Trevor Leggett was given a special mandate by his teacher, Hari Prasad Shastri, to disseminate the teachings of Adhyatma Yoga.

All Trevor’s books were dedicated to his teacher. This section comprises notes of  typical exchanges.

Trevor says “on informal occasions he would sometimes speak of the yoga process in brief sentences, like lightning flashes.
There were no concessions or modifications”.

Here are examples of such a summaries, filled out with notes from other occasions:

Adhyatma Yoga is very little physical

The physical side includes menial service of the teacher and the yoga, but in yoga, the central drive must be for transcendence. Without that, it is not yoga but a personal or social activity of some kind. There are those who believe that there is a sort of side...

Yoga is very much psychological

There is an external physical side to three yoga procedures: sitting-in-meditation, controlling the vital forces by breathing, and repeating a mantram. But the physical is to make the mental process easier, not to distract from it. We know this in daily life, when we...

Yoga practice is a way through the world-illusion

Yoga practice is a way through the world-illusion; though the path itself is part of the illusion, it contains indications of how to get out. In the same way, when an official, say a Mayor, is going to resign from his onerous position after long years of service, he...

To be a realist, overcome realism

In ordinary speech, realism is opposed to idealism; objects truly exist - they are not mental creations. But as a matter of fact, scientific experiments done on the basis of realism, become self-contradictory. Bertrand Russell pointed out, in a remark which impressed...

Goodness is the inner side of spiritual merit

While it goodness is a conscious process, it is still a binding force. It can be compared to breathing. Most people breathe badly, but they can be taught to breathe with the whole lung. For a time the correct breathing has to be practised consciously, and to some...

It will happen; it is a moral law.

It must happen, because it is the Self which is calling - from beyond the known - to the same self, now almost ready to throw off its imprisonment in its little known. But still, it takes courage to face vastness, even the vastness of its own Self.

To stand free in one’s subjective being.

Hints of the inner freedom can be seen in outward things. Dr. Shastri never looked surprised; and though he was a most energetic man, he never looked worried either As to spreading the holy truth, he told his pupils that they were to bring it to the notice of as many...

Jealousy of spiritual success

Toleration. 'Those who came before Me were thieves and robbers' - Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Rama ...! It is only in Europe that a man has been allowed to be killed for expressing an opinion which was not the orthodox opinion. He did say on another occasion that perhaps...

Yoga does not mean a change of faith

To revere the faith of others is as much a duty as to revere one's own. If the faith of others is studied deeply, and practised, the yogin will recognize through the differences of expression, the essence of his own. A modern Zen teacher said that when he first read...

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