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In New York, Shri Nathji met a certain Indian yoga teacher. The man had a large following amongst Americans. He had heard of Shri Nathji’s name in India.
Shri Bhola Nathji? What! Is he in America? he said, and came forthwith to see Shri Nathji at the hotel. He touched Shri Nathji’s feet and invited him to speak to his yoga group.
Shri Nathji’s personality won the hearts of all present. His words touched their souls. They experienced a meditation they had never found even in the most advanced of yogic disciplines. Many of the listeners had eyes filled with tears as they listened to Shri Nathji. He ended his sermon by saying a few words on yoga:
Yoga means union with God. And this can be had either indirectly through various spiritual disciplines like meditation etc., or else directly in one moment through the grace of God.
“The merging of the individual soul into the Universal Soul is Yoga. A one-pointed concentration towards God is Yoga. The absence of all conflict in one’s mind is Yoga. Yogash chittvritti nirodha. To still the activity of the mind, to put a stop to all thought waves, to bring oneself into a meditative state, is Yoga.”