INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY : A DAY WITH A DIFFEREENCE

YOGA THE WAY OF LIFE

Tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara asakto hy acaran karma param apnoti purushah” BHAGWAD GITA

Meaning, one should simply focus on Karma and leave everything onto God. It also goes to show that a Yogi should be focused on the action but not the outcome of that action. It should also be in line with our spiritually orientative way of living.

SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF YOGIC  PRACTICES FOR ENHANCING IMMUNITY

Yogic practices have special significance since Yoga provides necessay inner strength to fight external infections which impact body metabolism. The world at large is impacted adversely by Covid-19 pandemic infection. This infection has not only taken human toll but also adversely resulted in economic slowdown.

Those infected by this infection and are even declared as negative by the medical tests, surprisingly their immunity has been adversely impacted, their digestive system their internal body organs especially lungs, heart, lever, intestine, kidneys etc. have been impaired.

The decrease in the oxygen level even below 90 has taken many a lives and sudden requirement of oxygen had put our medical system under huge stress. If we would have enhanced our immunnity level by taking proper nutrional value diet, maintained body functionality by proper Yogic exercises etc. we would have not have suffered so much.

 It has been experienced that those who do regularly do Yogic exercises remain agile, their oxygen level remains within acceptable level and are less skeptible to infections. Therefore, the best way to escape from Coronavirus pandemic is to have immunity from infections besides it is also essential to observe Covid—19 pandemic norms like putting on face mark, obseerve social distancing etc.

YOGA – UNITY OF BODY AND MIND

Yoga is one of the most precious gifts to the world at large significantly
By father of Yoga Maharishi Patanjali
Yoga is for unity
Yoga is for harmony of man and the mother nature
Yoga is for living healthy
Yoga is for ensuring body immunity
Yoga is for ensuring balance in our mind and body
Yoga is for ensuring staying power to a Yogi
Yoga is for inculcultion of discipline in our routines – on daily basis
Ensuring functional internal body organs’ efficacy
Enhancing lung functionality
Improving the sleep quality daily
Paryanayama ensures rejuvination of our body
Enhances our awareness of SELF while we focus on our mind and body
Ensures sound metabolic process of our body
For a sound circulation in our veins of our body.
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Yoga gives the traits of tolerance, patience and endurance to the Yogi
International Day of Yoga has a special significance
Being celebrated annually on 21st June
Yoga inculcates holistic growth of body, mind and soul
Through physical, mental and spiritual practices
In order to create harmony between man and nature.

The literal word Yoga
Originates from the Sanskrit word Yuja
meaning to unite or align or align
All the organs of our body to work as a cohesive unit
For ensuring integration
of body, mind and soul in unison
for ensuring holistic growth and development
of body, mind and soul
By regulation of breathing exercises
With a absolute regularity
And complete alacrity
With an emphasis on focused attention
To get maximum benefit that could be attained
With Yogic postures so varied
And instill discipline in the Yogi
Along with enhancing our concentration
Through focused attention
Thereby controlling the function
of our body and mind
Along with ensuring
Total control over our emotions
Which helps in self-realization
By knowing our innate potentials
By regulated breathing
For our good health and wellbeing.

Thence we have Karma Yoga
Meaning performing our functions or duties
With utmost sincerity and honestly
While having no attachment
with the result of our action or Karmic deeds
Thus following spiritual orientation
Along with performing meditation
And ensuring enhancement of our Karmic credit account
And realise the purpose of our life of connectivity with Almighty God
And ensure merger
Of soul with Super Soul
For our liberation from biths and deaths Moksha.


YOGA FOR HOLISTIC GROWTH OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL
EFFICIENCY IN ACTION IS YOGA (KARMA YOGA) – BHAGWAD GITA


The word YOGA has been originated from the Sanskrit word ‘yuja’ meaning to integrate or bind or to align to unite to act or to discipline oneself to act in a natural way to seek complete self-realization or self-awareness. It means the unity or integration of an individual’s consciousness with that of Universal Consciousness.


The International Day of Yoga is being celebrated annually since 21st June 2015. The purpose of this day is to inculcate physical, mental and spiritual development. Since it is inception, this day has a special significance since many countries celebrate this day by participating in the Yogic exercises.


We know that Yoga is a gift of ou country to the international community. It embodies thought, body, mind and action in order to create harmony between man and nature. In Yogic practice, we adopt scientific approach in order to have sound mind and sound body.


It is relevant to mention that Yoga Sutras is the theory and practice collated and propagated by Maharishi Patanjali. The Yoga Sutras has a collection of 198 Sutras in number. These were compiled between 500 BCE and 200 BCE. These contain indepth knowledge about Yoga being followed from olden times. His contribution has been recognized as the best for the benefit of humanity. It provided harmony between man and the nature.


The origin of Yoga is mystic in nature. by 5th Century BC, Yoga was very popular. It also finds its place in Vedic Scriptures. But it cannot be disputed that Lord Shiva was the father of ancient Yoga; as His posture shows Him in Yogic mode.


