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Mysore is also known as the “Garden City” or the “City of Palaces” and has also earned the nickname “Ashtanga City" for the proliferation of wonderful yoga teachers who reside here.
The path of spiritual progress that the teachers of the Bengal school recommend is neither yoga nor jnana but bhakti. While the followers of the way of yoga emphasise the subjective aspect and those of the path of jnana both the subjective and objective aspect, the followers of the path of bhakti emphasize the objective aspect of consciousness .
In the Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Truth), Samkhya provides the cosmological structure, Vedanta , the uncompromising and unalloyed Truth of indivisible Existence, Knowledge and Bliss, and Tantra and yoga offer and define the method and the practice. All of the above, together, represent the consummate path and way.
yoga is the unifying art of transforming dharma into action, be it through inspired thought , properly nurtuting our children, a painting , a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward.
I explained this eternal science of yoga to Vivasv?n. Vivasv?n shared it with Manu , then Manu imparted it to Ik?v?ku. This science was taught and handed down in succession, but in time it was broken and the science of yoga seems to be lost.
You commend, O Krishna, the renunciation of action and you also praise yoga. Tell me definitely which is the better of the two.
Both renunciation and the yoga of action lead to the supreme good. But of these two, performance of action is superior to the renunciation of action.
O Madhus?dana, the mind is an unsteady thing. Hence it is unrealistic to expect evenness out of it as your system of yoga demands. O, Ke?ava, it is easier to control the wind than to try and control the fickle, unsettling, dominant, and stubborn mind.
The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.
yoga involves a lot more than just striking poses. Traditional yoga has eight parts (angas or limbs). There are four practices and four experiences for which one should strive.
I am losing balance is a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time and not just in yoga.
Vogue and self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.
The yoga pose that you avoid the most you need the most.
Bhakti yoga, the path of devotion, consists of surrender to the Divine within the heart . The Maharishi considered the most important yoga path after self-enquiry and usually recommended the two together. Surrender [Bhakti] can be done in four ways:To the Supreme Self (Atma-Bhakti);To God or the Cosmic Lord as a formless being (Ishvara-Bhakti);To God in the form of various Gods or Goddesses (Ishta Devata-Bhakti) and:;; To God in the form of the Guru ( Guru -Bhakti).
Through mantra, we can awaken the Divine light within us and expand beyond the limitations of space, direction and manifestation. Through mantra, one can learn to ride the waves of cosmic light and sound, going back to the Divine Word at the heart of the world. This is the cosmic form of Mantra yoga known known only to Yogis who have gone beyond the body and mind.
When Sanskrit is called the ‘universal language’ or ‘the language of the gods’, it is no mere exaggeration...Truly learning Sanskrit is not just conventional language but of learning the language of mantra. It is not a mere academic study or a means of improving communication, but an inner practice to create the foundation for Mantra yoga.
yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.
The real Meaning of yoga is a deliverance from contact with pain and sorrow.Bhagavad Gita
...it is one of the few forms of exercise that has been studied separately in relation to depression. yoga means ‘union’. It is often interpreted as the union of mind, body and soul, and can provide perfect harmony and balance.
yoga, ancient and perfect science, deals with evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul.
yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
The yoga of action, leading to union with the soul is fiery aspiration, spiritual reading and devotion to Ishvara.patañjali
yoga science is not just a scholarly pursuit. It is a moment by moment and thought by thought practical guide for living.
yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.patañjali
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