- Do not lie- As we saw above, restraining our thoughts and actions! By doing it, we should or we can avoid the temptations of telling lies. If we delve deep, we understand how often we speak lie. Now that doesn’t say whether you speak lie with good intention or bad. Lie is evil, that’s it!
- Do not hurt anyone- The practitioner of yoga should have clean thought process and should be compassionate at heart. Hurting others, mere thinking to hurt others or even just a thought of ill about others is bad for yourself! It never allows you to be at peace with yourself and you cannot master yoga.
- Do not run after others’ money- Yes, our ancient gurus were wise enough. They knew that unless one conquers the thought of money-mindedness, they cannot be unattached in their day to day chores and non-attachment is the basic motive behind yoga. Therefore, those who constantly think about others’ money and how to get hold of it without much effort will never be able to learn yoga.
- Do not be a slave- This point is described in scriptures under the heading- Do Not Accept Gifts! The idea behind is that for a practitioner of yoga, it is necessary to maintain freedom of thoughts and actions. Only then he can master the intricacies of the science and reap the highest rewards. If he or she accepts gifts (or we can say-desires gifts), he or she becomes the slave of the person who gifts. And once the person becomes the slave, he or she cannot work for any higher purpose of existence and yoga is one of them. Therefore, maintain your harmonious living by staying away from bribes, unsolicited gifts, and even desire for such things.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
With the health-awareness increasing globally, Yoga has become a household word. Many people have opened up their Yoga Fitness Centers and flocks of people are religiously following their routines there. But many people still don’t know what exactly yoga is and why it is to be followed.
To understand this, one has to first know what Yoga is not or what it shouldn’t be. So, let’s see-
(1) Yoga is not attached to any religion
(2) Yoga is not just the Yogasanas (the stretching exercises)
(3) Yoga is not just general exercise (though it provides good one) that one can do any time of the day when free
(4) Yoga is not a time-stipulated exercise that one can perform in hurry
(5) Yoga is not just a ritual
Then what it is?
- The shortest possible definition of Yoga is- “It is the way of life!”
- It is something that is connected to your inner peace and subconscious.
- “Yogaschitravrutti Nirodhah” says Patanjali. It is the power to control your indriyas (senses) and gain mastery over your own health.
- The yogic asanas are the postures that give good flexibility to your joints and better massage to your internal organs, thus keeping you fit and fine.
- It is something that connects you with the supreme universal power (You may call it God, Nature, or just Supreme Being)
- Yoga is the state of mind that gives you the ultimate serenity despite being at the height of your consciousness.
- Yoga is the method by which you make yourself aware of your purpose of existence and gain supreme confidence in your righteous ways.
- It is a combination of dhyaan (meditation), yogic postures, breathing techniques, Pranayam, and the righteous modes of living.
Who can perform Yoga?
Certainly the yogic postures can be performed by all who want to earn better flexibility. But if they want to attain higher possibilities as mentioned above with Yoga, they should follow the below-mentioned things-
(1) Be yourself
(2) Be on the right path
(3) Do not earn bad money
(4) Always help others
(5) Believe in the Supreme Being
(6) Do not think bad about others
(7) Shed that ego ( with practice, we can)
The above mentioned points may sound little weird to a person who has recently joined the Yoga Class. But the real expert gurus in Yoga say that these things will help you attain the highest benefits from Yoga. And certainly we do want that, isn’t it? In this blog, you will read in future numerous articles related to Yoga as way of life, as spiritual experience, as breathing exercise, and as a way to boost positive health on all planes. Hope you will enjoy reading!