Illness and Injury Beseige Yogaswami

a. Yogaswami was a robust man, but he suffered from diabetes. From the early '50s he received daily insulin shots from a doctor-devotee.

b. Devotees regarded Yogaswami’s fall as a sacrificial injury, for it allowed them unfettered access to their beloved satguru. They gathered with devotion each day at the new hermitage, singing, meditating, listening to his wisdom and reveling in a closeness never experienced before. c. Yogaswami urged devotees to “Wear the body like a sandal,” a call to not be overly concerned for their physical body, but use it well. One day while feeding his cow, Valli, bananas, she tossed her head, throwing him to the ground. His life changed, but his detachment never wavered.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Giving a gift begrudgingly in return for another gift is, of course, mere barter. Many families barter their way through life in this way, thinking they are giving. But such gifts are cold, the fulfillment is empty, and the law of karma pays discounted returns.
—Gurudeva