There are a lot of sayings with regards to ‘healthy body leads to a healthy mind’ and so on. All these sayings have come because of the experience and observations made by our ancestors. All such sayings ring true even today. With a healthy, physically fit body the chemical reactions created within you all lead to a state of alertness and general well-being – you feel good about yourself; it gives you the confidence to face the world with a smile. One of the best ways to keep fit is to follow the dictum of early to bed and early to rise. By following this routine, you let the body cycle into a comfortable rhythm – wake up, exercise, meditate, breakfast, work, lunch, work, family time, dinner, sleep and rest for the body to recover. While you do this one needs to remember that anything in excess is not good for the body – it could be sleep, work, exercise, food, etc – with a little bit of practice you will be able to find your own body’s rhythm – that is because each individuals physiology is different.
Just imagine if you fall sick all the time, do you think you will be able to sit for meditation comfortably for half an hour? If you do not have the mental or physical strength to sit down for half an hour, how will you even start meditation? If you are destined to be spiritual, then you will definitely find the time and the motivation to exercise, do yoga, make your body physically fit to sit down for that crucial half an hour for your inward journey! Your physical body houses your ‘soul’ – so if you want the soul to become strong then you have to ensure that its house is strong too. In fact, it is your responsibility to ensure a strong house for the progress of your soul. Swamiji keeps sending us motivational videos which show him exercising even today – why is that? That is just so his children understand the importance of physical health for a spiritual future.
With peak physical fitness, you will find your entire attitude to life is different – it is more positive, more confident, more jovial, more compassionate as you imbibe all the positive chemical reactions in your physical body that give you a healthy physique – with this sitting for meditation becomes easy. With the guidance of your spiritual Master your inward journey begins and with the passage of time you start developing a glowing face, a kind of radiance which we call Swamiji’s facial. Pray that all of you can develop the sense of having Swamiji’s facial on all the time!