Swami Maheshwarananda

When 20-year-old yoga fanatic Natalie was summoned to visit Swamiji Maheshwarananda one evening, while staying at his ashram in India, she was excited at the prospect of benefiting from his spiritual wisdom. In a small room lit by a candle flame, she accepted a hug and obeyed his command to look into his eyes. Minutes passed as the young devotee attempted to melt into his gaze. Her concentration was disrupted when another young woman appeared and sat quietly at their yoga master’s feet, but he remained focused on Natalie. “What do you give me?” he asked Natalie, who thought for a moment before answering: “I give you my mind.” “Only?” he implored. Confused and ashamed that her offering had been deemed inadequate, she tried again. “I give you my heart.” “Only?” he repeated. “My body and soul,” she answered, before reciting some lines from a prayer in a bid to…

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