What if the the 1997 fantasy comedy Liar Liar turned out to be a reality. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone spoke the Truth & Only the Truth.
Politicians and lawyers were always known to be professional liars. But the disease has spread rapidly. From powerful CEO’s and entrepreneurs to pretty women and the common man, rich & poor , young & old – the ability to be a consummate liar seems to be a core competency that is coveted in the corporate world. “Break the Rules – But dont get caught”, that seems to be the new paradigm.
Th motive for lying could be many. The common underlying factor that makes people lie is probably EGO & DESIRE. And these two evils are cultivated by a Weak and Impure Mind. And thats the link with YOGA.
As children our parents and teachers advised us on being a good human being. Dont Steal, Dont tell Lies.… The rules were strict. The punishment for breaking the rules was stricter. This has been the way of life in India for thousands of years. And all of this was documented a few thousand years back in a treatise called Yoga Sutras by the great Rishi Patanjali.
Over the years as we seem to have meandered from our childhood path. This BLOG compiles the Essence of Yoga as explained by Sri M. Its a refresher on the rules of being a good human being – The Yamas & Niyamas. These are the Rules & Observances that help you change your lifestyle, attitude and belief system. This is the starting point for everlasting peace and happiness that is elusive.
Sri M has explained them beautifully in the talk below. Please listen to it and internalise the essence of these foundation building blocks. And maybe this International Yoga Day take a silent vow to follow one key restraint in life – be Truthful.
For those interested in following the path set by Patanjali in Yoga Sutras, Sri M has explained all the 8 limbs of Yoga beautifully. Simple and clear – this is one of the finest explanations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s. Each sessions is about 30 Minutes long. For anybody wanting to understand the true meaning of Yoga and how to progress on this journey these crisp Videos will be invaluable.
Ashtanga Yoga is a well documented step by step process to progress on the path to Kaivalya or Nirvikalpa Samadhi – A state where you are one with the Eternal Truth or Brahman. Yoga is a science that helps you to establish “Chitta Vritti Nirodhah”, which means to control or quieten the fluctuations/ waves of the mind.
The Yoga Sutras comprise of 4 sections. The 1st part Samadhi Pada defines the Aim or Goal – which is Samadhi. The second section Sadhna Pada talks about the HOW. The 3rd Section Vibhuti Pada talks about expansion of Consciousness and the last part Kaivalya talks of the Results.
Asanas – For a healthy body & mind. As Sri M says, Asana is not about twisting your body and experiencing pain. The term ” sthira sukham asana” means a posture in which you can sit for long in “sukha” without fidgeting , without pain, comfortably.
Prana is the Life Energy Force. Pranayama is the rules & regulations regarding Prana. Remember Prana is not just breath – but includes all the life forces like digestion , excretion etc. The connect with all these forces is through breath “shwasa” hence Pranayama is commonly perceived as a breathing exercise. Pranayama helps you to focus your attention inwards.
Pratyahara means selective sense engagement. It is not sense withdrawal.
Dharana is the capacity to hold your mind together and get it into an expansive state. Dharana comes in the 1st part of the Vibhuti Pada of the Yoga Sutras. The word Vibhuti mean Expansion.
The transition from Dharana to Dhyana is done by very few. Extension or lengthening of the intention of Dharana leads to Dhyana. When you have perfected Dharana and the mind is in a settled state for long it leads to Dhyana.
Kaivalya or Freedom is the result of the Samadhi. This is the state when the mind is absolutely still with no fluctuations. There is only the Purusha. This is the state when the Goal of Yoga has been attained – Chitta Vritti Nirodhah.