Finding balance between “cleaning the mirror” and “spreading the Light”
Once a young man wanted to know the meaning of life. He searched high and low; he took courses and workshops; but still he could not quite grasp it.
One day, he went to hear a Master speak. At the end of the lecture, the young man raised his hand and asked: “Could you please explain the meaning of life?”
The audience chuckled at the eternal question and started to get up to leave. The Master replied: “That’s a very good question. I have the answer right here in my bag.” He took out a small mirror, captured a ray of light with it, and directed the light to the young man’s face.
“Can you all see how I am catching the light and directing it to his face?” he asked. “Yes.” “The meaning of life,” the Master explained, “is to gather Light and to take it where it’s needed the most. Your purpose is to capture some Light and take it to some dark place in the world.”
The mirror is the mind and body. They have to be clean and pure to catch the light in the first place. Yoga lifestyle is therefore about purifying the mind and keeping the body healthy.