“This posture is dedicated to Matsya the Fish Incarnation of Visnu, the source and maintainer of the universe and of all things. It is related that once upon a time the whole earth had become corrupt and was about to be overwhelmed by a universal flood. Visnu took the form of a fish and warned Manu (the Hindu Adam) of the impending disaster. The fish then carried Manu, his family and the seven great sages in a ship, fastened to a horn on his head. It also saved the Vedas from the flood.” – BKS Iyengar, Light on Yoga
For any of you who know the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark, this story may seem familiar. I love when, through quotes like this, we see how the fables of different faiths intermingle. To me, the similarities of our spiritual stories serve as evidence of the oneness of all humanity, regardless of our individual faiths. No matter what our religion (or lack thereof), we are all yearning toward an understanding of a higher Self.