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May 02, 2013 - 9 comments

What is Yoga?

YOGA is an extremely complex spiritual tradition, having a history older than five thousand years. YOGA is an extremely complex spiritual tradition, having a history older than five thousand years. It possesses a very rich and extensive literature. It Possesses a very rich and EXTENSIVE literature. YOGA is what we traditionally call "the knowledge of liberation". YOGA is what we traditionally call "the knowledge of liberation". We all seek, consciously or not, to rise above the limited notion of what we are. We all seek, consciously or not, to rise above the limited notion of what we are. More exactly, we seek to rise above what we usually think we are. More exactly, we seek to rise above what we usually think we are. Generally, we identify ourselves with our body, our mind, with our possessions or relationships, bringing all this together in what we normally call "my life". Generally, we identify identity ourselves With our body, our mind, With our possessions or relationships, bringing all this together in what we normally call "my life". These mental habits do not contain anything but shadows of the truth inside ourselves, and they bury us more deeply in ignorance. These habits do not mind Contain anything but shadows of the truth inside ourselves, And They bury us more deeply in ignorance.

YOGA offers a path for deep introspection with the goal as Truth. YOGA offers a path for deep introspection With The goal as Truth. We all desire to know ourselves, at least to some extent, but is this not an illusion? We all desire to know ourselves, At least to some Extent, but is this not an illusion? If we knew at least 50% of ourselves, do you think we would suffer due to work and family problems? If we Knew At least 50% of ourselves, do you think we would suffer due to work and family problems? On the contrary, we would find out that we are immortal; we are superconscious and omnipotent beings; and we would find the source of eternal happiness. On the Contrary, we would find out That we are immortal, we are superconscious and omnipotent beings, and we would find the source of eternal happiness.

Genuine YOGA implies confrontation with the fascinating mysteries regarding the nature of our microcosmic self. Genuine IMPLIES YOGA With The fascinating mysteries confrontation Regarding the nature of our microcosmic self. It deals with the eternal questions: Why was I born? It deals With The eternal questions: Why was I born? Where do I come from? Where do I come from? What do I live for? What do I live for? What is going to happen to me after I die? What is going to happen to me after I die? Who am I actually?YOGA confers inner freedom and the understanding of the fact that everything is possible, though not all is allowed. Who am I actually? YOGA confers inner freedom and the understanding of the fact That everything is possible, though not all is allowed. Being liable to some unchangable laws, as human beings we all feel limited and impotent when faced with the difficulties of life. Being liable to some unchangable laws, as human beings we all feel limited and impotent When faced With The Difficulties of life. YOGA induces the power and energy to handle these challenges in life. YOGA you induce the power and energy to handle These challenges in life. Moreover, YOGA enables us to overcome the human condition and to reveal our divine nature, the Divine Self within ( Jivatman ). Moreover, YOGA Enables us to Overcome the human condition and to reveal our divine nature, the Divine Self within ( Jivatman ).

YOGA is a science of immortality. Yoga is a science of immortality. It contains the methods for becoming fully aware of the mysterious aspects of being human. It contains the methods for becoming fully aware of the mysterious aspects of being human. It allows for the employment of all the hidden potentialities within ourselves, for elimination of limitations due to ego, for deepening of self-knowledge; and reaching immortality. It Allows for the employment of all the hidden potentialities Within ourselves, for elimination of limitations due to ego, for Deepening of self-knowledge, and reaching immortality.
YOGA aims to gain direct, immediate knowledge of ultimate truth regarding man, existence, and the Universe. YOGA AIMS to gain direct, immediate knowledge of ultimate truth Regarding man, existence, and the Universe.

YOGA leads to bliss ( Samadhi ). YOGA leads to bliss ( Samadhi ). Although this word exists and is common in every language, the word ''samadhi'' denotes a state accessible to only a small number of people. Although this word exists and is common in every language, the word'' samadhi'' Denotes a state accessible to only a small number of people. Experiencing this bliss means to be in full resonance with the beneficial energies of the Universe. Experiencing This Bliss means to be in full resonance With The beneficial energies of the Universe. By reaching the state of samadhi or full bliss, the yogi gets confirmation of ''completion''. By reaching the state of samadhi or full bliss, the yogi gets confirmation of'' completion''. This is where the ineffable fusion occurs between man''s ultimate essence and the Supreme Macrocosmic Universal essence, God. This is where the ineffable fusion Occurs Between man'' s ultimate essence and the Supreme Universal Macrocosmic essence, God.

