Man may be of the east or the west, he may be a rich or a poor, black or white, what he needs, what he seeks is only peace and happiness. Though he is seeking peace, yet the ways, the means or the apparatus which he or she is using, are leading him towards pain, sorrow and agony because the joy which he is gaining from the gross world is all either superfluous one or from the external materialistic world which can be perceived through the senses only. So the pleasure which is being gained by the senses which is leading ultimately towards darkness and death, he is in search of that Supreme eternal unfading beauty and perennial joy by various pros and cons and also many investigations.
The story is not the new one to the human
constitution but it is from the creation itself, in time immemorial from the birth of the very first man on the earth. Man
is industrious one to seek, to find, to enter progress towards the very
prosperity only through which he can establish in the realm of Supreme Blessed
One. Absolute realisation of all
these races has brought a very subtle understanding that the cause of the
sorrows does not lie in external environment or the world but it is an iceberg
within the individual one. The very
mind of the man ids the only mischief mongering matter to create desires after
desires and in fulfilling the same search of peace, man is in the pieces.
In general phenomenon a physician investigates
patients with various medical machines and teats the patient which brings
ultimately a sound health to him. But
in case of mind one is to check the mind with his own mind only and a media
which is used to mind the mind is again mind only.
So in first case we are totally gross whereas in another we are
absolutely subtle. So we can say a
journey from gross to the subtle is the Science of Yoga.
According to Maharshi Patanjali this is known
as Ashtanga Yoga which brings an education or a syllabus of eight – fold of
discipline for the achievement of absolute peace through the discipline of this
But again individual discipline, social
discipline, physical discipline, vital discipline, sensual, mental, intellectual
and cosmic discipline which is known as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama,
Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana, and Samadhi were not possible to achieve directly
one after another, step by step or at a time altogether by some psychic remedy.
So the scientist sage had an invention of the middle path to commence for
the achievement of the worthy goal with the help of discipline his own body.
As in the locomotive engine the fire, water, steam, piston, cylinder,
connecting rod, fly-wheel, engine and train are linked with each other and the
checking of the steam is making the possible check in entire train itself.
In the like manner, the discipline of the body brought the discipline of
Prana, senses, mind, intellect etc. one
after another. But it was so smooth, it was hard and stiff against the will
of mind because it was not so easy. It
became famous with the name of Hatha Yoga. The Yoga which is being practised
forcefully in the beginning stage was like breaking of a strong rock for
bringing out a Spring of Sweet Water.
Hatha Yoga which is known to the modern man as a term
of “Yoga” brings harmony in different systems of the physiological values of
the individual one.
In the environment and the tension in which the
modern man is crushed physically, economically, psychologically, mentally and so
on, the science of yoga has brought a new hope for the modern man.
Even a little yogic exercises practiced scientifically, systematically
and regularly can bring an immense result in the investigation of the modern
medical apparatus and have declared a practitioner of yoga asanas and pranayama
as an unusual, abnormal supreme health possessing personality.
The respiratory system which can be measured through the computerized
electronic gadgets or the circulatory system shows a valuable eras of the sound
and perfect health.
In the indigestion, gas formation,
constipation, loss of appetite, insomnia, hyper-acidity, cervical spondilitis
and migraine or common tension like diseases, has brought amazing result by the
sincere practice of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama , Kriyas etc.
Little practice of deep breathing and Shava
Asanas has made a miracle in the direction of the daily need of physical and
mental relaxation. One can become
free, live and lead a very healthy and strong life with even little practice of
this art of relaxation even after serious cardiac attack.
We are constituted with three kinds of nature,
namely, Satva, Rajas and Tamas. Regular
practice of Yoga Asanas and Pranayama makes man free from the clutch of
callousness or Tamas and slowly and gradually, very silently our entire Rajasic
nature merges in the Satva, the purity. With
this practice we can lead a real life of harmony and balance – a life
of sincerity and purity, a life of non-irritation, calmness, presence of mind
and culmination. What else we need?
The growth of science, investigations and
inventions of modern gadgets of electronics have made a man a simple slave and a
person with no patience and discrimination.
He has become a simple racket of very lower nature, of lust and anger,
jealousy an ego. Regular and
sincere perseverance in the field of Yogic practice can bring an amazing hidden
power, a great magazine of the eternal strength to strive against these devilish
traits and can uplift us towards the bright and shining prosperous future or the
horizon of the Divine Life.
A great scientist and Yogi, SadGurudev Sri Dr.
Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj says, “ Oh man, practice Yoga regularly.
Don’t be lazy. Never forget your duty.
You are not this body. You
are not this restless mind. You are
radiant immortal Atman. Practice
Yoga vigilantly and diligently now. You
will shine and prosper. Practice it
with vims and vigour. The Supreme
joy awaits you. Plod on steadily.
Bright future awaits you.”
This is the message of our culture. This is the
lofty teaching of our heritage. Yoga is a way of life.
May you love our motherland, the Bharat Varsha, its culture, and by
putting it in our daily practice, we bring real peace in our life!
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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