Our beloved Guruji, B.K.S Iyengar, passed at 3:15 am in Pune, India August 20, 2014.
To the world, he was a man of great achievements.
To modern India, he was deemed the greatest yoga master.
To all his pupils, he was Guruji, a beacon of light during our journey of physical and mental struggles.
To all Iyengar Yoga teachers who are anointed by his signature on our certificates, he will continue to be a flowing river of wisdom and nourishment for eons.
Thank you, Guruji, for your tireless and compassionate guidance.
Thank you, Guruji, for your knowledge and writings.
Thank you, Guruji, for your humor and wits.
Thank you, Guruji, for being our light.
Below are some precious wisdom Guruji has shared with us on life and death:
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, II: 9 — “The sadhaka (seeker, practitioner, student) perceives that there is no difference between life and death, that they are simply two sides of the same coin. He understands that the current of self, the life-force, active while he is alive, merges with the universe when he leaves his body at death…….In realizing the oneness of life and death there is an end to ignorance in the aspirant, and he lives forever in the flow of tranquility.”
“Light on Life” — “Discover what does not die, and the illusion of death is unmasked. That is the conquest of death. That is why I did not cry for my wife, in spite of all my pain, for I will not cry for an illusion.”
“I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of the human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. The complexity of the life of the mind comes to an end at death, with all its sadness and happiness. If one is already free from that complexity, death comes naturally and smoothly. If you live holistically at every moment, as yoga teaches, even though the ego is annihilated, I will not say, ‘Die before you die.’ I would rather say, ‘Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration.’”