“When I practice, I am a philosopher,
When I teach, I am a scientist,
When I demonstrate, I am an artist.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar
“Know the Atman
(Self) as the load in a chariot, reason as the charioteer and mind as the reins. The senses, they say, are the horses,
and their objects of desire are the pastures. The Self, when united with the senses and the mind, the wise call the
Enjoyer (Bhoktr). The undiscriminating can never rein in his mind; his senses are like the vicious horse of a charioteer.
The discriminating ever controls his mind; his senses are like disciplined horses. The undiscriminating becomes
unmindful, ever impure; he does not reach the goal, wandering from one body to another. The discriminating becomes
mindful, ever pure; he reaches the goal and is never reborn. The man who has a discriminating charioteer to rein in
his mind reaches the end of the journey – the Supreme Abode of the everlasting Spirit.”
“The senses are more powerful than the objects of desire.
Greater than the senses is the mind, higher than the mind is the reason and superior to reason is He – the Spirit in all.
Discipline yourself by the self and destroy your deceptive enemy in the shape of desire.”
~ Bhagavad Gita, chapter 3, verses 42-3.
“As by learning the alphabet
one can, through practice, master all the science, so by thoroughly practicing first physical training one acquires the
knowledge of truth (Tattva Jnana), that is the real nature of the human soul as being identical with the Supreme
Spirit pervading the Universal. ”
~ Gheranda Samhita, chapter 1, verses 5.
“The young, the old,
the extremely aged, even the sick and the infirm obtain perfection in Yoga by constant practice. Success will follow
him who practises, not him who practices not. Success in Yoga is not obtained by the mere theoretical reading of
sacred texts. Success is not obtained by wearing the dress of a yogi or a sanyasi (a recluse), nor by talking about it.
Constant practice alone is the secret of success. Verily, there is no doubt of this. ”
~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika, chapter 1, verses 64-6.