Yoga




What is Yoga?

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It is a spiritual and ascetic discipline that originated from India.

Its literal translation means ‘union’.

What is its Purpose?

In the Yogic Tradition, the main goal is to attain Oneness with the Greater Soul. It is the merging of the individual consciousness with the Divine Consciousness.

In essence, the goal is to achieve enlightenment or spiritual awakening.

There are many names for this, but overall it is a Path to a higher or elevated consciousness.

And its foundations have been compiled in The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.

The Eightfold Path

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Spiritual awakening is achieved through the eight limbs.

External Practices

  • 1. Yama ~ moral and ethical practices.
  • 2. Niyama ~ personal observances and practices.
  • 3. Asana ~ the physical postures.
  • 4. Pranayama ~ control of the breath

Internal Practices

  • 5. Pratyahara ~ control of the senses.
  • 6. Dharana ~ one pointedness, concentration on a fixed point.
  • 7. Dhyana ~ the practice of meditation.
  • 8. Samadhi ~ attaining oneness or liberation.

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
—–Mahatma Gandhi

मौन के रवैये में आत्मा एक स्पष्ट प्रकाश में पथ पाता है, और क्या मायावी और भ्रामक है क्रिस्टल शुचिता में ही हल करता है। हमारे जीवन में सत्य के बाद एक लंबी और कठिन खोज है।

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