Sunday, May 28, 2017

How to Choose the Right Yoga School

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This YOGA is in trend. Let’s admit it that we are living in a world facing yoga revolution. Yoga is all around us and that also in quite different names and form. There are famous yoga styles of Raj, Hatha, Kundalini, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. And there are many variations of these like Hot yoga, Aero yoga, Vikram yoga, Power yoga, Yin yoga, Flow yoga and even some very funny sounding names like Paddle yoga, Underwater yoga, Beach yoga, Dog yoga or Paris yoga! A new practitioner may wonder, ‘What is this all about? Which one is the best? Or what should I chose and where?’ In reality this is all the same potato chips in different packets and different flavors. Now you can chose according to your taste. Asking following few questions to yourself will help you choose better and lead maximum satisfaction:

Yoga Holiday or Yoga Learning

Understanding your own goal is an important first step. Are you going for a relaxing holiday with yoga as a theme or you really want to learn it? If planning a holiday, then you can go for a retreat somewhere in Goa, Kerala, Bali or Thailand. These retreats are set up on beautiful beaches or other exotic locations. Yoga is supported by other more relaxing activities like massage, sunbath, aroma therapy and healing. But if you want to really LEARN Yoga then you would decide for a proper yoga school where classes are intense and serious. Yoga classes are followed by proper diet plan, breathing techniques, meditation and lectures. Your destination would be traditional ashrams in Rishikesh, Bangalore or Dharamshala.

Health or Spirituality
Next thing to consider is what do you want to get from these yoga classes? Are you looking for health and fitness? If reducing the weight, Detox or getting a hot slim body is what you are looking for, then go for a more dynamic and exercise based yoga. These include modern Ashtanga Yoga, Flow yoga, power yoga or any other funny name. One time Vikram yoga was also in trend but slowly it is losing its charm. But if focus is more on spiritual aims along with some health then you should look for some yoga school offering mediation courses, philosophy of yoga. Then again Kriya Yoga, Raj Yoga, Bhakti yoga are the right choice. Look for those centers who clearly mention that the focus is on spiritual aspects.

Peace or Party
So do you want to meditate in a peaceful place or looking for party and fun. A school or retreat in secluded place on the side of Himalaya or Ganga is an ideal place for peaceful rejuvenation while a school in the middle of city with all activities nearby is the choice for party animals. Goa is the place where you can do yoga in daytime while disco at the night.

Are you a Moody-Foody
Another very important aspect before choosing a right yoga school is to decide if you are willing to eat the food they provide. Many yoga schools run their courses with Plain and Satwik Diet and others have no rules. So are you looking to do yoga with sea food and beer or in yogic manner?

Career or Fun
The Last aspect is to consider if you are seriously looking to pursue a career of a yoga teacher or if you are just doing it for fun and learning. These days yoga can bring great job opportunities or you can start your own yoga studio or school. If this is the case then look for those schools who have proper affiliation, providing Yoga Alliance certificate and if they have good learned teachers. Also consider which style you want to focus upon, how many students they take in each group. A very big group size may not be ideal in this situation. But if you are looking for fun then try different things and places.


I hope this article will help you choose carefully and will bring what you are looking for. Finally read carefully about various school on this website and decide yourself .

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Why Yoga Booking Portal

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One can ask what is the need of a yoga portal while there are so many schools and their website already there. So we decided to tell the need and benefits of such a website. 
Here at YBP we try to make sure that everybody in the world can get an experience of these yoga retreats, and get chances to make their lives better at very affordable prices. This also should be at the places of their own choice. One traditional way of finding the yoga retreats and courses is to check on Internet and check the different schools at different places on Google. But there is always a risk. You may not find what you are looking. For, many good schools never get the proper representation on Google but they are damn good. So at YogaBookingPortal.com we decided to bring all these schools together and let the students and schools to come on the same platform. This way they both can interact and students can meet the master. Masters can know the disciples. There are different kind of people and they may have different needs. So one should have a choice to choose and select. Here at YogaBookingPortal.com you will find all these schools offering different kind of yoga like Iyengar yoga, Ashtanaga Yoga, Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Flow yoga, Vinyasa, Raja, Meditation, Kriya in one place. Many of these schools bring some promotions for limited times on their various TTC courses and yoga retreats. We yogbookingportal.com also provide discount on select schools at times which is available only here. YogaBookingPortal.com. It is not just a booking website but it is a place where lifelong connections are created. We wish to serve all the yoga aspirants with full devotion and from the core of our heart at the same time we wish to help the schools to grow spread the light of Yoga in whole world.
The various yoga schools also are immensely benefited by associating with YogaBookingPortal.com. Schools are also able to showcase their courses and services to the potential customers at one place. This way they get more potential inquiries without shelling a great amount of money on google adwords. So come and join, and together we will spread the light of yoga in the whole world.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Concept of Mind in Yoga Vashishtha


