Posts Tagged ‘yoga’

YOGA SIMPLIFIES PSYCHOLOGY

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Psychology or the understanding of human nature is perceived as the knowledge of the total nature of the individual. This is inclusive of –

personality that comprises physical body,(kaya) emotional nature,(kama) and mental nature (manas) and conceived as a collection of feelings, perceptions (anjna) and past impressions (samskara)

soul that is perceived as the consciousness of the immortal self with its profound wisdom accumulated through many incarnations of life experiences relevant to male births or as females

spirit or the supreme directing intelligence of the individual being that is likened to a spark of the Universal fire, or as a drop of the Universal ocean of life of the Cosmos.

Once these aspects are recognized and identified through our own insight and understanding of ourselves it is possible to see ourselves as an integrated human being and be able to comprehend much more about ourselves than the mere personality.

Self knowledge and self understanding are held as important throughout all cultures and hinted at as the commencement before embarking on a more expansive search to comprehend the nature of all things beyond.

Although it is natural to require some knowledge or perception of our origins as well as our life purpose and future, the first can be replaced with the faith that it was from God or the Divine Light that we came and to this we return, life after life. Each life we undergo experiences that the law of Karma deems  necessary in our long spiritual evolution towards the ideal of human excellence and that mysterious concept, perfection.

We are likely to find life easier with acceptance of the natural law that stipulates that each individual grows through his own efforts. There is no known ‘instant’ achievement.

We can only add to any present knowledge of psychology by seeking to understand and embrace all ideas motivated by truth and directed towards truth.

There is much to learn.

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Bhakti Yoga

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Bhakti approaches spirituality along what is sometimes seen as the simplest path but which, in effect, is one of the most difficult. It requires selfless love and a devotional attitude that is sufficient to overcome all life’s obstacles – the path that Jesus and other great teachers have indicated as ‘the Way.’

The Bhakti loves. He practises expanding that emotion from the limited and personal feelings of the heart, to the limitless expanses of universal love for all things. To such a person Love and God are synonymous. Not only does love become the most intense emotion, but love and loving kindness dictate his day- to- day activities, his moods, his goals, and provides the source of his inspiration.

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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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Classical Yoga

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Indian Vedic wisdom originated in remote antiquity and covers a wide range of knowledge including astronomy, mathematics, grammar, philosophy and physical health matters.

Yoga is one of the six classical schools of philosophy and was established as a system by the early Rishis and saints with Patanjali and Shankara being amongst those best known and followed ever since their written work dating several centuries before the time of Christ.

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Experiences in Meditation

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The Meditation experience is unique to each one – variable enough to be exciting time after time. It offers a familiar path of retreat providing refreshment you seek for your mind and soul.

In whatever guise, meditation brings us realization of some kind when we find or suddenly ‘see’ or understand  a simple solution to a previous complexity or even gain a new perception of old ideas. We can also discover something entirely new from our passive state of mind.

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The Guru

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The desire to find a spiritual teacher or Guru is usually innate in the spiritual seeker who yearns not only for a mentor but for a spiritual ‘parent’ above and beyond all the skills and the limitations of physical parents, friends, guides and teachers.

Many of us are enriched through our education and our selected reading that encourages and inspires us to feel confident about living our lives. We are satisfied by making contact with other and sometimes similar people, philosophies and principles but rely upon our inner voice of intuition.

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Dharma

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

From a western point of view, in attempting to understand and embrace the qualities and traditions of worth from other cultures, there are certain limitations. If we are to be sincere in our motivation and respectful in our application of any traditions of other cultures we must also be accurate in our understanding of their meaning.

Western students of Yoga are at present happily embracing much of the philosophies and ideologies attributed to Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Many are enriched by their extended knowledge and understanding that will help them in striving for excellence in their lives, their actions and their behaviour.

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Samadhi – State of One-Ness

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

In speaking of Samadhi we are referring to the supreme states of human consciousness when, beyond the petty ego, an individual occasionally is released into the universal consciousness beyond, to taste the Reality which exists in the patterned beauty of the infinite life in which we are a part and to which we are usually blind.

These expansions of consciousness are rare but well known enough by account, to allow us to accept that we also have a potential to experience the same.

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Devas – Subtle Beings in Nature

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The beliefs of all philosophers, now confirmed by science, acknowledge that all forms of varying grades of matter, from the gross material to the subtlest, are animated by natural energies and intelligence – from the most infinitesimal to the astronomical magnitudes of the cosmos.

If we would open our minds to the existence of an unseen order of spiritual intelligence in beings animating all nature and its forms, we would begin to know the life within the form, just as the astronomer or scientist aspires to seek an understanding of the universal intelligence and power that directs the cosmos.

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Diamond Meditation

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

When we meditate we take a prime thought and choose to identify with it. We generally choose a natural creation that appeals to us so that we can attune to its energies. So, through a focus on things of nature and natural forms, we seek to expand our understanding of the vital creative energies of Nature behind the outer forms and apparent purposes.

This particular exercise in meditation is based upon the lengthy process of natural forces at work over aeons in creating diamonds. The diamond crystals are formed in the earth from carbon in the normal slow evolutionary process that takes millions of years to transform basic black carbon into the pure crystal gemstone that, when faceted, can be displayed in jewellers’ windows. The diamond takes its rightful place as the most royal gemstone. It popularly symbolizes purity, fidelity, power, wealth and truth.

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