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.
Mute/Play “Prolonged meditation greatly calms down the mind. The mind stops wavering and being unstable.
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Mute/Play Having seated in the way as described in the previous post, one goes ahead with meditation or Dhyana – the most important step of Yoga.
Mute/Play Today, asana or body postures is projected as synonymous to Yoga. If one studies the history of Yoga, it is easy to see that it is a more recent phenomenon – hardly a couple of centuries old - as compared to thousands of year long history of Yoga.
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Mute/Play Patanjali’s Yoga has in all 8 steps – Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. Among these, the first 5 can be looked at as preparatory steps. Does Bhagavadgeetha also talk about these steps?
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.