Let us THINK : By Dr.King (Author of books on Yoga,Spirituality,Gardening...)
Summary: This is a regular weekly podcast on topics relating to Yoga, Meditation,Spirituality and many stimulating thoughts.
[Quick links] [Pause] One person who came across some statements made by a well-known Hindu supporter raised this question. Apparently, this Hindu supporter who has written tens of books on threats to Hinduism from ‘outsiders’ has objections to non-Hindu Yoga Gurus coming up with their own versions of Yoga. According to this scholar, these non-Hindu Yoga Gurus distort Yoga by replacing some of the essential aspects of Yoga to suite their own religious affinities. One of them is the chanting of the sound OM during Yoga practice.
[Quick links] [Pause] All of us have our own biases. We always tend to think that what we believe is the only truth. So, some people who have their own pet theories even raise questions about Patanjali’s way of meditation.
[Quick links] [Pause] This is quite a tricky question. It could potentially lead to unending debates. Most Buddhists believe that Buddha did say that the soul does not exist. And many a so-called ‘rationalist’ rally behind Buddhism because it rejects the concept of soul!
[Quick links] [Pause] We often use the word spirituality to mean some uncommon or mystic set of notions or practices. Even people who do not believe in the concept of spirit or soul use the term to mean such things. Many people talk about ‘spiritual experiences’. Most modern Gurus take subjective experience as the proof of existence of spirituality that is beyond science.
[Quick links] [Pause] This is the question I am often asked. Many people get attracted to Yoga or meditation believing that they can attain psychic powers through these practices. Many a Gurus became well known either because of their psychic claims, or through their autobiographies in which they give a long list of mystics they have met in their lives who displayed psychic powers. Do such powers really exist?
[Quick links] [Pause] Before I discuss further, let me clarify that what I intend to discuss is about Advaita and Dwaita which are often wrongly translated as Monism and Dualism respectively.
[Quick links] [Pause] Before I take up today’s question, I have a small update. The third part of my audio book series namely “The Ultimate Book on Yoga” is just out and is available in almost all stores and in some libraries. It is titled “Part 3 of The Ultimate Book on Yoga: How to minimize stress?”. It is a one hour forty-five minutes long audio in which I discuss simple but effective and long-lasting Yogic techniques to minimize stress. It is almost completely explained in an anecdote driven style that should make listening interesting and convincing. As usual, the link to look for is https://books2read.com/UltimateYoga. You can choose your favorite store and search for the book using the title if it is not explicitly listed. I hope that you will find this part interesting and useful. Now back to our regular Q n A session. Today's question is "Does Patanjali really teach meditation?" Patanjali may be a puzzle to many people who dabble around in Yoga. The person who asked me this question is under the impression that Patanjali who is often credited to be the father of Yoga does not really teach how to meditate!
[Quick links] [Pause] The person who asked this question was wondering whether it was because 4 different rivaling tribes came up with four versions of the Vedas?
[Quick links] [Pause] The person who asked this question apparently watched a video in which a well-known spiritual Guru made a claim that he has ways to stop time! The context was a discussion between a reputed astrophysicist and this spiritual Guru. The astrophysicist kept wondering about various theories about time and how conclusions arrived at by these theories are beyond comprehension.
[Quick links] [Pause] After the overwhelming response to my audiobook “Part 1 of the Ultimate book on Yoga : Let us know Yoga better”, I have now released a sequel to that book titled “Part 2 of the Ultimate book on Yoga : Brain science behind Yoga”.
[Quick links] [Pause] I have been discussing lot of things for the past some years. Most of my talks were around Yoga, Meditation, Indian philosophy and so on. I have always encouraged people to ask questions before accepting anything. Many of my readers have asked me questions both through by blog as well as through other channels.
[Quick links] [Pause] After having defined what God is, and why idol worship is not something forbidden, Badarayana goes on to give some finer suggestions on God realization.
[Quick links] [Pause] Idol worship has been in vogue since time immemorial in all races and communities. Hindus are no exceptions. But Abrahamic religions forbid idol worship at least as a principle. There is an interesting story regarding this.
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[Quick links] [Pause] In the previous episode we saw how Badarayana defines God. Most religions should have no problems accepting that definition. That definition does not talk about a person or an entity, but a cause. It is more of a way of explaining the origination of the world.