|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
The true scope of Yoga is not widely known. Many people only know yoga as a physical activity. But this is only because of modern media and culture.
Yoga is a deep life subject. It is about the evolution of man towards something greater. This evolution is not external in the way we think of the evolution of species. It is the transformation of ordinary consciousness towards higher consciousness.
It is said that there is a path of yoga for every person that is alive. For each person holds an inner potential of something truly great, truly miraculous, and that transcends the physical.
What is the aim of Yoga?
What are some of the paths of Yoga?
This is the yoga of devotion. It is a path of the heart and of feeling. The love of the Divine, the adoration of that supreme source that is supporting us, the worshipping of that power that is behind all - this is Bhakti Yoga. Chanting, rituals, dancing, laughing, crying - all that we can feel and that needs no reason, yet enriches life - is held in this path.
This is the yoga of detached action. In this path the yogi learns to act and to engage with the world in a detached way. By learning to act in a way that is free of personal motive and that seeks no gain or result, the yogi becomes more attuned to the Universal will. In this path we learn to release our personal involvement and realize a higher truth, that we are not the real actor, and that there is something bigger at work.
This is the yoga of wisdom or knowledge. Through careful anaylsis and observation we can approach knowledge of our true nature and the nature of this existence. It is a path of the mind, of examing one's own thoughts, attachments, and mental life. In that examination we cultivate the clarity of the mind and it begins to see its own nature. That seeing reveals true knowledge and the source of our being.
This is called the royal path of yoga. This path seeks the mastery and management of the mind. By gaining control over our own mind we can use it meaningfully in self-discovery. When the mastery of one's mind is attained, that which supports the mind and is the source of the mind becomes clear. In realizing that the full potential of the yogi is now accessible.
The yoga of force. This yoga is what we are most familiar with in the modern context. It is the use of the body in self-discovery. Through specific postures and breathing practices we become more conscious of what is within us. Eventually we become aware of the energetic existence that we all share, and in that awareness a new possibility comes. The possibility of going beyond the body and discovering what is deep within us.
The yoga of energetic actions. Through the practice of specific techniques and exercises the yogi can manipulate his energetic existence. This path of yoga helps us to grow in our consciousness and in our experience on the subtle level, beyond the physical. There are many different kriyas that can be practiced, just as there are many postures and breathing exercises. Ultimately the goal is the same, to arrive at a higher consciousness.
The Kundalini is a divine inner energy that resides within all of us. It lies sleeping, coiled up within the layers of our being. This Kundalini energy provides the platform for the evolution of consciousness within the human. When it is awakened it fuels and guides the process towards the ultimate goal of yoga. It is explained that the yoga who has fully mastered and awakened his Kundalini is a realized yogi, and has reached the pinnacle of yoga.
2. Guru Tattwa
The guru is the teacher, and "tattwa" mean principle. So this is a deeper principle that is operating in all of existence that there is always a teacher. If there is a student, one who has a desire to learn and to grow, then there must be a teacher. The guru principle is the universe manifesting that teacher for the one who wants to learn. The guru principle can express through anyone and anything. We call a person a guru, because they are connecting and expressing from the guru principle.
This is the process of energy transmission and awakening from guru to disciple. When there is one who has undergone the process of Kundalini awakening - that energy can be transmitted from that guru to one whose energy is still sleeping. That movement of energy from master to student is "shaktipat". It happens very naturally when one is willing to give and one is willing to receive.
To each his own path
For every being there is a path of yoga to lead them to freedom. That is all that this review brings to light. I have mentioned a few here for us to appreciate that there is much more to yoga than physical activity. Let us remain open to the possibilities that yoga offers. It gives us a way to develop and explore our potential on every level.
Discover your path my friends!