15 Nov 06
I do it everyday.A common man thinks that only the Sages. Saints and Brahmacharis who have renounced the worldly affairs can lead Yogic life. This is a misconception. Any individual married or unmarried can make his life pleasant by following the Yogic way of life irrespective of his age, occupation, religion,caste and creed. Yogic behaviour changes the gunas of an individual. Nature and all its elements are composed of three gunas Rajas. Sattva and Tamas. Tamo Guna produces sleep, tandra, attachment, fear, dizziness, poverty and misperception etc. Rajo Guna produces, instability, anxiety and tendency to get involved in worldly affairs which generate sorrow. Sattva Guna produces kshama (forgiveness), faith, perseverance, enthusiasm, vigour, mercy and charity etc. which promote pleasure and bliss. The practice of Yoga leads the man towards Sattva dominated stage from Tamasa and Rajasa dominated stages. Therefore, for making the life happy practice of Yoga is most essential.Our life is getting more and more distressed, restless and devoid of pleasure now a days. Its basic cause is this that we live a competitive and stressful life in the name of progress. We concentrate only on one or two aspects of life due to which the development of our personality remains lopsided in place of complete and balanced. This unbalanced development is the main cause of man's distress. There are many aspects of life. These are physical, mental, social (moral) and spiritual. Unless the human personality develops physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in a uniform way till then he will not get rid of distress and till then he will not acquire all-round health. Yoga is a science whicli develops the human personality by affecting all aspects of his existence and provides him complete health, prosperity, happiness and peace.
15 Nov 06
Yoga, meaning 'yoke' in Sanskrit, is a family of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. It is one of the six schools of Hindu Philosophy, in which it is often paired with Samkhya, and they are referred together as the Samkhya-Yoga school. Today in India and across the World, Yoga remains a vibrant living tradition and is seen as a means to enlightenment. Karma Yoga (yoga of Action), Jnana Yoga (yoga of Knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (yoga of Devotion), and Raja Yoga (yoga of Meditation) are considered the four different paths of Yoga. Outside India, Yoga has become primarily associated with the asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga (a development within Raja Yoga placing more emphasis on physical practice than meditation). Yoga as a means to enlightenment is central to Vedanta, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and has influenced other religious and spiritual practices throughout the world. Nevertheless, Yoga was created by the Hindus and it is defined as a Hindu practice which branches of Hinduism such as Buddhism and Jainism adopted. Ancient Hindu texts establishing the basis for yoga include the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and many others, which specify the criteria of having successfully mastered a particular yoga technique. ORGIN: The word "yoga" derives from the Sanskrit root yuj ("to yoke"); which is cognate to modern English "yoke", "jugal" and "jugum" in Latin. All derive from the Proto-Indo-European root*yeug- meaning "to join" or "unite". It is generally translated as "union of the individual atma (loosely translated to mean soul) with Paramatma, the universal soul." This may be understood as union with the Divine by integration of body, mind, and spirit. One who attempts yoga may loosely be referred to as a yogi or in Sanskrit, a yogin (masculine) or yogini (feminine), although these designations are actually intended for advanced practitioners, who have already made considerable progress along the path towards yoga. Images of a meditating yogi from the Indus Valley Civilization are thought to be 6 to 7 thousand years old. The earliest written accounts of yoga appear in the Rig Veda, which began to be codified between 1500 and 1200 BC but had been orally transmitted for at least a millennium prior to this. The first quasi-rational, full description of the principles and goals of yoga is to be found in the Upanisads, thought to have been composed between 700 and 300 BC. The Upanisads are also called Vedanta since they constitute the end or conclusion of the Vedas (the traditional body of spiritual wisdom). In the Upanisads, the older practice of offering sacrifices and ceremonies to appease external gods gives way instead to a new understanding that man can, by means of an inner sacrifice, become one with the Supreme Being (referred to as Brahman or Mahatman) -- through moral culture, restraint and training of the mind.