OF B.K.S. Iyengar's Birthday Message for Manouso


For me, it's no doubt, that one of my oldest students Manouso, who has devoted, I think all his life the moment he accepted yoga as a subject - he honestly, sincerely, and totally, gave his life. Not only to learn, but to serve the humanity (society and humanity), with zeal, in such a way, that he treated all his friends and students, who underwent training with him, as if their bodies are his own body and his own mind.

Such a noble person, who has one mind - to help others. So he is a rare product, no doubt! And, I am proud of his work. Although I don't praise in public, but in my heart of hearts, I have high regard for him, as I consider him as one of the best students of many best students of all. No doubt!

I pray for his strength and I pray that his mind becomes more and more universal, so that he comes in contact only with man to man, without color or creed. As I said, I am proud of him, as I am proud of all my elder students, who built yoga to become the pillar for the firm foundation for health and happiness. And I am grateful to him and to all who carried on my work, in that stupendous speed, in converting and transforming the people towards a rich life. Hence, I am not only proud of him, but of all of them, all of them, who were in the early days, which made "yoga" become a household subject in all of America.

I pray to God that he should be kept healthy for years to come, and let him serve with the same zeal, even though he may physically feel weak as he grows. It's natural, but I wish that he maintains that spirit of going out of his way for people who are in need of him.



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