The ancient Rishis believed that our body, mind and the soul have to join together or integrate with the environment in which a person is living. For this to happen meaningfully, it is essential that an individual’s emotions, thinking, actions and intelligence have to be work cohesively in order to realize the purpose of our life.


For integration of the three (body, mind and soul) with environment in which a Yogi is living, various well-coordinated exercises with regular breathing, experienced over a period of time for their applicability; besides meditation are undertaken ultimately for deriving maximum benefits.


For deriving optimum benefit from the Yogic exercises, discipline in the conduct of various exercises, coordination with the various parts of the body especially control of mind and mind cohesiveness is of optimum importance.

The Yogis who are disciplines in conduct of Yogic postures with focused attention will get maximum benefits. Yoga exercises also help a Yogi in focused meditation and other daily functions as a disciplined Yogi and lead a spiritual oriented lifestyle to realize the purpose of life – to establish connectivity with Almighty God.


IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF YOGA SOUND BODY


It is understood that our body works as a entire unit, integrating the task of various organs, for carrying out different functions and if it is hale and hearty and possessing energy and synergy, we can transact more functions with our body. For this to happen, we’ve to have balanced diet besides proper exercises or Yoga exercises to keep it hale and hearty. It is also in sync with the saying: sound mind dwells in sound body.


SOUND MIND


We have to control our mind so that the senses (sense of sight, sense of touch, sense of smell, sense of taste and sense of hearing) which it possess coordinate all the functions of our body eloquently and works in sync with the requirement of a Yogi. Wavering of senses from one object to another just makes our task of focusing more difficult. That is why we have to mind our mind if we want to have complete benefit from Yoga exercises. This is easier said than done since we have to take the assistance of all the organs of our body including internal resolve along with making the environment conducive, so as to make the Yogic exercise a fruitful exercise.


SOUL/SPIRIT


The soul is self which lives in the body and does its functions through it. When there is no soul in our body our body becomes lifeless and becomes a purposeless for any functions. It is just like a rudderless boat floating aimlessly in the vast ocean without destination. Or it is like a bulb without electricity to give energy to give light to us. Hence, we are living, having emotions and perceiving things intelligently or our mind is functional because we’ve got a soul which gives our body life. A soulless body is a lifeless body. When body and mind are in fine fettle then our soul too functions accordingly. It is also well said that our soul or spirit is not apart from the Super Soul (Parm Atama) who is the creator, evolution/preserver and destroyer for reproduction.


BREATHING EXERCISES


Breathing in O2 (Oxygen) and breathing out CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is one of the most important requirements of our body and if it is closely regimented and systematically done then it proves to be divinely provided sustenance to our body and Yoga bestows us opportunity to enhance breathing methodically which could be proved scientifically. When breathing control is ensured meticulously then we proceed with the next step focused meditation or prayer. While doing so, our mind’s quietness or stillness state is termed as passive activism.


YOGIC EXERCISES & ITS BENEFITS


In Chapter two of Bhagwad Gita, it has been very emphatically mentioned that our responsibility is only to perform our prescribed duty, but we never are entitled to its fruits. It is because our results would be in our favour if there is sincerity in our actions. We should not be motivated by results of our thoughts and actions but we should not be overly attached to the results of our actions. For performing our duty, we should remain balanced minded both in success and failure – no heightened emotions at all. Such a calm temperament and our expertness in performing our task is called YOGA.


Only detached actions (selfless actions) and performing that action with best of our capability will make our pursuit purposeful and meaningful in the long run. We can choose the various duties but it is not in our hands to choose results as we desire. But practically, it has been found that if our pursuit of action is sincere and done with cool temperament then result cannot be disappointing. In this state of mind, even if the results are not good, we shall not be disappointed.The Yogic exercises or Asnas done persistently makes it possible to regulate our breathing thus making it possible to improve the entire metabolic system of our body; in that blood circulation, abdominal organs function perfectly besides keeping all the organs of the body function wonderfully well because every limb of body is benefited with the regulated exercises. When our body is functionally healthy then we can perform various tasks cohesively.


KARMA YOGA – THE YOGA OF ACTION


Karma Yoga is relation to our action that we transact. Before any action is undertaken, it has to be based on some sound thought. The thoughts for action ought to be positive in nature besides being selfless and detachment from the fruits of that action. Karma Yoga has been amply mentioned in Bhagwad Gita stresses that we should transact our actions and detach from the fruits of those actions. Meaning when our actions are based on sound and rational thoughts then their results will have to be good. Also by detaching ourselves from the fruits, we’re able to concentrate/focus on out actions besides offering those actions to God rather than frittering our energies by attaching ourselves with result of our action.


