I recently watched the film Enlighten Up, a documentary made by a female American yogi following a yoga-virgin journalist on his global quest to find the meaning of yoga. Various gurus and yoga ‘celebrities’ were interviewed, including Shri K Pattabhi Jois. I’ve been practicising Mysore style Ashtanga for a year now and naturally consider Pattabhi Jois to be my guru. However, although I’ve seen him interviewed before, this time I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. I felt a great sadness and loss, not only because he’s no longer with us, but because I never had the opportunity to meet and practice with him. Guruji seems to me to be such a gentle, kind man full of peace and joy. I’m filled with love and calmness whenever I picture his face and have a lump in my throat even as I write this. I feel so grateful to him for his teachings and so sure that his path is the one I want to follow. I’ve never had a guru before or felt faith so strongly and, even though he died the very next day after I started practising, he has always been and will always be my guru. Long may his memory live on in all our hearts.
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