by Robert Wilkinson
Many have enthusiastically responded to my previous postings from Brotherhood by the illustrious Helena Roerich and her very advanced Master known as M. Given the superstitions of our present era regarding Yogis and the lack of understanding about their traits, here's a little gem from Agni Yoga, another remarkable 1st Ray teaching of this school of realization.
Those who seek Yoga for robust health had better partake of a glass of wine and discuss lofty ideas without applying them to life. For the health of a yogi flutters like the wings of a soaring eagle. The eye of the yogi sees like the eagle eye, which you know. The calm of the yogi is like the tension of an ocean wave.
202. The health of the yogi is analogous to the tuning of a vina. The same may be said of the work of the yogi. At times resonant, at times silent, wrapped in the veil of goal-fitness. The aim of the yogi is to fill space with useful affirmation and to direct the energy to where Truth is debased.
Can one blame a yogi if he makes his appearance with suddenness or disappears for long? It is time to cast off attachment to a particular place. Only thought and action can condition the earthly dwelling. Therefore traveling will always be inseparable from Yoga. How else can be born the sensitiveness of mobility? Where is independence tempered? Where is constructed the solitude of realization? The reverberation of the yogi's work gains its expansion from space. A yogi must be familiar with space and be able out of space to bring the word to the people of the world.
203. Those who seek the yogi for instruction will not be equally meritorious. A yogi must understand who comes by accident; who may become a pupil; who may in the future become a pupil-teacher, perfecting himself through the coming ones. It is worse for those who approach the Yoga and then try to return to the old life. Verily, it is easier for the astral body to return into the clutches of the physical body than for him who has acquired even a grain of knowledge to return to the darkness of prejudice. Warn those who wish to know about Yoga. We cannot lead anyone into delusion.
204. Many dream of the shield of the yogi, but find it irksome to forge a sword. But the ability to strike will not come through another's sword.
205. "Awaken, slumberer!" People love to repeat this call. It is especially striking when it is repeated by slumberers who themselves continue to sleep. They sleep for years; they sleep through an entire life; they sometimes fall into sudden slumber and drowsily reiterate strange unintelligible words. Let us not speak of the occasional passers-by, but even those who already understand are subject to attacks of animal sleep. Then the task of the Teacher consists in arousing them, even, if need be, by a stroke of lightning. Because sleep easily may become an obsession.