The Vasistha Maha Ramayana is the earliest Indian Philosophical work of the highest order on Vedanata. It is a monumental work wherein Sri Vasistha, the great sage, taight the principle of Vedanta to his royal pupil Rama, the victor of Ravana and hero of the epic Ramayana. A study of this work raises any person to the lofty heights of divine awareness and splendour. Those who practise Atma-Chintana or Brahmabhyasa or Vedantic meditation will find in this marvelous work, a priceless treasure. Even the most worldly-minded person will become dispassionate and will attain peace of mind, solace and consolation by a study of this book. The practical hints n Sadhana are unique.
Yoga Vaishtha is a comprehensive, deep, systematic and literary philosophical work of ancient India. It embodies in itself the science of ontology, the  knowledge of the Self, the principles of psychology, the science of emotion, the tenets of ethics and practical morality, discourses on theology, etc. According to this work, the world of our experience with various objects, time, space and laws is a creation of the mind, i.e.,Idea or Kalpana.
Mind is endowed with creative power. Just as objects are created by the mind in the dream, so also everything is created by the mind in the  waking state also. Expansion of the mind is Sankalpa. Sankalpa, through its power of differentiation generates this universe. Time and space are mental creation only.Through the play of the mind in objects nearness seems to be a great distance and vice versa. Through the force of the mind a Klapa is regarded as a moment and vice versa. A moment of waking experience may be experienced  as years in the dream. The mind can have the experience of miles within a short span and miles can also be experienced as a span only. Mind is the cause of bondage and liberation .
The mind manifest itself as the external world in the shape of pains or pleasures. The mind subjectively is consciousness. Obectively it is this universe. The mind attains through its enemy of discrimination the quiescent state of Parabrahman. The Sankalpas and Vasanas or subtle desires,which you generate enmesh you as in net. The Self-light or Parabrahman alone is , appearing as the mind or this universe.
Only those person who are without Atmic enquiry will see as real this world which is nothing but of the nature of Sankalpa,mind. The expansion of this mind alone is Sankalpa. Sankalpa,through its power of differentiation, generates this universe. Extinction of Sankalpas alone is Moksha.
This impure mind which is filled with excessive delusion and a host of worldly thoughts, is the real enemy of the Atman. There is no other vessel on this earth to wade through the ocean of rebirth than the  mastry of the anatagonistic mind. Destroy this mind to its roots, by the fire of the Knowledge of the Self. This is the essence of Yoga Vasishtha.

 The  conception of mind in the philosophy of Vasishtha is most rational, most dynamic, and truer than any presented in Western or Eastern psychology. It satisfies the latest conclusions on modern science, modern psychology, modern theories of philosophic thought. In cpmparison with the wonderful psychology Yoga Vasishtha present us, the whole of the contemporary Western psychology looks so very valueless for a practical grasp of the nature and the powers of the human Mind, For a resolution of all problems of life, which are brought to being by the mind alone, for the perfection of human life possible only a mastery and conquest of the Mind.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fasting A Natural Cure of Depression: Part 2

Besides it fasting also does one more thing. Hinduism has the belief that by learning to fast, a person also learns how to face other obstacles in his life. Fasting teaches how to face hardships of life with self control. While following Upvaas, or not eating due to some mental physical trouble, a person stops his dependence on the very basic need of human survival i.e. food itself. This way in the challenging situations body and mind announce their independence from the very basic needs of life. Hence it gives courage to the person to cut it off its dependence from the object he is missing so dearly. Of-course he becomes sad and depressed, still as a coping mechanism the person keeps on saying to himself that he can live without it and he can manage his life. Interestingly longer he keeps on fasting, stronger his independence becomes. For understanding the benefits of fasting it we can see how fasting is explained in Ayurveda medicinal system. The fasting (for a small duration) balances the three doshas in human body i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha in human body. In Ayurveda before a person is given the intensive treatment for complex problems, he is made to undergo fasting. Besides it human body is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid. The gravitational force of the moon affects the saline fluid contents of the body. It causes emotional imbalances in the body, making some people tense, irritable and violent. Fasting acts as antidote, for it lowers the acid and saline content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity. 

