Transcend All Human Tragedies through Kriya Yoga

Iwas interpreting the following lines of the poem “The Solitary Reaper” by William Wordsworth, the representative

poet of the Romantic age in English literature: “Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again?”

A student asked me what these lines meant. I offered the following exposition: “Each man goes through the alternating experiences of profit and loss, victory and defeat, success and failure, fame and obscurity, birth and death and union and separation with loved ones. These things are integral parts of human life and none can escape these sweet and bitter experiences. Pleasure is followed by pain as day is followed by night. Natural sorrow, loss or pain that has been and may be again refers to these opposite experiences which come repeatedly.”

No sooner did my explanation end than a child requested me to end the lecture on a positive note by offering a solution to these problems.

“Man has no control over laws of nature, but he enjoys the liberty to transform and adjust accordingly,” I said, and then narrated the following story:

Awaken the Superman Within …

Once, an unhappy young man approached a Zen master

and asked him a way out of the pains and problems of life. The Zen master thought for a while and then asked the young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Awful,” exclaimed the young man, spitting out the water.

The master laughed and asked the young man to take another handful of salt and follow him.

Both went to a nearby lake and the young man swirled the salt into the lake as suggested by the master. The master asked him to drink water from the lake. He then asked him how it tasted.

“Good,” replied the young man.

“Was the water salty?” asked the master, to be doubly sure.

“Not at all,” remarked the young man.

The master then explained: the quantity of salt remains the same in both situations, only the capacity of the container has changed.

Problems dwindle when we develop inner stability and strength and enlarge our capacity and confidence to face them.

Highlighting the universal utility and value of yoga, Lord Krishna says, “Those who practice yoga, that is, union with the Divine within, develop immense capacity like that of the ocean, to absorb countless tumultuous rivers of desire, despondence, sorrow and suffering. When rivers flow into the ocean, it remains still, unchanged and unagitated despite being brimful, without causing any ripple effect in it. Such is the majesty of the yogi’s oceanic heart.”

Transcend All Human Tragedies through Kriya Yoga

The practice of kriya yoga not only develops an oceanic heart born of inner peace, silence and stability, it establishes man in soul. One who learns to anchor in the Divine within, is immune to even the mightiest grief nature can inflict on man.