Thursday October 19, 2017

Yogic Science: Embracing peace and happiness on the International Day of Yoga

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Amritsar: Artist Harwinder Singh Gill`s creation reading `Yoga` on the eve of ``International Yoga Day`` in Amritsar on June 20, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The goal has always been the same. The aim for the ancient seers involved not just their own benefit, but also the welfare of the neighbors, relatives and the entire mankind. Their daily routine was such that right from the morning till the evening, multifarious tasks were performed for ensuring peace, happiness and bliss of the society.

With the passage of time and change of place, a natural transformation took place and various elements were added into the yogic practice.

By practicing yoga, health benefits, concentration, calmness and bliss are spontaneously achieved.

Hence, in the midst of economic progress and development, it is essential to revive and propagate the highly exalted yet practical yogic system.

Meaning of Yoga

The exact meaning and definition of Yoga is “to become One with God”, to achieve Godhead or to become the form of God himself. This is the supreme aim for a human being.

As long as an individual does not achieve this goal, he will have to undergo the repetitive cycle of birth and death. Moreover, the desire for eternal knowledge and consciousness will remain unfulfilled.

The completion of this cycle is what is termed as Yoga. Whatever process is undertaken in order to actualize the effort to become whole, transforms into Yoga.

Karma-Yoga, Gyana-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Raja-Yoga, Samkhya-Yoga among other processes are called yoga. But that activity, knowledge, devotion, mantra or asana which is not directed towards God cannot be called yoga. They are called Bhoga or selfish ego-centric work which leads to self-annihilation.

The Power of Yoga

The knowledge of God as enunciated in the Vedas by the ancient rishis or seers is considered as the perfect scripture by the people of India.

What is found in the Vedas is seen everywhere in the world around us and what is not mentioned in the Vedas cannot be found to be existing anywhere.

The person who is able to fathom the conscious-unconscious, the earth and beyond, heaven-hell, sin and piety, activity and inactivity is known as a Yogi.

Kinds of Yoga

Asana(postures), Mudra(poses), Pranayama(breathing exercises), Dhyana( meditation), Dharana(withdrawal of senses) and Samadhi( Meditative absorption) come within the threefold realm of Ashtanga-Yoga, Mantra-Yoga and Japa-Yoga.

Apart from the major Yoga disciplines, Siddha-Yoga, Japa-Yoga and Integral-Yoga are also laid forth by the Vedas.

The mystery of the yoga process has been enshrined elaborately in Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras, Maharshi Bhardwaj’s Mimamsa-Darshan, Mantra-Yoga Samhita, Hatha-Yoga Samhita, Raja-Yoga Samhita, Maharshi Vashishta’s Yoga-Vashishta, Puranas and Tantra books.

The Science of Yoga

Description of the nine chakras( Swirling Energy Disks)

  • Mooladhara(Root Chakra): The first chakra is located at the base of the spine, between the anus and the genitals. One ascends the path of liberation by activating the base chakra which supplies nutrients. At this energy level, primary and instinctual needs of food, shelter, procreating and survival reign supreme.

  • Swadhishtan Chakra(Sacral Chakra): Located four fingers below the belly button, activation of this energy field leads to greater stability and control of the emotional upswings. A person can become attractive by channelizing energy in the chakra which relates to the genitourinary system and the adrenals.

  • Manipura Chakra(Navel Chakra): Located near the navel, Manipura corresponds to digestive and metabolic systems.  Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.

  • Anahata Chakra(Heart Chakra): Symbolized by a circular flower with twelve green petals, Anahata  is related to the thymus, located in the chest. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.

  • Vishudha Chakra(Throat Chakra): Depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, Visuddha is understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is parallel to the thyroid, and is responsible for growth and maturation.

  • Ajna Chakra(Third Eye Chakra): Symbolized by a lotus with two petals, Ajna is  linked to the pineal gland, a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up, and is also postulated to be the production site of the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine, the only known hallucinogen endogenous to the human body.

         Ajna deals with visual consciousness, mental clarity and emotional intuitiveness.

  • Sahasrara Chakra(Crown Chakra): Considered to be the state of pure consciousness, at this point there exists neither object nor subject. When the energy rises to this point, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained.

