The Final Four – Yoga Limbs 5 thru 8

This concludes the series 8 Limbs of Yoga

In brief summary, we have discussed the goal of Yoga, which is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self, “JIVA” with the infinite “BRAHMAN”, the Hindu concept of God.  This God is not a personal God, but it is an impersonal spiritual substance which is one with nature and cosmos. Brahman is an impersonal divine substance that “pervades, envelopes and underlies everything”. Yoga comes to yogi who is one with Brahman”

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Breathing and Posing

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Yoga Pt III  Breathing and Posing Third in the series, The Debt I Owe to Yoga

We now arrive at asanas. This is limb number three of yoga that gets called, well, “yoga.” Actually, it is properly named asana, or , posture. These are the poses you see in advertisements for yoga paraphernalia or poses by bodies that grace the covers of Yoga or health related magazines .  These postures practiced in asanas, comprise the third limb and the breathing exercises or pranayama comprises the fourth.  If you have been reading this series so far, you will know that asana is not a fitness system or a series of gymnastic exercises but part of a larger process of spiritual rebalancing. 1, 2

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Have You Exercised Your Limbs Today?

Part II Of The Debt I Owe to Yoga

This is thPatanjali, yoga Sutra Part II the debt I owe yogae second part of a series entitled The Debt I Owe to Yoga, subtitled Have you worked your limbs today? Part one was an introduction to yoga, some of its cultural impact, a brief history, and how it has affected me personally.

To  explain the spiritual significance and the totality of what yoga really is one must, of necessity visit Patanjali.  It was he who classified yoga at approximately  200-400 BCE, (some documents say 150 BCE) because by that time the practice, had gone into all different directions. He organized it into a format known as the Yoga Sutras.  His “eight limbs” of yoga still inform the practice today and discuss posture, breathing, meditation and correct living. He is known as “the father of modern yoga.”

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Musings of Hinduism By Nithin Sridhar A Book Review

                                                                              Musings of  Hinduism                                                 Book By Nithin Sridhar Dharma Brahman Vedanta or non-duality           By Nithin Sridhar

Nithin Sridhar has created a master piece. He has many meaningful thoughts on Hinduism that he packs into this book, Musings of Hinduism. His basic premise is that of the philosophical concept of Vedanta or non-duality, which essentially means to know and to merge with what is real. For instance, since, Brahman being the highest reality, from which we came, we will eventually again merge with Continue reading “Musings of Hinduism By Nithin Sridhar A Book Review”

Today’s Ponder – Why People Shout In Anger

Akshaya Tritiya 2017

Akshaya Tritiya 2017
Lord Ganesha for Akshaya Tritiya

A most auspicious day according to the Hindu calendar.  Lord Vishnu and Lord Kuber endow great wealth and prosperity on devotees on this day

The word “Akshaya” means imperishable or eternal – that which never diminishes. Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune. Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day. https://www.thoughtco.com/akshaya-tritiya-1770185

One of my favorite Akshaya Tritiya   stories is the Krishna-Sudama Legend where his poor Brahmin childhood friend Sudama came over to his palace to request from him a loan or small grant . As an offering, poor Sudama brought all that he had which was  a handful of beaten rice. So, he was actually ashamed to give it to his friend, but Krishna took the rice  and happily received it.  Krishna was following the practice of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ that ‘the guest is like God’ and he therefore treated Sudama like a king. His poor friend was so heartened by the warmth and hospitality shown by Krishna, that he could was too ashamed to ask for the financial favor  after all.  When Sudama  returned to his home, it had been transformed into a palace! He found his family dressed in royal clothing and all of the contents were new and expensive. Sudama knew that it was a boon from Krishna, who blessed him with more than the wealth he actually intended to ask for. Therefore, Akshaya Tritiya is associated with material gains and wealth acquisition.  I might also add generosity.

On this day world leaders are to perform Puja at the picture of Vaibhav-Lakshmi for their subjects which should make the subjects happy as well as prosperous. We should remember though to make sure to invoke Lord Vishnu because Goddess Lakshmi is his divine energy (shakti). So to not invite him to our worship on this day will not allow us the maximum benefit of the principle of Lakshmi-tattva”

Today’s Ponder Hymn XII Book VII Atharva Veda

These Vedas are so easy to like. Really now who among us has not prayed a prayer close to if not this?

A prayer for influence at deliberative and religious meetings

In concord may Prajapati’s two daughters, Gathering and As-
sembly, both protect me.
May every man I meet respect and aid me. Fair be my words,
O Fathers, at the meetings.
We know thy name, O Conference: thy name is interchange of
talk.
Let all the company who join the Conference agree with me.
Of these men seated here I make the splendour and the lore
mine own.
Indra, make me conspicuous in all this gathered company.
Whether your thoughts are turned away, or bound and fastened
here or there,
We draw them hitherward again: let your mind firmly rest on me

The Debt I Owe to Yoga

I owe yoga a remarkable debt. It is the vehicle by which I arrived at my spiritual home. It changed my life both physically and metaphysically, leaving me with a deep sense of gratitude and reverence. Once I began to delve into the subject, I was amazed at its breadth and depth. There are many works available for the seeker who wants to probe beyond the scope of this introduction. Topics include among others, spiritual history, scientific origins, types of practice, and even a new Western fad, “doga”, practicing yoga with one’s dog.    (Part one of a series)

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Today’s Ponder HYMN IX Bk VII Atharva Veda

A prayer to Pūshan for protection and the recovery of lost property

1   Pūshan was born to move on distant pathways, on roads remote
from earth, remote from heaven.
To both most lovely places of assembly he travels and returns
with perfect knowledge.
2   Pūshan knows all these realms: may he conduct us by ways that
are most free from fear and danger.
Giver of blessings, glowing, all heroic, may he the wise and
watchful go before us.
3   We are thy praisers here, O Pūshan: never let us be injured  under thy protection.
4   From out the distance, far and wide, may Pūshan stretch his
right hand forth. Let him drive back our lost to us, let us return with what is lost.

Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1895], at sacred-texts.com

Pushan is also known as Puchan and is a protector and multiplier of cattle and of human possessions in general. If you have ever lost anything that you valued you may have prayed for his help, or maybe you didn’t ask for his assistance but he helped you anyway, which is why he is a God.  IH

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Today’s Ponder Hymns of the Atharva Veda

HYMN XLV

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A prayer for preservation from mental sin and evil promptings

Sin of the Mind, avaunt! begone! Why sayest thou what none
should say?
Go hence away, I love thee not. Go to the forests and the trees.
My heart is in our homes and cows.
2   Whatever wrong we have committed, sleeping or waking, by
ill-wish, dislike, or slander,
All these offences, which deserve displeasure, may Agni take
from us and keep them distant.
3   Indra and Brāhmanaspati! whatever foolish deed we plan,
May provident Angirasa preserve us from the sin and woe.

Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1895], at sacred-texts.com