I recently learned that there are some temples in India that deny entry to non-Hindus. The Swami who told me that said that he thought it had to do with some westerners who disrespected the temples by their dress and or behavior. Later, I learned that there were also temples that deny entry to women.
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”
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
Part II Of The Debt I Owe to Yoga
This is the 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.”
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”
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”
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
1 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.
2 We know thy name, O Conference: thy name is interchange of
Let all the company who join the Conference agree with me.
3 Of these men seated here I make the splendour and the lore
Indra, make me conspicuous in all this gathered company.
4 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
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)