Now when body and mind have declared that this person does not need any more of Rajas and Tamas but a lot more of Sattva Guna, we need to find some ways to help the body increase it only. There is no harm in letting a person to continue with his desires of not eating (fasting). And in this fast if we can give him some diet that can increase the Sattva Guna in his body, his recovery will be fast and normal.

These things can be fruit juices or vegetable juices. The raw vegetables and fruits contain higher amount of Sattva Guan and lower amount of Rajas and Tamas. Rajasic and Tamasic foods are totally bad for depression patients, since these trigger negative thought processes in the mind. Best suited is the Sattvic food, which comprises mainly of fruits and vegetables.

The practical example of the effectiveness of Upvaas or not eating in a therapeutic way has always been present in society. It is to be noted that in Indian culture (Hindu religion) when a person dies then it is the tradition that for 13 days no food is prepared in the home of the dead person. Instead of this, in the house of the deceased person for 13 days there remain some regular spiritual seminars, Katahs, Yagyas and other things that soothe the pains of the family members and relatives. Idea behind this tradition was to decrease the Rajas and Tamas Guna hence reduce the sadness and depression and to increase the Sattva Guna by fasting and spiritual guidance. In Bhagwad Geeta (BG 14/17) it is said “from the Satva, knowledge is born". The food that is full of the quality of Satva is the cause of growth of knowledge. They promote energy and health; they also promote pleasure and happiness.

Moreover we see the instances in the scriptures when fasting was prescribed as a means of Prayashchit (penance) to reduce the guilt feeling. It is quite understandable. Any guilt feeling arising in heart increases the Rajas and Tamas in heart and mind many folds and so the person starts sinking in the feeling of sadness and helplessness. Here fasting increases the Sattva and reduces the Tamas and Rajas gunas. Hence his pain reduces and he comes to know that what ever wrong has been done is done and only way out is to look forward and not to repeat this again.

This way we can confidently say that Upvaas or fasting is surely a natural way to treat the depression as it is harmless, harmonizing, strengthening and most importantly body’s own reaction to fight any mental trouble. There are many individual experiences of the people suffering from various neurotic troubles like anxiety, depression panic disorders etc. and getting benefits from fasting.

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Fasting A Natural Cure of Depression: Part 1

According to Yoga texts this nature has three constituents, namely sattwa, rajas, and tamas. All matter and empirical phenomena, including the mind, is matter-manifest in endless combinations of these three gunas. So logically if we are eating Rajasik or Tamasik food we’ll have the thinking of the same kind. The gunas, may also be understood in terms of unactivity (Sattva), activity (Rajas) and inactivity (Tamas). The characteristics associated with these three gunas are mutually different. For instance; Sattva is characterized by purity, serenity, poise, calmness, discrimination, transparence, compassion, clarity, goodness, altruism, dispassion, contentment, etc.; Rajas is characterized by love of fame, passion, lust, strife, impatience, jealousy, pride, display of power etc. ; and Tamas is characterized by anger, greed, ignorance, solidity, resistance, inertia, forgetfulness, confusion, darkness, brutality, etc. Sattva is the condition of harmony in the human system. Contrary to it Tamas and Rajas are Maanas Doshas (mental impurities). Lust, anger, fear, jealousy, attachment, greed, grief and worry etc are all the mental disturbances and are caused by the disharmony between Rajas and Tamas. The Sattwa, Rajas, and Tamas correspond to sukha (happiness), dukha (suffering), and moha (attachment) respectively. In the challenging situations like depression we are already having the mind full of Tamasik and Rajasik thoughts like sadness, grief, desire of suicide, anger, frustration, revenge, violence, guilt and so on. So in these situations eating anything that can aggravate the Tamasik and Rajasik thoughts is asking for bigger troubles. Any food material that we eat consists of all three Gunas Satva, Rajas and Tamas. Most of the food materials that we consume have high quantity of Tamasik and Rajasik gunas. In normal conditions a person may keep eating the same food without any visible ill effects as his body and mind can cope with the good and bad effects of that. But in case of some illness it is logical that same food may become dangerous. Ayurveda literature suggests that jealousy, fear, anger, grief (caused by Tamas and Rajas) reduce the fire in stomach (digestion juices), hence the digestion of food becomes difficult.

