The second obstacle for yoga is excessive work (See here for Obstacle 1: Overeating). Its name in Sanskrit is prayasha, meaning “effort” or “hard work”. We, the human beings, in the name of development, progress, modernity, and business expansion have deviated from a natural way of living. We all work, but for what? Our life is twenty-four hours a day. Nothing more. How do we spend these twenty-four hours, and how much money do we really need? Why do we strive to have more money, when having more brings us problems?
Loving and Divine Soul,
Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you and send you my best wishes as we celebrate the Mahasamadhi Day of our beloved Shri Gurudev on 3 December, 2017. Fifteen years have passed. His memory is still flashing in my mind. His dynamism even at an advanced age, his smile, his inspiration, and his wisdom are still vibrant. This is the beauty of the masters and the guru-preceptors.
As we commemorate the Mahasamadhi Day of our beloved Gurudev Baba Hariharananda, on 3 December, we recall a very special feature of this great soul — his humility and love. He could be softer than a flower and sometimes, harder than steel. His speech was lilting and charming. He was like a child with children, a friend to the young, a companion to the old and distressed, and an inspiration to all. But he was always humble. For each of his disciples, he was an example of perfect humility.

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How Should We Eat?
Acharya Shankara has a beautiful hymn Sadhana Panchakam, in which he says:
kshyud vyadischa chikitsyatam pratidinam
bhikshausadham vyunjyatam
“Hunger and appetite is a disease that you must treat every day by taking the food you get through begging as medicine.”

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