In fact, we see
throughout history, that the greatest harm in the world has usually been
done by religious and political fanaticism. Even Hitler had such ideas. Yoga tells us that
the greatest effects are not always the most visible or obvious. A yogi in
meditation in the mountains can direct his thought force towards humanity in such a way that he
can create more benefit than any number of charitable institutions.
Whereas the latter work outwardly at the surface of life, the yogi works
inwardly on the source of life. Hence we need not interpret the solitude and inaction of the yogi as
a lack of compassion. It is the same thing as with a king. The king on his throne can direct the affairs
of a kingdom without leaving his palace.
So too, the yogi in meditation can
channel peace to the world without leaving his meditation room.
Hence many yogis prefer to live in areas free of distraction or
large numbers of people. This affords them a clearer space for
directing the energy of consciousness into the world.
Knowledge is itself the highest form of service, as it is only light
which has the power to dispel darkness. Our real service in life
cannot be measured by the names, forms, numbers and quantities of
the outer world. It is not in how much money we give to charity or
how many schools or hospitals we build but how much of the energy of
the Divine we bring into life through our own consciousness.
Yogis merge into the Self of all
beings, into the Divine being himself. As such they gain the power
to influence all beings from within. Once this is acquired they need
no longer keep a particular body to do benefit to the world. Such
yogis become an eternal presence and learn to work through the whole
of life. The great teachers are always with us, in nature, in our