Yoga for better Living – The Truth about Yoga
To most people, Yoga is the practice of difficult postures (asanas). To others – Yoga is meditation (dhyana). Some identify it as renunciation (vairagya) – practice it after your retire! A few associate it as a way to gain some powers (siddhis).
Yes! Yoga has these facets, but it is much, much more.
How can we define Yoga?
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ – to yoke, join, union. So yoga means ‘union of the individual consciousness with universal consciousness’.
In the Gita, Shri Krishna says: “Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam” – ‘Yoga is Skillfulness in Action’.
In the oldest Yoga text – ‘The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Vyasa the first commentator on it says, “yogah samadhih” – ‘yoga is concentration’.
Why should I practice Yoga?
In the 2,500 year old text Yoga Sutra – Patanjali clearly states, “Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah” – “Yoga is the control of the modifications of the mind.”
Very boldly it asserts that, we can completely control our mind. We can completely understand our mind. We can completely conquer our mind. It is a phenomenal statement to make.
Why should I control, train my mind?
If you wish to be free. If you wish to be a liberated being. This is the highest reason, why you should control your mind.
For the worldly person – only if we can understand, train, control, and eventually conquer the mind – can we be truly happy, successful, healthy, and wealthy!
How do I control the mind?
There is perhaps, no better system available, other than Yoga to help us control the mind. It is systematic. It is foolproof. It is complete. It has stood the test of time. It is time honored – more than 6,000 years old.
At each step, one needs guidance – from an experienced teacher and eventually a sadguru – realized master.