“If you accomplish something at the gross and sacrifice the subtle, what have you accomplished?”–Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Post by Lucy St. John
What this means is: The subtler fields of life and consciousness have the most powerful effect in life. Science often proves what the yogis have discovered over centuries of subjective experience. For instance, if you think about nuclear energy, it is one of the smallest elements in nature, and yet it is one of the most powerful and catastrophic.
As yogis we can use the power of the subtle to create peace. One of my teachers would meditate in groups in war-torn areas and the fighting in those areas would cease. However, after 10 days of this effort, many meditators would be exhausted from generating light in these deeply unsettled places. Every thought generates positivity or negativity and that ultimately contributes to the peace of the planet.
They say a butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the world and it causes a volcano to erupt on the other side of the world.
What you think, who you are, and how you do things has an impact that you cannot fully imagine or comprehend.
One of the things that changed me deeply in India is that 20 people or more at one time watched my every movement. It is curiosity that causes foreigners to be observed so closely in small Indian villages. And it has the effect of making you deeply and profoundly aware of your self, your thoughts expressed through movement, what you believe about yourself and others. I naturally became more conscious of my thoughts and feelings because someone was always noticing it around me.
I took more care and this mindfulness made me more graceful. I appreciated my surroundings with a new sense of divinity. These insights are the basis of the techniques that I teach in the Center Point course. I teach simple and subtle techniques that connect you to your inner divinity without effort. Also, the techniques are designed to be fun so that you continue to practice them!
As Sri K. Pattabhi Jois says, “With practice, all is coming.”
Knowing that your thoughts, actions and consciousness have an effect is one of the ways to make real change on the planet by working on yourself. Nature is holisitic. Working on yourself and becoming happier makes a more peaceful planet. What will have more effect; accomplishing a task in which you are rushed and angry or taking a minute to find the source of your frustration before you move into action? The yogis believe that if you accomplish something at the gross but sacrifice the subtle, then you have accomplished nothing. But if you honour the subtle, then whatever you do will be a true accomplishment.