By denying to eat the food, body declares that it can not take any more of these tamasika and rajasik gunas as the mind is already overwhelmed by the ill effects of them. While there is no more supply coming from outside of these two Gunas (by fasting), slowly their amount and effects keep on getting balanced. This way body and mind get some time to slowly reduce the effects of rajas and tamas. Besides it, we also need to see that a depressed person is avoiding all his daily routine work that was otherwise pleasing to a normal person because they increase the Rajas and Tamas in his system. These things are sexual activities, physical exercises, sleeping, talking to friends and family members, sports and enjoyment etc. Again it just naturally happens with everyone as it is also the normal coping mechanism of his body and mind.

Moreover we also need to see that in these depressing conditions, most of the time, the body and mind of the person also push him towards the activities that increase the Sattva Guna. It is generally seen that most of the depressed people start taking interest in reading the scriptures like Geeta and his natural inclination is in Vairagya. They start saying that this world is illusion and nothing is real and none is your own. It is called “Shamshaan Vairagya”in India with sarcasm as this is only the momentary reaction of otherwise normal worldly person. Again it all is directed from an unconscious level. But momentary or not we can not deny that these are the natural reactions of a depressed person. All these things clearly point out that body and mind definitely want to increase the Satva Guna in the system.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

DO YOUR GOOD ACTS NOW

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Once, around five thousand years ago, 

There was great King named Yudhishthira. One day a poor man reached King Yudhishtira. King was also called Dharmaraja, because he strictly followed the path of virtue. The poor man asked the king for some help in some matter. 

Yudhishtira said, "Come tomorrow, I will give you what you want. Right now I am quite busy." 

Yudhishtira's brother Bhimasena, king's brother, listened this conversation and at once ran to the top of the palace, a place where a huge bell was hanging. This bell was rung only when there was any great victory or emergency situations. Bhimasena straight away violently rang the bell. It created great surprise everywhere, as the ringing of the bell was sudden and people inside the palace and outside the palace did not know of any function or victory. They all came out to know the reason. The king Yudhishtira was also surprised. He was informed that Bhimasena had rung the bell. Bhimasena was summoned and king asked him for an explanation. 

Bhimsena replied, "Its a great day. My brother king Yudhishthira have gained a great victory today, victory over death for twenty-four hours at least. You have asked that man to come tomorrow, saying that you would give him what he wanted. It means that till tomorrow You are not going to die till tomorrow- which is indeed a triumph over death. 

So this is a great victory." Yudhishtira was awakened. He felt embarrassed. At the same time he called the poor man back, helped him as he wanted and sent him away without making him wait for the next day.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jealousy: How to Remove That

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Jealousy is one of the most common vice we suffer from. It’s wrong, everybody says, but how do you avoid it? No one knows. It is so natural that even after we deny it repeatedly, we do accept its existence in the hearts. Jealousy grows silently in a very subtle manner so that we sometimes don’t notice it until it starts burning us from inside. They say in English that jealousy arises from the lack of confidence in yourself. Really? But then I saw that many very confident people are suffering from jealousy. I myself found that there was jealousy in my heart even when I was confident about myself in all respects. One thing is important here to note. People are always seen jealous of good things or good fortune.  People feel jealous of someone’s beauty, riches, talent, skills, fortunes, comforts wisdom. The good thing about the jealousy is that people can admit it if they want or dare. They do it. They say that I am jealous of your sweet voice or your new car. But there is something interesting about jealousy. Invariably each time, we are jealous of a person lot better than us in one or other things. I never saw anyone jealous of someone’s misfortune. Nobody says that I am jealous to see your poverty or I am jealous to see that you are so bad looking.  In reality the jealousy is an appreciation in disguise. If you are jealous of someone, then in reality you appreciate him. Same way if people are jealous of you then you must be good at something. All sort of jealousy in reality are the appreciation, but repressed appreciation. The root cause of jealousy is the failure of a generous appreciation. If somehow we fail to appreciate something openly, the repression of it turns into jealousy. The warmth of the appreciation, that you can enjoy and share with the person whom you appreciate, if repressed becomes the fire and starts burning us. That’s why jealousy burns us from inside. Here lies the secret of busting the jealousy, heartfelt and generous appreciation.