Usually known in the west in various popular "keep fit" varieties, yoga is in fact a rigorous spiritual discipline, a genuine science of the human being, a complete system controlling all aspects of life. Usually Known in the west in various popular "keep fit" varieties, yoga is in fact a spiritual Rigorous discipline, a genuine science of the human being, a complete system controlling all aspects of life. Beyond the obvious benefits like eliminating stress, healing various illnesses, improving memory and concentration, balancing our emotions, yoga is also about searching answers to existential questions which have been in peoples mind since time began: "For what reason was I born ?" Beyond the obvious benefits like Eliminating stress, healing various illnesses, Improving memory and concentration, balancing our emotions, yoga is searching acerca Also answers to existential questions Which Have Been in peoples mind since time began: "For what reason was I born?" "What is my life for?" "What is my life for?" "What will happen after death?", "Who am I ?". "What will happen after death?", "Who am I?". The original purpose of YOGA is therefore to teach us how to ask correctly and meaningfully the above mentioned questions and how to discover the ultimate truth about the human being, life and universe. The Original THEREFORE purpose of Yoga is to teach us how to ask Correctly and meaningfully the above Mentioned questions and how to discover the ultimate truth about the human being, life and universe.

The oldest systematic description of the YOGA system is to be found in the YOGA-SUTRA of Patanjali (2nd century bc). The oldest systematic description of the Yoga system is to be found in the Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali (2nd century bc). It is a very brief guide which was used together with secret teachings. It is a very brief guide Which was used together with Secret Teachings. This is the reason why for the one who never practiced yoga it is still a text shrouded in mystery. This is the reason why for the one who never practiced yoga a text it is still shrouded in mystery. However YOGA-SUTRA is still the most precise and scientific text ever written on YOGA. However YOGA-SUTRA is still the Most required and scientific text ever written on YOGA. It describes the eight stages in YOGA: It describe the eight stages in YOGA:

YAMA and NIYAMA - inner and outer attitudes, whose aim is to harmonize our interactions with the outer world and with ourselves YAMA and NIYAMA - inner and outer attitudes, Whose aim is to harmonize our interactions With The outer world and with ourselves
ASANA - motionless physical postures for balancing the body's subtle energies Asana - physical motionless postures for balancing the body's subtle energies
Pranayama - the accumulation of cosmic energy ( Prana ) through rhythmic breathing. Pranayama - the accumulation of cosmic energy ( Prana ) through rhythmic breathing.
PRATYAHARA - the withdrawal of the senses' energy from their objects, with the purpose of focusing it towards our inner universe. PRATYAHARA - the withdrawal of the senses' energy From their objects, With The purpose of focusing it towards our inner universe.
DHARANA - focusing the mind upon an unique object. Dharana - focusing the mind upon an object unique.
Dhyana - the unidirectional and continuous flow of mental processes around an object. Dhyana - the unidirectional and continuous flow of Mental Processes around an object.
SAMADHI - telepathic identification of the object of meditation with the practitioner's being. Samadhi - telepathic identification of the object of meditation With The practitioner's being. SAMADHI is the highest state of expanded consciousness and a complete participation of the human being to the Cosmic Life. Samadhi is the highest state of expanded consciousness and a complete participation of the human being to the Cosmic Life. SAMADHI is the ultimate goal in YOGA, leading eventually to the state of spiritual enlightenment and total wisdom. Samadhi is the ultimate goal in YOGA, Eventually leading to the state of spiritual enlightenment and all wisdom.
MUKTI or ultimate spiritual freedom, does not mean deliverance from the manifested world, but a close and permanent identity with the Supreme Consciousness, which is the true nature of one's own self. Mukti or ultimate spiritual freedom, does not mean deliverance from the Manifested world, but a close and permanent identity With The Supreme Consciousness, que is the true nature of one's own self. Ultimate freedom is therefore possible only by realizing one's own identity with the Universe. THEREFORE Ultimate freedom is possible only by one's own identity Realizing With The Universe.

