Yoga stands for unification. At individual level it is the unification of mind body and soul. At macro level Yoga is the unification of you, me and all.
Purpose pulls performance - Rishi Patanjali unambiguously shares the purpose of the Yoga Sutra-s is yogah chitta vritti nirodah (yoga is transcending the thoughts of the mind).
When individual’s mind, body and soul synchronizes it gives him confidence, peace and self-realization, making him a fully functioning personality. Creating a world order with spiritually elevated, emotionally stable and physically fit citizens.
After creating a fully functioning individuals, these individuals can act as a founding stones of creating a Yogic Society with United consciousness. United consciousness Yogic Society is a world order where I can see divine within everybody, beyond limited identities of division.
The mind has been created extrovert hence the need to use abstinence to guide the mind inward -
1. Ahimsa (non-harming),
2. Aparigrah (non-collecting),
3. Asteya (non-arrogating),
4. Brahmacharya (non-indulging) and
5. Satya (non-compromising) we will quieten the mind
The mind has been created extrovert hence the need to use observance to guide the mind inward -
1. Ishvara-pranidhana (devotion),
2. Santosha (contentment),
3. Saucha (purity),
4. Svadhyaya (introspection),
Tapasa (discipline) we will quieten the mind
Asana (Controlled Postures) - when the body is controlled in postures, mental energy is conserved.
· Pranayama (Controlled Breathing) - when the breath is controlled in flows, mental energy is concentrated.
By practicing prati (lessening) + ahara (inputs) an environment is created where the mind is disengaged allowing for identification with the intellect.
The evolution of our efforts is to shift our concentration from the earlier verbs to holding on to the Awareness illumining the verbs.
Establishing one's self as Awareness is the only way to breaking one's self from ignorance
With our identification dha (placed) + sama (fully) in the Self, the noise of the ego is silenced
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