What does Yoga science mean to you?
When people talk about Yoga they often think it has something to do with the physical being only. Yoga is a science that deals with body, breath, mind, soul, and ultimately, the universe itself. It is both practical and theoretical.
Yoga science is a science of life that helps you to know the known and unknown parts of life, that helps you to liberate yourself from pains and miseries, and that helps you to attain that state which is free from pains and miseries.
How can someone living in the world practice Yoga science? If you understand the fundamental principles of Yoga science and why Yoga science should be practiced, it will become easy for you to practice. First you have to decide to search. You have to feel the necessity of finding yourself. Yes, I want to know myself. Millions of people, both in the East and in the West, are searching for Truth and Self-realization—or as the religionists put it, God.
Yoga science offers a methodology, through which you can understand yourself better on all levels, including your physical well-being, your actions, thought process, emotions, and desires. You will also understand how you are related to the world, and how to lead a successful life in the world. Yoga science creates a bridge between the internal and external conditions of life. Yoga is a way of improving yourself, a way of understanding your internal states. Whosoever you are, you have all the potentials within you. Are you aware of this? If you are aware of this, do you know how to use them? This practical science says to explore more and more.
Yoga means to join; union of mental, physical, and spiritual movements.
In Vedic Sanskrit, the more commonly used, literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga which is ‘to add’, ‘to join’, ‘to unite’, or ‘to attach’. The root word yuj, already had a much more figurative sense, which meant the yoking or harnessing of oxen.
There are very many compound words containing yog in Sanskrit. Yoga can take on meanings such as ‘connection’, ‘contact’, ‘method’, ‘application’, ‘addition’, and ‘performance’. For example, Bhakti-yoga means ‘devoted attachment’ in the monotheistic Bhakti movement. Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras, states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).
Yoga is the state wherein there is no sankalpa vikalpa (thought or doubt). Yoga is the control of mind and its modifications. Yoga is the equal state between jivatma (soul) and paramatma (God). The word 'Yogi' signifies an aspirant or a student in the path of yoga, as well as a full blown developed adept in yoga. He who is fully established in the highest nirvikalpa samadhi (super-consciousness) is a yogi. He who practises yoga is also a yogi.
The word Yoga means ‘unification, to unite with’. You have to unite yourself with the whole. At present you are an individual and you are experiencing miseries. The cause of misery is ignorance. Ignorance is self-created. You can be free from that misery because it has been created by you. It’s as if you constantly slap your face and then say, God help me. It’s as though you blindfold yourself and then says, O Lord of light, of life, and love, give me light. This prayer is in vain.
You have to light your own lamp. No one will give you salvation. All individuals have the responsibility to enlighten themselves. Do not think you cannot do it. You have that spark. You are fully equipped. You simply need to discipline yourself.
International Day of Yoga
21 June was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014.
The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Yoga Day by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, wherein he stated: ‘Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.’ In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, he had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
(Article by Sunita Shir & Asmita Shir)
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