Illness and Injury Beseige Yogaswami

a. Yogaswami was a robust man, but he suffered from diabetes. From the early '50s he received daily insulin shots from a doctor-devotee.

b. Devotees regarded Yogaswami’s fall as a sacrificial injury, for it allowed them unfettered access to their beloved satguru. They gathered with devotion each day at the new hermitage, singing, meditating, listening to his wisdom and reveling in a closeness never experienced before. c. Yogaswami urged devotees to “Wear the body like a sandal,” a call to not be overly concerned for their physical body, but use it well. One day while feeding his cow, Valli, bananas, she tossed her head, throwing him to the ground. His life changed, but his detachment never wavered.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Life is meant to be lived joyously. There is in much of the world the belief that life is a burden, a feeling of penitence, that it is good to suffer, good for the soul. In fact, spiritual life is not that way at all.
—Gurudeva