The Yogic knowledge is an essential and vital part of the Sanatani tradition.

As has been mentioned by a previous publication of the Yogic scripture, “The uniqueness of this work is that one finds myriad Yogic processes, those that are being followed and those that are no longer followed.”

To this day, the scripture is being published by Ma Pithambara Peetha, Sanskrit division.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. You have made a passing reference to the Nine Chakra system of Poorna Yoga or Hiranyagarbha Yoga which is the true exposition of Adwaita or true and complete unity of the every manifestation in the universe. You appear to have explained all tenets of Yoga in this context, learning almost translating verbatim from the book “Yoga Vigyan” as is clear from your quote regarding the uniqueness of this work and the mention of this text currently being published (in two parts) by the Peetambaraa Peeth in Datia. I am writing this in the hope of getting you to write about the complete description of the Nine Chakras available in the source you have used, including the Lallanaa Chakra and Brahmarandhra Chakra. This complete description of Yoga would benefit all aspiring towards understanding and achieving Advaita consciousness. In this context, another must read being published from the same Peetaambaraa Peeth, Datia, Madhya Pradesh, India is Gherand Samhita with a Hindi Teekaa as well as a very enlightening Bhoomikaa written by Paramshraddheya Rashtraguru Shri 1008 Shri Swamiji Maharaj of Datia, wherein he dwells upon Dwaitwaadi and Adwaitwadi Yoga amongst other issues, thereby clarifying many of the distortions which had crept into the literature, traditions and understanding of Yoga over the past few centuries. May divinity bless you for your good work in serving the universal consciousness with your writings.

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Forbes Rich List 2017: Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali Named as 19th Richest Indian

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Acharya Balkrishna. Wikimedia

Oct 05, 2017: Patanjali Ayurveda’s Acharya Balkrishna, the partner of yoga acharya Ramdev, has bagged the nineteenth position this year in the Forbes magazine’s Annual India Rich List 2017 with total assets of $6.55 billion (Rs. 43,000 crores).

Reliance Industries Ltd. foreman Mukesh Ambani managed India’s wealthiest position for the tenth straight year as his total assets swelled to $38 billion (Rs. 2.5 trillion), while Anil Ambani was positioned much lower at the 45th place with $3.15 billion.

Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi moved down from his previous second place to the ninth.

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Wipro’s Azim Premji held the second position with total assets of $19 billion, climbing two spots from a year ago.

The Hinduja brothers are at the third position with $18.4 billion, while Lakshmi Mittal is presently positioned fourth ($16.5 billion) and Pallonji Mistry fifth ($16 billion).

Forbes said the rundown was arranged utilizing shareholding and budgetary data secured from the families and people, stock trades, investigators and administrative offices.

 

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These 7 Yoga Practices Can Help You to Ease Your Wandering Mind and Enhance Concentration

Yoga is regarded as the ultimate healer for the soul and body

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Yoga is known to be the ultimate healer for the soul and body. Pixabay
  • Practising yoga daily could develop greater agility, have a positive effect on your concentration, and altogether help you live a more fulfilling life
  • Yoga is a lot more than just an activity which molds your body; it has the intense impact on the human mind
  • It could steer the mind away from all distractions and calm it down completely

New Delhi, August 18, 2017: Yoga is known to heal the soul and body. It has an intense impact on your mind. It declutters one’s emotional health, fixes our mind, and helps one to overcome ailments, stress, etc.

The emotional clusters do not let one reach their full potential and negatively affect our mental being. Healthy bodies grant greater success in fields of our interests and pursuits at passions, work, hobbies, and with family. Practising yoga daily could develop greater abilities, have a positive effect on your concentration, and help you live a fulfilling and better life.

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Referring to Patanjali, Yoga Chitta vritti nirodha, which conveys “yoga is the reduction of fluctuations of the mind.” Yoga has the ability to steer away all distractions and calm the mind down completely.

Listed below are some yoga asanas to boost one’s concentration and steer away distractions:

  • Prayer pose:

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It is a simple breathing exercise which provides a great way to begin your practice. Pixabay

* This pose inlcudes doing breathing exercise and provides a way to begin your yoga pratice.

* Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and make a prayer pose by folding your hands. Keep your spine straight and try to calm your mind down by concentrating on your breaths.

* Salutation seal aids in centering your focus and concentration and eases out your breathing.

  • Tadasana:

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Tadasana is also known as the mountain pose. Wikimedia

* Tadasana is also known as the Mountain Pose. It is regarded as the mother of all the yoga postures as they come from this base asana.

*  To begin with, stand barefoot on the floor with both your feet and legs together. Slightly bend the knees and then loosen the joints by straightening them.

* Breathe in. Now gently lift your toes and make an endeavor to balance the whole body using your heels. While balancing your whole body weight, Stretch your chest, shoulders, and arms upwards. Feel the stretch. Hold this posture for around five to ten seconds. Now gently exhale.

  • Pranayama:

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This formal practice includes controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana. Wikimedia

*This formal practice includes controlling your breath

* There are different pranayama types named in Hatha yoga, to improve concentration and build up the prana like nadishidhana pranayama, kumbhaka pranayama, among others.

  • Vrikshasana:

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This asana is basically a balancing pose. Pixabay

* This posture is similar to a strong and steady tree which requires balance.

* Its main advantages lie in improving the nervous system and balance.

* Stand upright with your knees absolutely straight and feet together and the arms resting at their respective sides. Now the first step is to raise the right foot. Hold its ankle using your right hand without letting your left knee bend. The joint at the knee is where your right leg will be folded. Inhale and lift your hands, in a joined position, gradually above your head. Stand straight and stretch yourself, maintaining your balance. While trying to balance this pose, look straight. Exhale and gradually bring your hands in the middle of your chest. Go back to the original position by slowly keeping the right leg down.

  • Natarajasana:

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It is named after the dancing avatar of Lord Shiva. Pixabay

* Natarajasana has been given its name after Nataraja, Lord Shiva’s dancing avatar and is also known as the dancing pose.

* It is one posture that will need time if one wants to master it.

* One must practice this posture for a minimum of 15 to 30 seconds.

  • Garudasana:

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The pose acquires its name from Garuda, the Hindu god, known for his focus, power, and strength. Wikimedia

* This asana acquires the name from Garuda, the Hindu god.

* Your hip and spine should be straight and shoulder should be pointing forward. Looking at a distance and breathing evenly will enable you to maintain your balancing.

* It helps you obtain strength and balance. It can take time to maintain balance or fully wrap your legs or hands. But never force yourself and your body into this posture.

  • Utrasana:

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It is also known as the camel pose. Wikimedia 

* Utrasana or the Camel Pose comprised of a bend in the backward direction that looks similar to a camel’s pose when one takes a sitting position.

* Ustrasana stretches and strengthens your shoulders and back and makes your posture better. It improves respiration, excretion, and digestion and relieves one from a backache. It balances and heals your chakras as well as stimulates your endocrine glands.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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Baba Ramdev: Babri Case is not a matter of Land but Conscience

"This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience."

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, "This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. Wikimedia
  • Baba Ramdev recently spoke at World Peace and Harmony Conclave
  • The Patanjali founder called the Babri Case a matter of Conscience and not land 
  • Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also spoke at the event

August 14, 2017: Yoga guru and Patanjali founder Baba Ramdev spoke at the World Peace and Harmony Conclave on Sunday.

On the topic of the Babri dispute, Baba Ramdev sided with Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a Shia cleric, that peace is the only way the matter needs to be resolved. The Shia cleric also spoke at the event.

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, “This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience.” Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also promoted peace as a solution to the Babri dispute. He further said that if the Supreme court verdict is in favor of the temple, then Muslims should give up their claim on the disputed land, mentioned PTI report.

Further, the cleric expressed full faith in the proceedings of the Supreme Court. ANI reports that the Maulana also said, “If Babri Masjid verdict is not in favor of Muslims, then they should peacefully accept it.”

He also said that giving away one thing that is close sends thousands in return, a remark which has received a lot of criticism.

On Friday, the Supreme Court began the cross-hearing in the Babri case. Maulana’s comments imply that Shia Waqf Board accepts having a mosque built at a distance from the disputed land.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394