The Early Years - Adivarapupeta India
This was the beginning of a period of deep meditation and intensive Tapas.
Neither rain, sun, heat or cold could distract him from his single minded
concentration. . .
and obstacles were many. A few tried to pull his legs, a few tried to pry
open his closed eyelids, a few threw filth and even burning rags on him as if
to test his resolve. Insects, scorpions and small animals would bite him
while he was in deep Samadhi. But the Bala Yogi never broke his
concentration and remained in Samadhi. 23 hours a day. In the 24th hour
(midnight) he would take some milk and a little fruit and bath in the river
canal. On more than one occasion as he went to bathe he was bitten by cobra
snakes which inhabited the area . Although his body was poisoned and racked
with pain he never deviated from his 23 hour meditation. He once said "A
true Yogi must never back down or change the course of his determined path no
matter what the obstacles".
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