Monday, August 4, 2008

Yoga

  • The science of yoga (Sanskrit yuga, “yoke”),was born in an age when mankind as a whole was more enlightened, and could easily grasp truths for which our most advanced thinkers are still grasping.
  • The science of yoga meditation had been taught by the ancient, sages, gurus, yogis, through oral tradition for thousands of years, they were finally put to Sanskrit by Patanjali in 500 b.c.
  • It is because the groping for these truths has begun again that great yogis have reintroduced this ancient science to humanity at large.
  • Yoga affirms the doctrine that through the practice of certain disciplines one may achieve liberation from the limitations of flesh, the delusions of sense, and the pitfalls of thought and thus attain union with the object of knowledge.
  • For most Yogi (those who practice Yoga), the object of knowledge is the universal spirit Brahma. A minority of atheistic Yogi seek perfect self-knowledge instead of knowledge of God. In any case, it is knowledge and not, as is commonly supposed, feats of asceticism, clairvoyance, or the working of miracles, that is the ideal goal of all Yoga practices.
  • Pre-eminent among them, even today, are the sages of the Himalayas.
  • Indeed, Yoga doctrine does not approve of painful asceticism; it insists that physical and mental training is not to be used for display but only as a means to spiritual ends.
  • Today, the word yoga is much used and much misunderstood these days, reduced from its knowledge on the control of the conscious to that of the control of the body.

1 comment:

BJ Fromm where? said...

HI there! I found your blog by searching Yoga awesome! haha! Im currently in Kolkata and have been looking for a place where I can have a unique yoga/ meditation/ ashram experience, but am finding that everything I find online is quite commercialized and touristy. Granted, I am a tourist, but I try not to act like one! Any chance you could point me in the right direction?

Thanks!

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