3. Reading the book of life.
When we get something without working for it, we cannot fully appreciate its value. For example, our own lives.
We are born as humans but we neither understand nor appreciate the miracle of being a human, being alive, being able to think, being able to take actions.
When we are born, we don’t know how our bodies work, how our minds work, what we are capable of doing. We are utterly helpless. We need our parents for all the necessities to survive.
As we grow, we try to learn how to survive in this world and gather all the necessities to live comfortably. Most of us strive all our lives to achieve this basic level of comfort. Many of us achieve it and stay there, except a few who look beyond. Essentially most of us live our lives without knowing ourselves.
What a pity.
Imagine yourself as a book. The book contains all the knowledge of the universe. It is a book full of amazing stories, colors and pictures. Now imagine the material part of the book as your body and the knowledge inside as your mind, your spirit.
Because the book is written in a foreign language, you do not know how to read it. Sometimes you open the book and see the pictures. You get a glimpse of the wonder hidden in it.
Unable to read what is inside, you take good care of the book itself. You put a nice cover on it, you undust it regularly. Likewise you feed your body, you dress it, you decorate it, you do whatever it takes to keep it healthy and beautiful. You are so caught up with it that you do not have the time to decipher it.
It’s a pity.
Yoga is one of the ways to decipher the book of life. Ironically most people think that yoga is a mean for good health and nothing else.