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    Yoga in Action

    Living beings are constantly active – Animals, plants, humans et al. The material atmosphere induces struggle. A delicate balance sustains the various spheres of existence. It brooks no excess. Either of the body or the mind, happiness is a fragile harmony of vulnerable factors. Living beings seeking fulfilment in the material realm strive hard without assurance of success. Uncertainty brings anxiety and success little satisfaction. This is the saga of the soul wishing to express his inborn, joyful freedom in a severely constricting environment. The stringent laws of Karma that govern every action impose reactions, which unfold with the inexorable passage of time. The wily material energy keeps the soul…

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    Practicing Yoga In The Present Age

    Today many people are interested in Yoga. To most, yoga is a form of exercise or some sitting postures for keeping the body fit. The real purpose of Yoga, however, is to connect the minute soul to the Supersoul. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the ultimate object of yoga. Hence one of Kṛṣṇa’s names is yogeśvara, the master of yoga. In India, those who are serious about practicing yoga go to a secluded place in the Himalayas where in solitude, they follow a very restrictive process for eating and sleeping. Their strict rules and regulations include brahmacharya or celibacy. Scriptures say, yoga indriya-saṁyama, which means…

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    Bhagavad-Gita: The Science of Yoga

    Two small children with bloodied faces and vacant eyes sat on a table in a dingy room, too shocked to even cry. They had just become orphans and they did not know it. There would be no mother anymore to fuss over them, no father to demand from. It had not yet dawned on them that death had abruptly snatched away everything of value at the very onset of life. Their future now was loveless foster care, insensitivity and neglect. A child cannot be truly cared for by anyone except his parents for such is the compelling impulse of the word ‘mine’. To the eye not cultured by knowledge of…

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    Yoga: Practice for the Modern Age

    What Does Yoga Target And How It Can Be Achieved In The Present Age Yoga as a Human Endeavour Lord Krishna directs in the Bhagavad-Gita [quote]tapasvibhyo ‘dhiko yogī jñānibhyo ‘pi mato ‘dhikaḥ karmibhyaś cādhiko yogī tasmād yogī bhavārjuna “A yogī is greater than the ascetic, greater than the empiricist and greater than the fruitive worker. Therefore, O Arjuna, in all circumstances, be a yogī.” Excerpt From: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. “Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition” 6.46[/quote] Every person has a choice of diverse endeavours in human life. People generally endeavour to satisfy their necessities and achieve significance in life while struggling with the constant stream of problems…

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    Equanimity in Success & Failure

    Managing the two sides of life effectively Yoga is a powerful state of existence that anyone can potentially attain. It is a matter of learning the principles, adopting the practices, elevating the goal of life and consciously applying the principles. One adept at conducting his thoughts and actions by realised yogic understanding experiences a freedom that cannot be curtailed by persons and worldly circumstances. Such resilient freedom is the source of real peace and happiness. Yogic principles are taught in Vedic scriptures. The most important book on this subject is the Bhagavad-Gita. Lord Krishna, the supreme authority, the source of everything Himself delineates the essence of Yogic living. It is…

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    Self Image for a Yogi

    How the correct idea of the self is critical for a Yogi Yoga is the prime purpose of human existence and self-image should be understood clearly by the yogi   We all live in a world which the scriptures reveal is largely an illusion. The hopes of happiness and the pangs of distress are both products of illusory impressions. In this scenario of powerful duality, the proper notion of the self is one of the most critical factors in realising Truth by spiritual advancement. Without realised understanding of our spiritual identity, we only foster the false self-image of the body that the illusory energy imposes. When harbouring the false bodily…