Let us THINK : By Dr.King (Author of books on Yoga,Spirituality,Gardening...)
Summary: This is a regular twice a week podcast on topics relating to Yoga, Meditation,Spirituality and many stimulating thoughts.
Mute/Play Today, various things are projected as Yoga. For majority of people, Yoga stands for various body postures and breathing exercises. For some, it is a technique to awaken the dormant power Kundalini within one’s body to attain mystic experiences or powers.
In the previous post we saw how a person can be in an ever blissful state by attaining the ultimate realization. But how does one attain this realization?
In the previous post we saw that the root cause of problems created by action is not the action itself but wrong association - wrong association with the agent (i.e. the body) that actually performs the actions.
Actions produce results – good or bad. Though on the face of it, it may appear that actions that result in good are good, it is not so.
An action oriented person has a fancy for rituals. The Vedas describe several fire rituals called Yajnyas. These rituals are meant to provide a person with all material comforts as well as guarantee heavenly abode after death.
One of the darkest blots on Hinduism is the caste system. This system has been thoroughly misused and has been a cause of lot of suffering during the long history of Hinduism.
Probably everyone knows that our wrong actions ultimately lead us astray. And eventually we land ourselves in trouble. But why do we still indulge in wrong action – as if compelled by some force?
While warning about perils of leading a promiscuous life, Krishna understands that complete abstinence from pleasures is not possible. Krishna has a sane and practical advice.
"The desires for sense pleasures are so strong that they even derail a wise person who is striving to move on a righteous path. Giving in to these pleasures eventually creates mental unrest.
Today, we see Yogis all around in myriad shades and colors – with nicely shampooed well groomed long flowing hair, wearing heavily embroidered white satin gown; with bald head covered by a colorful turban, wearing equally colorful designer outfit; with well trimmed hair barring a pigtail, wearing fashionable jeans trousers and stylish tee-shirt; and so on.
"Most people think that enjoying worldly pleasures is the prime goal of their life.
Each one of us is different in our own way. Some are very intelligent, some are dull headed, some may be arrogant and others may be even animal like. If we are all souls, then why are we different?
In the previous post we saw that any action creates problems irrespective of whether these actions are good or bad. At the same time, there is no way we can totally abstain from action! What is the way out?
As we saw in the previouspost, the three basic tendencies namely the Satwa, Rajas and Tamas motivate people to follow different paths.
Before we can think of freeing ourselves from the trap laid by the desires, we need to first understand the modus operandi of the desires.