Saturday, December 20, 2008

Meditation

There is a much talk about meditation. If you ask somebody does he or she meditate, they can tell you that they do, but meditation isn't really something that you can "do". Meditation is something that happens spontaneously when you're not doing anything, that is a state of absolute non-doing. From this reason, we can say that there is a practice of some particular techniques that hopefully will create the situation where meditation can happen. There is no technique that is meditation. Meditation techniques leads to the situation where meditation can happen spontaneously.

When you practice teachniques of meditation, many crisis will come in your practice, but regular, patient, persistent and persisting practice will lead to success.

Yogis say that the best time to practice meditation is in the early morning, between 4. and 6. AM. In that time, the mind is calm and refreshed. Also, atmosphere is calm, so there are all conditions for undisturbed practice of meditation.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pranayama

Pranayama is breath exercise in Yoga. Through Pranayama, breath is restrained and on that way Prana in the body is controlled. Prana is cosmic energy that exist everywhere, it is Life Energy.

Puraka in Yoga means inhalation, Kumbhaka means retention of breath, and Rechaka means exhalation. Yogis have computed that the total number of breaths in a day is 21600., so, a man generally takes fifteen breaths in a minute.

Pranayama techniques purify the body, feelings and mind, fill the body with Life Energy, and clean the body from toksins. Also, practice of Pranayama balance positive and negative mental flows, purify and open nadis (suptil nervous channels) and chakras (suptil energy centers in the body), leads to deidentification from mind and body, awaken kundalini energy or evolutive energy, accomplish control over body and energy, leads to the state of cosmic consciousness, etc...

Person who practice Pranayama will be cheerful, will have light and handsome body, good strength, high standard of health, vigour, vitality, and good concentration of mind.

The Three Gunas

There is three Gunas or qualities of the human mind. They are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. When Sattva dominate, man is calm and serene. When Rajas dominate, man is agitated or excited. When Tamas dominate, man is dull and foolish. These Gunas are the primary constituents of Prakriti or Nature. They are the bases of substances. The purpose of Yoga is transcending these three Gunas.

The fruit of Sattvic action is happiness, the fruit of Rajastic action is pain, and the fruit of Tanasic action is ignorance. These three Gunas are present in all human beings. No one is free from the operation of any one of the three Gunas. These qualities of the Gunas are not constant. Sometimes Sattva predominates, sometimes the other two, Rajas and Tamas predominates. Rajas and Tamas are pitfalls on the spiritual path. When Sattva predominates, a man is endowed with discrimination, pure reason and pure understanding.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Asanas

Asanas are the name for yoga meditational postures. Asanas refine and reform the body, especially muscles of the body. This includes the muscles of the internal organs. Muscles are refined through dilatation and contraction. Through tension of muscles, function of all organs and systems in the body become improved. Asanas strenghten muscles, elbows become elastic, and all internal organs and systems naturally function.

Practice of asanas is a path to health and well being. When you practice asanas where it is needed to move your body, function of your body cells will be raised, and as a result of that, toksins will be throwed away from the walls of the cells. When you practice static asanas, energetic flow in the body will be raised, as well as flow of the blood, and toksins will be eliminated from the body.

If you want to progress in your practice of asanas, you need to practice according to your capacity, and not to force. Patient, persistent and regular practice is a key for success in practicing of asanas.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Yamas and Niyamas

Yamas and Niyamas are ethical rules, and they are necessary on the path of Yoga. These rules are important, because when the practicant of yoga follow these rules, he/she will have calmer mind, and will have less distractions in the practice of meditation. The practicant, of course, cannot fulfill all the rules, but he/she must follow the rules as much as he can.