This ultimate spiritual state is NOT to be attained after death or in another dimension of Reality, but HERE and NOW - "Only liberation in this life (JIVANMUKTI) is authentic libe ration" SPANDA PRADIPIKA. This is NOT ultimate spiritual state to be attained after death or in another dimension of Reality, but HERE and NOW - "Only liberation in this life (Jivanmukti) ration is authentic release" SPANDA PRADIPIKA.



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What is Yoga?


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by omhome, May 02, 2013
patanjali says" yoga chitta vritti nirodha" (there are many different spellings---and boy does spell-check go crazy! )-- which is the classical definition of yoga --"yoga is the cessation or extinguishing of the mind-stuff--the mental activity----it is the quieting or stilling of the mind."   That's it. Everything else is distraction for the mind---so it can stay active---tricky business quieting the "monkey on speed"---
     It can be a little easier if we think of the mind as another "muscle" and this muscle is constantly contracting--working--moving--and you can not stop it like you can by relaxing your arm or leg muscles. It does not obey! Try it. Arm contract--it does----arm relax   and it does.   Now mind stop thinking!  HA!    
When legs moving--you are walking.  And when mind is moving you are thinking.  Same things. So allow the mind to relax and you are home within. Still the mind---relax that muscle. Nirvana!
   Or:   they asked the master on the mountain top "what is yoga?"
           and he asks " have you finished eating?"     Yes.
           "Then wash your bowl"!
                        om

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by EvolverU, May 02, 2013
What discipline of Yoga do you practice?

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by omhome, May 02, 2013
if you mean omhome i was trained and lived with sivananda yoga for many years---classical hatha yoga---i use mantra and mudra in my practice and teach asana and meditation in the classical manner. You could say i am now more of tantra yogi---in terms of discipline and philosophy. Some say i am Raja Yogi. I am leaning toward being a Hermit Yogi> HA!
    When asked by students i would say i teach yogadon yoga---meaning i just teach what it is i do now and i tell the other teachers to do the same when they ask ---just be yourself and share what you practice-0--00-the rest is made up and will have little prana----be authentic and the class will have Energy.
    And i teach that yoga is not a workshop but rather more of a playground---a lila--a dance. How about you?

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by ActingBrandNew, May 02, 2013
Thanks for the clarification...I always thought Yoga was that little green guy on Star Wars...

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by ActingBrandNew, May 02, 2013
"Usually known in the west in various popular "keep fit" varieties, yoga is in fact a rigorous spiritual discipline, a genuine science of the human being, a complete system controlling all aspects of life. Usually Known in the west in various popular "keep fit" varieties, yoga is in fact a spiritual Rigorous discipline, a genuine science of the human being, a complete system controlling all aspects of life. Beyond the obvious benefits like eliminating stress, healing various illnesses, improving memory and concentration, balancing our emotions, yoga is also about searching answers to existential questions which have been in peoples mind since time began: "For what reason was I born ?" "

Wow...very interesting!!!

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by nursegirl6572, May 02, 2013
Yes!  Interesting indeed.  I have to admit though, I really struggled to read it with all the repeated duplicate sentences.  Was that possibly from the translation?  Or is that done purposely to stress the points?  :0)

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by EvolverU, May 02, 2013
I actually practice more Chi Gong/Tai Chi than Yoga, now but I still do Kundalini and some Hatha. I agree with your 'lila' philosophy and that teachers should pass on what has been their genuine experience.

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by orphanedhawk, May 02, 2013
I do yoga as exercise, both for my body and my mind. The breathing helps me slow down, a good thing I think.

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by MYoungAtHeart, May 22, 2013
This posting was from a web page..If there are sentences that repeat it is because of my editing which was poor at the time....Thank you

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