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Order of today’s Yoga

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  • surya
    It has become the fashion of the day to use the word Yoga for every activity. Yoga means simply attainment. But attainment of what is important? The Yoga
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2006
      It has become the fashion of the day to use the word Yoga for every
      activity. Yoga means simply attainment. But attainment of what is
      important? The Yoga shastra of Patanjali uses this word strictly in
      the attainment of Eswara (Lord). To render service (practical
      devotion) to the Lord, mental and physical health is needed. The
      early five stages (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara)
      concentrate on this attainment of physical and mental health.
      Afterwards the other three stages (Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi) deal
      with the main subject of attainment of the Lord. The preachers are
      stopping with the early five steps only and limiting their efforts
      by turning their spiritual workshops in to gymnasiums, hospitals and
      recreation centers. By this you are preaching the art of peaceful
      and happy living on this earth. If you stop here, the main goal of
      Patanjali Yoga is totally lost.

      A Boy who is admitted to the school is given fees and good food. He
      is expected to go to the school and study. But, he goes to the
      cinema theatre and uses the fees to purchase the ticket for cinema.
      This is the fate of Yoga today. The Yoga centre teaches all the
      steps to attain physical health by the first four steps and mental
      health by the fifth step. The person becomes fully healthy and
      attains mental peace by the control of thoughts (chittavrutti
      Nirodhah… Yoga Sutra).

      The thought is controlled so that it is diverted from the world to
      use it in the direction of devotion (Vyavasayatmika… Gita). A horse
      is controlled by the owner so that it will not have freedom to go as
      it likes in the wrong directions. Therefore, controlling thoughts to
      divert the mind to the right path is Pratyahara. It is withdrawal of
      mind (Kurmonganiva….Gita) but not destruction of mind (Manolaya
      Yoga). The preachers are talking about the dissolution of thoughts
      which is equal to killing the horse. By doing so the horse cannot be
      used in any direction. The purpose is lost. One medicine to cure the
      tooth pain was advertised like this: by using this medicine you will
      never get pain for any tooth because this medicine will remove all
      the teeth from your mouth! Similarly, if you kill the mind, the
      problems and all worries have ended once for all. By killing the
      horse, the problem in controlling it is solved forever!
      Such a state in which the thoughts are dissolved and the mind is
      destroyed results in the state of a stone in human form. You will
      become the statue of the human being carved in a stone!

      at the lotus feet of swamiji
      surya
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