for every other person.
“Let the entire world get benefit, as I got benefitted.
Let me share with the world my lot”
A noble thought indeed; but the reality is different.
It is SUPERIMPOSITION. It is not reality.
You can never be a referral point for any other individual.
No two individuals are alike.
Even one individual is not the same all the time.
Everyone is changing, everything around is also changing all the time.
So no one is the standard for the other.
So do not give “as it applies to you”.
Then how to give?
Give as it applies to the other
This the biggest challenge for the teacher.
For he has to be very clear about what is applicable to the other.
He should have examined the student’s constitution thoroughly at all levels.
He should have a clear idea about his dietary habits,
He should have completely studied his life-style and working conditions.
He should have verified his strengths, intentions and expectations.
Only then he will know about “what applies to him”.
Definitely a difficult task; definitely a challenging task.
It is also time consuming and not an economical proposition.
But definitely every individual deserves this.
Any lesser task is definitely belittling of the teacher, student and Yoga.
Viniyoga expects a lot of responsibility,
Because it provides immense opportunity.
For both the student and the teacher,
Because in the process, they grow together.
Viniyoga insists the teacher to have complete practical wisdom of what he teaches.
Viniyoga expects the teacher to silently reflect – never to judge.
Viniyoga demands the teacher to have complete mastery over his sense and mind.
Viniyoga also prescribes certain qualities while teaching.
Teach with total involvement, full commitment and with positive outlook.
Do not teach if any of these qualities are missing.
It is a waste of time for both the teacher and the student.
Teach with the best of your ability.
A teacher’s mission is completed only when he finds an able student to carry on his teaching.
Or in other words, the student helps the teacher to complete his mission, his life.
So, teach your student with all respect and humbleness.
In fact, the teacher’s learning is measured by this humility.
Viniyoga suggests certain qualities for the student also;
Practice regularly, without interruption, with eagerness.
Practice with positive attitude.
Practice with the attitude of serving your teacher.
Practice detachment towards anything that is not conducive to the goal.
Teachers and students!
Do not allow your practical wisdom to stagnate and die.
More you spread, more it springs from you.
It is not yours; it comes to you through eternity.
Happy are the birds that are free.
Let thousands of lamps receive their lights from you.
Let thousands of people get new lives from you.
Let the mighty river of viniyoga flow forever and ever.