Note: This piece is taken from the upcoming book named 'The Joystick' of Dr. Gaurav Agrawal

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Potato and Onion Got Married

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Its a funny story that has great spiritual meaning behind that.
One day the Potato was married with Onion. Potato was the handsome boy and onion was the beautiful girl. So after their honeymoon all the vegetables went to potato and started teasing him. They asked, 'So how was that? What did you do?'. The poor Potato was quite embarrassed. He answered, 'I really don't know. All night I was removing the veil of the bride, and in the middle of the night the bride disappeared. So after that I was all alone in my honeymoon.' Poor potato was removing the layers of the onion and this way whole onion was lost.
Spiritual practitioner is that Potato and pure consciousness or soul or God is that Onion. We all are looking the methods to meet the bride (or soul). All spiritual practices and Yogic practices are just the methods of removing the layers of the onion and then subject finds none other than himself. He finds no God outside of him. This we called Union or Oneness. Master explained it by saying, 'You are That.'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Is Yoga A Religion

Many people are confused thinking if Yoga is a religion or not. There are quite a number of people who wish to learn yogic practices but they are struggling with the dilemma if by learning they will violate their own religious faiths. Above all some people wonder that if by learning yoga they will become Hindus. So I decided to clarify this in this blog. Yoga is strictly a spiritual practice and not a religion in any manner. How come? First we need to understand that there is a big difference in religion and spirituality. In the following lines you can understand that:

Religions are fighting or better say that religious people are fighting, attacking others in the name of religion. Let me tell you those religious people have nothing to do with personal development or spiritual progress. They are simply increasing their numbers because they are scared. In all religions, you will find people who are afraid of God. Afraid of God? A spiritual man can't even understand that. Is this God of yours such a dangerous creature? If yes, then why do you have a devil? They both are created by religions for inspiring fear. 'You need to be loving the God' spirituality would claim. There is no need to fear and inspire fear in each other. If its not enough, then in religions we created the idea of heaven and hell. Heaven  a place for all pleasures and satisfying your lust. Pleasures that we can't achieve in this world are promised in heaven. Then hell for the all sort of punishments. Either follow my religion or be ready to go to the hell. Our hell, where you will be punished. Means, we are led either by greed or fear. You can impose your religious faith on others claiming that only they are right. Everything else can't be right in the first place. It can be my way or My way. Its very easy to look like a religious person but its so very difficult to be a  spiritual person.

Spirituality or spiritual values are the set of those characteristics that help the holistic development of a human being. Being spiritual means a person is developing on physical, mental, social, emotional and soul level. These values can be numerous and there is no restriction on how many a person must be taking at any given moment. Spirituality is the backbone of any and every religion. It is very much possible that a person is spiritual and doesn't follow any religion; and other way a person can be religious but devoid of any spiritual progress. You can follow any spiritual practices irrespective of your own religious faith. Spirituality doesn't have any reason to increase its number by forcing anyone. Spiritual values are never in danger and never attack anyone. They can't be imposed on others. How can you force a person follow your spiritual practices? And why would anyone do that? You can't be a fanatic if you are religious. You will never listen that someone was 'fanatic Yogi'. Idea is not say that Yoga or any other spiritual practice is better than any religion; rather idea here is that one can practice yoga as a true spiritual practice without any fear of your losing your religious faith.

Note: Religion is not a bad thing in the first place. How religion is helpful, in my views, I will discuss in the next blog.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Emotional Strength: A Story

One day on the roof of a twenty floor building, a man was about to jump. He was just gathering the courage for making a suicide. At that moment, a small girl came there and saw that this man was about to kill himself. Out of fear she shouted, 'Hey what are you doing?' The man was suddenly taken back by that childish sound and his effort to jump was halted. He thought that the people of this world are so bad that they would also not allow him to die peacefully. He shouted back at the girl, 'What are you doing here?'
The girl answered, 'Sorry Sir! I just came to see some sunshine.'
The man sais, 'Go back! There is no sunshine.'
The girl protested, 'But look! there is great sunshine all around.'
The man said with a sigh, 'You will not understand. You are too young for that.'
Girl is really young. So she asked, 'Yes sir you are right I don't understand. But, will you be so kind that you explain to me what you meant. After that you can jump, I will not stop you.'
Man thought that it was no a bad idea to have some chat with the girl. Any way she was not stopping him from the suicide. One hour before or later, it didn't matter. So he agreed. Now both were sitting on the roof top for the next one hour. The girl was telling by her limited experience how the life was beautiful and exciting; while the man told how the life was not worth living, and all happiness the girl knew was simply an illusion.
What happened after one hour?

