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7 Signs That You Are A Realized Yogi

What would happen if suddenly all of us became advanced yogis? -hence the seven consequences below- I asked Ramaswami-. What would happen to: goal- setting, achieving, innovation, moving along, if we all sat contemplating and totally detached, not disturbed by anything, not wanting anything?


Highly unlikely he said.

As one progresses in the path of yoga insights dawn on the practitioners and her or his discriminative knowledge increases.  In Sutra 2.27 it says that “seven kinds of ultimate insight come to one who has attained a high level of discrimination“.

These are the seven signs:

1)  The desire to know is no longer present for this yogi, because she is able to see the true nature of everything

2) The desire to do is no longer there

3) The desire to achieve things, even heaven is no longer present for him

4) The desire to get rid of something, anything, goes away

5) Because of 1-4 the mind is no longer distracted

6) There is no fear whatsoever

7) The yogi is never depressed


See Also:
10 Things to Know About Pratyahara -sense withdrawal-, The Pivotal Moment in Yoga’s Path
3 Signs That Kundalini is Awakenig

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16 Responses to 7 Signs That You Are A Realized Yogi

  1. lilasvb June 3, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    thanks for this post

  2. Claudia June 3, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Hi Lila, long time no read! good to hear from you 🙂

  3. Boodiba June 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I'm doing pretty damned good except sometimes I get depressed and I do occasional purges.

  4. Grimmly June 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Nice post Claudia, had forgotten about this one. Wonder if i'm desiring 1-4 a little less, perhaps. Except number 4 though, that cave looks tempting.

  5. Yyogini June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Does &quot;not caring to become a realized yogi as this state&quot; count as &quot;The desire to achieve things, even heaven is no longer present for him&quot;? :p<br /><br />Because a realized yogi in this state is kind of out of sync with the rest of society. I&#39;m mean I&#39;m sure the yogi will stay happy all the time, but it kind sounds like the realized yogi is on a permanent drug high 🙂

  6. Claudia June 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Boodiba, I hear you, me too… get depressed sometimes… we do live in a hectic time!<br /><br />Grimmly, I know that the cave sounds tempting to you, I had forgotten THAT hee hee, but you know? I also asked Ramaswami why didn&#39;t Krishnamacharya just retire to a cave… and he said, that there was no need, he just kept living where he lived all his life and only expanding his practice

  7. practiceandalliscoming June 4, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Good point. <br /><br />no desire to do? who takes care of the sick, infirm, and children? Who make sure there is food to eat and shelter? These things are not even linked to a functioning society but basic human survival. <br /><br />I guess theoretically not everyone gets to be a realized yogi, because someone would have to keep those slackers fed too.

  8. Claudia June 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    hhma, yeah, that is why is highly unlikely, among other things…

  9. Anonymous June 5, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    And of course, traditionally being a yogi is just one option – like it says in the Gita, one can choose action over contemplation (i.e. to engage with the world and follow one&#39;s own dharma). Withdrawal would come later, after career, kids, etc.<br /><br />Also amuses me a little that there an awful lot of aggressive super-competitive types doing ashtanga (people who are unlikely to fit into

  10. Claudia June 5, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Anon, I guess there are people like that and people not like that, like with everything, there is all kinds of people :-)… I know cause I used to be just like you describe, but I find that the discipline of the practice little by little chirped away those things, and these days I find myself wanting to balance the practice so that the eight limbs are practiced every day, guess that is why it is

  11. yoginicory June 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    somehow the desire to not know anythng, to not do anything etc … well. strikes me as odd. if we no longer pursue knowledhge of anything in life, what good are we to ourselves while we are alive?

  12. Claudia June 6, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Yoginicory, yes that is a good point, I asked about that, and the answer is that you would already know the nature of all things, that is why you would not want to know, cause you already know…

  13. YOGAMAMÃ June 6, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I sooo need to work on that step 5. Love your blog

  14. Claudia June 6, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Thank you Yogamama… yeah that is a good one to work on!

  15. Dmitry Rukhlenko August 27, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Уou talk about good things but at the same time you use my image without permission (=steal it). Yoga teaches to steal images?

  16. ClaudiaYoga August 27, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    The image has been removed Dmitry.