Posts Tagged ‘Self culture’

Hints for Sadhana

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Most spiritual teachers teach the value of balance and have indicated to us that any quality can be exaggerated to our detriment even those qualities we consider are virtues.

As reminders of the need for balance in your personal and private self discipline or Sadhana, the following offer a helpful guide for you when drawing up your own personality needs to avoid extremes……

Balanced – Not fanatical

Beautiful – Not vain

Courageous – Not rash

Devoted – Not enslaved

Flexible – Not weak

Helpful – Not intrusive

Humble – Not submissive

Impartial – Not indifferent

Independent – Not isolated

Keen intellect – Not cutting

Kind – Not condescending

Loyal – Not undeserving commitment

Passionate – Not aggressive

Patient – Not procrastinating

Perceptive  –  Not hypercritical

Persevering – Not stubbornly persistent

Sensitive –  Not to personal hurt

Strong – Not domineering

 

 

 

 

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Yogic Culture

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Yoga, being both a science and art, is applied to the lifestyle of those who sincerely embrace the principles philosophy that provides us with a fund of knowledge that is unique. The essence has been transmitted through the ages and in India, through the Vedic teachings that prescribe ethical conduct as the first step. All that remains is for us to have the wisdom how to apply the wealth of knowledge that we have accessed, in a manner that satisfies us completely as a personality, soul and spiritual being.

It is commonly understood that Yoga practices aim for physical and mental fitness. The physical disciplines that promise good health, vitality and freedom from disease are reasonable, yet more complete than the rules we were taught regarding body care. However, each is free to adopt any extra internal hygiene methods that seem to offer benefit, or to refine our body by rejecting any flesh foods, artificial chemicals and any other disciplines as we choose.

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Yoga for Children

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The philosophy and practices of classical Yoga are for application by adults and it can be anticipated that parents will naturally transmit appropriate information to their children. In spite of disciplinary measures in education being at present unpopular in western countries, self discipline and self confidence nevertheless go hand in hand. Children must not be deprived of the benefits derived from early training whether the disciplinary measures relate to physical training or to character. It is well evidenced that discipline demanded from any teacher provides the initial basis for the student’s subsequent self discipline.

Young Yoga students tend towards advanced intellectual development and a surprising number of them have become aware of spiritual life through their direct experiences of the power of love and goodness and the early awakening of their own intuition. All are encouraged to live a life of high ethical and moral standards.

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Pratyahara – Sensory Development and Control

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Pratyahara – the word means restraint, withdrawal or detachment. It is the fifth place in stages towards our spiritual objective.

Regarding Yoga practice it refers to the ability to withdraw consciousness from the dictatorship of the senses at will. The classical definition is that Pratyahara is ‘a restraint from acceptance of the food of the senses.’

Detachment applies to the aspirant’s attitude to worldly and material things, in order that he may attach himself completely, in the spiritual sense, to God.  It in no way should be interpreted as an indifference to things of the earth.

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