Yamas have 5 rules, and Niyamas also 5 rules. Yamas are rules of social discpline, and Niyamas are rules of individual discipline. They are the next:

Yamas:

Ahimsa - non-violence. This rule means not harming other people, any other sentient beings, and oneself. Also, not harming the environment. We must be tolerant even for that which we dislike, and not speaking that which, even though truthful, would injure others,

Satya - truthfulness. This rule means not intending to deceive others in our thoughts, as well as our words and actions,

Asteya - non-stealing. This rule means that we do not take that which do not belong to as, or it is not given to as,

Brahmacarya - sexual responsibility. This rule means treating others as human beings rather than as male and female bodies. Here we must comserve our energy for the purpose of spiritual practice. This includes not only sexual restraint, but protecting our energy for instance by avoiding endless chattering with no clear purpose,

Aparigraha - abstention from greed. This rule means not wishing something that is not ours. We must avoid here unnecessary acquisition of objects that are not essential to maintaining life only, or that are not essential to spiritual study;

Niyamas:

Sauca - cleanliness. This rule means external cleanliness of the body, as well as internal cleanliness such as avoiding the impurities of anger and egoism. Also, we must be here moderate in eating,

Santosa - contentment. This rule means not spiritual complacence, but acceptance of ours external situations we have in our life,

Tapas - austerity. This rule means deep commitment to our yoga practice,

Svadhyaya - self-study. This rule means spiritual self-education. This is contemplation and application of the scriptures or sacred texts of our path,

Isvara pranidhana - surrender of the self to God. This rule means that we must surrender the fruits of our actions to God. It is giving up our egotistical illusion that we know best, and accepting that the way life unfolds may be part of a pattern too complex to understand. This is not passive inactivity, it is also action. We must be modest and humble.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What Is Yoga

Yoga is complete life, it is a method that improve all aspects of human personality, and a system of integral education, but not only education of body and mind, or intellect, but and of inner spirit.

Yoga is path from evil to good, then from good to holiness, and then to eternal divine glory. It is a art of properly living. When you learn how to properly live, you will be happy, harmonious, filled with peace and released from tension.

Yoga is science perfected from the side of ancient sages of India, not merely in India, but of humanity as a whole. It is exact science, perfect, and practical system of self-culture.

Yoga do not avoid life. He demands transformation and spiritualisation of life. Yoga is, in first place, the way of life, and not something that is apart from life. It is not passivity and renunciation from action, but it is efficient execution in proper spirit. You don't have to flee from the house and places where are peoples, yoga is a process of forming an attitude towards home and society through new understanding.

Since yoga is for all, it is universal. Yoga is not sectarian affair, it is a path to God. Yoga is not a creed, also. Practice of Yoga is not in opposition with any religion, or holy Church. Yoga is pure spiritual, and universal, and it is not against any sincere belief of anybody.

Since Yoga is not religion, it is a help in practicing basic spiritual Truths in all religions. You can practice Yoga if you belong to any faith, or religion, or if you are atheist. To be a yogi means to abide continuously in God, and to be in peace with humanity. Yoga is union with God, and union with everything, since God dwell in everything.

Many peoples think that Yoga is constituted from some physical exercises, or that it is constituted from some postures and exercises of breathing, but that is mistake. That idea is totally wrong. This is only helpful tools in practicing Yoga. Most people do not have access to Yoga beyond its physical level, because yoga demands personal discipline connected with intense thinking, under the guidance of competent yoga teacher. The promise of Yoga is superphysical and spiritual blessing. Yoga is not attractive to common man who clamours for immediate fruits and wordly prosperity.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My First Post

This is my first post on this blog. I am Dejan, from Serbia, and I was become interested in yoga and spiritual teachings when I was teenager. I was first become interested in yoga and spiritual teachings when I was read something about that in one magazine on my native language. After some time, I was meet and master of yoga and my future guru, and I was still teenager. I was have luck to meet yoga master who was living in the same town as me. With him, I was studying yoga, and many other spiritual teachings. Some time later, he was founded "Academy Of Esoteric Sciences", where I was studying on the desks "Enlightenment", and "Holy Scriptures".

My spiritual journey with him was last from 1993. to 1996. year. After 1996. year, the Academy was stoped to work, since he was migrated with his family to Canada.

I have named this blog "Yoga Lectures", because I will try to post some quality lectures about yoga, and I hope that this blog will be of benefit to many yoga followers.

Also, anyone who have any questions can contact me through the next e-mail address: dejanb.kv@gmail.com

In any way, thank you for visiting this blog, and I hope you will enjoy!

All the best.
 
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