Sunday, July 3, 2011

Who is a Bona fide Yogi ?

The ancient scriptures shed light on the meaning of Yoga:

etāvān yog ādiṣhṭo machchhiṣhyaiḥ sanakādibhiḥ
sarvato mana ākṛiṣhya mayyaddhāveśhyate yathā (Bhagavatam 11.13.14)
“True Yoga is to remove our mind from all the objects of material attachment, and fix it completely on the Supreme Lord.” Thus, a true Yogi is one who sees God everywhere in the world, and performs every action in a spirit of dedication to Him. Since God is reservoir of Divine Bliss, Knowledge, and Love, by connecting our mind with Him, we will attain the same qualities.

The Power of Yoga

Yoga incorporates the science of healthy and righteous living into our daily life. It works on all aspects of an individual: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It takes into purview the mind, the body, and the soul of a jīva in its aim of reaching the Absolute. Yog has the power of integrating the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of a jīva.

Our intellect is subject to certain weaknesses, which are universal in the materially bound state. Avidyā—lack of knowledge, asmitā—pride due to identification with the designations of the body, rāg—longing and attachment for sensory objects and affections, dveṣh—dislike for objects and persons, and abhiniveśh—the fear of death. These are the five flaws of the intellect that must be rooted out. Yoga is the ultimate panacea that helps us to eradicate these mental flaws.

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