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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