This story can have four possible endings:
1. The man still jumped
2. He changed the mind
3. The girl changed the mind and jumped with him
4. They both simply changed their places i.e. the girl got so depressed that she jumped from the roof and man did find some hope and happiness.

Four possible endings of one small story. Depending on what? Depending on who was stronger. Not physically of course. But also not mentally. Not by logic or reason, as by reasons nothing can be explained to anyone or everything can be explained by logic. It depended on who was stronger emotionally. If girl was a true source of happiness and hope, then man's sadness and depression can't affect her. Rather she would overpower that man's negative emotions. But if the girl is only behaving happily she might be overpowered by the man's negativity.

The great masters distributed the peace and happiness in the whole world but they they themselves were not affected by the negative emotions of the whole world. This detachment is Yoga. This consistency is called Yoga

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Yoga in Context

As such there are various definitions of Yoga. But yoga can be explained in various contexts for different :
  1. If you see in the social context, yoga is a way of living i.e. a life style.  In ‘Bhagwad Geeta’ Lord Krishna told ‘Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam’ i.e. yoga is excellence in all actions. This excellence is not seeking perfection rather it is doing everything in the best possible manner. It is living in the moment with full awareness. 
  2. In emotional or personal context yoga is ‘Samatvam Yoga Uchyate’ (Bhagwad Geeta). It means Yoga is called consistency i.e. consistency in all situations. The subject who lives in all situations in the same manner is a Yogi. Not affected by people, environment or situations; he is a yogi. Somebody says that usually i speak truth, then it simply means that he doesn't speak truth. He usually speaks truth when situations are in favor. But a Yogi is a Yogi. if speaks truth then he does so, no matter what happens in the whole world or whatever others are doing. 
  3. There is also a psychological definitions of Yoga. ‘Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodhah’ i.e. Yoga is the mental state of where patterns (fluctuations) of mind are stopped/controlled; i.e. yoga is a mental state of peace and calmness. Further all those techniques which can help this purpose are also called yogic techniques. Few of these techniques are Aasana or Pranayama or Mantra. But these Yogic techniques are not limited to them.  One can achieve this peace of mind or control of mind by simply singing or dancing, they all will be called yogic techniques. As such everything can become yoga.
  4. Spiritually Yoga is the union. Union of individual conscious with supreme consciousness. A union where boundaries of me and you become weak. This is the level where ultimate reality is understood, People say we are one or together, but really realizing this oneness or togetherness not just with each other but also with the whole universe is Yoga. 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Am I God Already?

Saying that we are God is neither right nor wrong. A seed of a Mango tree carries all potential of being a tree. It has full genetical map of the tree and thousand leaves and fruits that may come up in future, provided if seed is sown in the land and proper care is done. So, is the seed of a mango a mango tree or not. Conditionally yes and no both. So is each individual a God? Yes and no both. Each one can become THAT, as the potential is there. But it is not necessary that it will happen. So when Buddha says that only I was there, he meant that he reached on THAT level of being an omnipresent and omnipotent GOD. He is not separate from what ever you call it / Him. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yoga and After Life Theory


As such yoga is not selling any idea of 'life after death' like any other religion. Yoga doesn't promise any life in heaven or hell just because you have done something in the present life. The idea of heaven is very attractive and inspires someone to do good things, so that he can enjoy his life after death among beautiful women and all other pleasures. But isn't it that people are doing good things only for their greed of heaven and heavenly pleasures? And some religions are manipulating their followers for doing various terrible things in the greed of heaven and virgin beauties waiting their. Or are they not afraid of hell and their own devil? So where is the transformation in goodness? Where is the learning of spiritual values? Only fear or greed is what we get in this idea of life after death. But Yoga is different. When we say about reincarnation or Karma or Sanskaara, it is putting the responsibilities on the shoulders of the people. Its like saying, 'look what ever you are doing, you'll get the consequences of the same. What you are getting now is the result of your actions. So use your heads and do good things and learn good things so you always walk on to it like a habit.' Further this idea is also consoling the practitioners that their progress is not lost in next life. If you can't finish your journey, then also your progress is saved and in the next life (if there is one, and you are comfortable with this idea) you will start from the same place. What ever goodness is earned is yours. Your good habits and spiritual values are not going to leave you even after death.