Yoga: What we learnt from our ancient sages

Mysuru, July 4:- Yogasana and pranayama have been practised by most of the Indians and even foreigners are not far behind. But how many of them know about the significance of yoga in life as practised by our ancient sages and how they have made use of these for their perfection in life?  Vid Anantha, a Sanskrit lecturer from Bharatiya Yoga Dhamna, Uthanahalli near Bandipalya, during his discourse at the monthly lecture series held recently at the Saraswathi Samudaya Bhavan of Elders Citizens’ Council at Jayalakshmipuram, explained the various stages of yoga that is being practised in India based on the foundations laid by the sages of India.

Explaining the three ways of attaining the satisfaction, peace of mind and good health through yoga by the ancient saints of India, which included  Gnana yoga, Karma yoga and the Bhakti yoga, Ananth said that the Gnana yoga practised by the sages brought about inner memory development and concentration,  the Karma yoga  which directs us to do our duty and perform, as told by Lord Krishna in Bhagavadgita to Arjuna,  the Bhakti yoga  to develop love/devotion  and the mind to see eye to eye with God by practising yoga in a spiritual way, all these three yoga asanas are practised by every one who take up yogasana which develop the body and mind.

Describing the various branches of yoga as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Prathyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi, he explained that  Yama includes Ahimsa, Sathya, Astheya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha form the practices one follows in the form of yoga.  Explaining further about niyama  to include shoucha, santhosha, thapas, swadhyaya and eswara   pranidhana as the main practices to develop discipline in a human being. Asanas are the pathway for self-realisation and it is not the end for us, he said.

By practising the yogasana, Vid Anantha said that the body gets its stability/immunity not only in mind and body but also gets control over the indriyas and the nervous system and that is why the Ayurveda has recognised the yogasana as one way of healing the body from all diseases and hence advised the people to practice yogasana as part of their lifestyle. (MR)


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