Writings

Yoga as a Buffet Lunch

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Yoga as a Buffet Lunch

Yoga is a process of self-improvement, a process by which we become better than we are now. It may be expected that this is something we are all interested in. But improvement involves change, and change is something we resist, even if it is a change for the better. It is interesting that we all want to get better, but do not want to change. Further, yoga involves not a small change; it involves a change in human nature itself. That is why, the resistance to the change required for the practice of yoga is all the greater. That is the reason...

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YOGA — A Wide Angle View

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YOGA — A Wide Angle View

The word yoga evokes some very contrasting and apparently irreconcilable images. The commonest of these is that of some techniques such as asanas, pranayamas and meditation. The other image is that of yogis who have renounced life, are on a spiritual quest, and spend long years on the mountains or in a cave in search of God. These days it is also quite trendy to describe yoga as a way of life. Each of these images has a grain of truth, and it is not as difficult to reconcile them as it looks. Let us see how we can reconcile techniques,...

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HATHA YOGA — More for the Body than the Mind

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HATHA YOGA — More for the Body than the Mind

Hatha yoga selects the body and the vital functionings as its instruments of perfection and realization; its concern is with the gross body. SRI AUROBINDO Yoga is a quest for self-perfection. Self-perfection may be looked at from various angles: physical, emotional or intellectual. The school of yoga that concentrates on physical perfection is hatha yoga. The classical texts of hatha yoga are Hathayogapradipika and Gheranda Samhita. The principal techniques used by hatha yoga are asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing disciplines). Since...

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RAJA YOGA: Minding the Mind

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RAJA YOGA: Minding the Mind

… Rajayoga, operating with the mind, aims at a supernormal perfection and enlargement of the capacities of the mental life and goes beyond it into the domain of the spiritual existence. SRI AUROBINDO Raja Yoga, literally the royal path of yoga, is also known as Patanjali’s yoga or ashtanga yoga.  Patanjali (4th century A.D.) condensed the knowledge of yoga from his point of view in his 192 brief but densely packed verses, commonly called sutras.  In these sutras, he divided yoga into eight limbs, and hence the name ashtanga (ashta,...

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