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The Path Of Yoga
In modern times yoga has become synonymous with merely physical postures, under-rating its fundamental purpose, whereas it is a practical, methodical and systematic discipline which aims to help the aspirant realise true nature. The Path Of Yoga, celebrating this ancient tradition, is a tribute to all rishis and sages over the millennia who selflessly disseminated this science of human evolution for the welfare of mankind. It gives the insightful exposition of the eight progressive limbs of yoga, as delineated by Rishi Patanjali in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras – yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi. Extolling the path of yoga as a spiritual discipline, revered master Anandmurti Gurumaa explains how this journey begins from moral codes of conduct to invigorating asana, then pranayama, calming the mind and subsequently leading to internalisation of the senses. This integration enables one to deal with the challenges and obstacles on the path. It facilitates exploration of the deeper recesses of the mind, body and self, eventually culminating into the absorption of mind, samadhi. From being a self-centred, egotistical person to becoming a selfless, illuminated, enlightened yogi, this mystical and intriguing journey is well within the reach of one and all, under the guidance of a realised master.
Just like food is a necessity for the body, asana is more so a necessity for not just the body but also the mind. It is funny no one ever asks who can and cannot eat food! But this question usually arises in the case of practicing asana. Does having to stay fit require eligibility? Does any kind of necessity require eligibility? If you believe the answer is no, then why does practicing asana require eligibility? The problem is that we don’t realise the necessity of practicing asana, its essential need. There are no limitations for who can practice asana, in fact anyone and everyone must undertake this practice for it is very much a basic need. But without will and dedication even the practice won’t be fruitful. Know about the indispensible need of asana in this video drawn from the talk given on International Yoga Day (Delhi, 2015) by revered master Anandmurti Gurumaa.
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