VARIOUS TYPES OF YOGA  HATHA YOGA (YOGA OF POSTURES)


In this branch of Yoga, the Yogis use physical pose or asana with proper breathing exercises or pranayama and subsequent meditation in a focused manner for ensuring good health besides ensuring our spiritual forward march.

YOGA IS THE UNION OF MOTHER NATURE AND MIND


BHAKTI YOGA (YOGA OF DEVOTION)


Bhakti word originated from Sanskrit word Bhaja meaning to contemplate, pray, love, worship etc. Here a Yoga meditate persistently thus integrates heart and body functions wherein body, mind and soul just combine for integrating with Super Soul. Yoga of Bhakti makes us aware of ONE DIVINE by undivided concentration and thus helps us see ONE DIVINE in everyone and everything. While Karma-yoga becomes Bhakti-yoga, it is done with God consciousness.


RAJA YOGA (YOGA OF SELF-CONTROL)


Raja means associated with royalty. In other words, it is KING OF YOGA. It is based on teachings of the EIGHT LIMBS OF Yoga which is based on YOGA SUTRAS. In this, A Yogi considers self as a central to all and thus considers animate and inanimate the same – no difference in living and non-living things. If you wish to learn discipline, then Raja Yoga would perfectly suit that need.


JNANA YOGA (YOGA OF THE MIND)


Jnana Yoga is related with the mind and therefore its focus is on intelligence of a person. Here Yogis lay more emphasis on wisdom and intellect and try integrate the two so that it works for the self optimally. Also Jnana Yogis are after knowledge, they acquire the knowledge from any source or religions because they work on the principle that knowledge could be gleaned from any sources – religions and philosophies. It is universal in nature. Jnana Yoga proponents are rational in their approach for getting knowledge and thus believe that in order to get connectivity with a SINGLE ONE any path or any religion could be followed. Religion or caste or creed is not limiting factor in acquiring knowledge.


TANTRA YOGA OR YOGA OF RITUALS


Tantra yoga deals with head and heart. While pursuing tantra yoga one has to have the quality of purity of mind, devotion, humility, love etc. Here some rituals are observed for obtaining benefit for the body, mind and spirit.
There are still a lot of misconceptions about yoga, for instance, yoga being a religion. Yoga is not a religion. It is more of a set of techniques for us to find spirituality. In fact, yoga is being practiced by a lot of people from different religions and benefiting from doing this.


Another misconception is that yoga is merely an exercise, a way for us to keep fit. It is partly true, but if you think that yoga is just that then you are greatly mistaken. Yoga develops the body since a weak one is a hindrance to spiritual growth. It does not simply focus on the physical but on the mental and spiritual aspects as well.


BENEFITS OF YOGA

Ban Ki-moon has rightly said:


“Yoga does not discriminate…all people can practise, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.”


•It ensures the structural balance of our body.


• Regularly performing Yogic exercises can provide us immunity to our body and can keep us resistant against germs and viruses since it brings our body in harmony with Nature. It gives balance of body, mind and soul.

• Yoga enhances our memory since we undertake Yogic exercises with huge concentration.

• Yoga instills discipline in the Yogi.


• Yoga ensures harmoney between man and Mother Nature.


• Yoga is a scientific method which unites soul with the Super Soul (God) – we rise above delusion and reunite with our Creator.


• It enhances our concentration through focus on the omniscient spiritual eye (between the two eyebrows) thereby memory.


• It controls our stress and strain thus we can function perfectly since we learn how to keep our mind under control besides controlling our emotions which keep us adversely affected.


• As in Yoga, we give more credence to ‘self’, we can thereby can attain self realization first and subsequently God-realization.


• Breathing control ensures sound metabolic process of our body thus we have proper circulation of blood besides all the internal organs like heart, liver, lungs including all abdominal organs of our body function in fine fettle because of this regulated breathing and exercises.


• Meditation in rigorous and with focused manner ensures that we move forward spiritually with a view to connect with our Lord/Creator in a disciplined way. It should always be remembered that systematic meditation makes a true Yogi.


• Yoga helps us in facing challenges of life boldly and with equanimity.


• Yoga helps us to imbibe the trait of love and acceptance for everything and everybody.


• Yogic exercises through various postures enhances our self control thus self confidence because of opening the door of intuitive consciousness – sixth sense which makes it possible to anticipate the coming events!


• While highlight is on self (as is done in Raja Yoga), it enhances the Yogi’s self esteem and self control besides enhancing self reliance in everything a Yogi ventures.

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3 thoughts on “INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY : A DAY WITH A DIFFEREENCE”

  1. On 21st June 2021 is the INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY a day to remind us all that we are responsible for our own life / Our body has to be looked after well and kept in sync with the surroundings. Nothing is more important that YOGIC EXERCISES.

    Do appraise and offer your comments.

    WITH WARM REGARDS

    HARBANS

    1. Affirmative, our connectivity with our BHAGWAN JI earns us high dividends – the YOGA wins hearts and souls for us. Thanks and regards.

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