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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.

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To the Saivite Hindu, all of life is sacred. All of life is religion. Thus, Saivite art is sacred art, Saivite music is devotional music, and the Saivite's business is not only his livelihood, it is his service to man and God.
—Gurudeva