Yoga in Daily LIfe
Purifying one's emotion with Yoga Asana
Hatha yoga or Asana is one of the eight limbs of yoga (Ashtanga). In ancient time, the Yogis used Hatha Yoga as one of the tools to support their meditation practices (also one of the eight limbs), with the goal of controlling the modification of the mind, gaining wisdom and eventually reaching the enlightenment. There is a subtle interconnection between mind and body. Therefore, a healthy body is very useful for most people to undertake the job requiring high level of mental discipline such as meditation.
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Swami Ritavan, Swami Ma Radha and Swami Ma Gita of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition
September 29, 2012
The Meditation Center, Minnesota MN
"When one of my meditation students asks me, 'Swamiji, am I making spiritual progress? Is my meditation improving? Is it leading me closer to enlightenment?', I often reply, 'Do not ask me; ask your wife/husband/child/mother-in-law/daughter-in-law/neighbor. Do they say that your emotions have purified, you are easier to get along with, you are gentler, less angry, less arrogant, less jealous, less possessive, softer of tone, humbler than you used to be? If so, you are making spiritual progress. If not, 12 hours of meditation a day behind closed doors is a mere escape from the need to reform yourself. It is not going to lead you to moksha.' The first liberation is from the emotional negativity that distorts your relationships. Relationships are the test of spiritual progress." [read the entire article at Life Positive]
The Himalayan Mountains have been the home of sages for millennia. These great sages have lived and passed on knowledge of the yogic teachings to disciples who then became masters passing on the teachings in an unbroken lineage since the Vedic period. Twelve hundred years ago Shankaracharya organized his teaching into five centers of the Himalayan Tradition. As one of those five, our tradition is the Bharati lineage.
Bha means "the light of knowledge," rati means "a lover who is absorbed in it," thus; Bharati indicates one, who as a lover of knowledge, becomes totally absorbed in its light. The methods and philosophies of the Himalayan Tradition have withstood the test of time. Generation upon generation have followed this path and a huge reserve of knowledge has been built.
The student can study the writings of the Tradition and read about the experiences of the great masters of the past for him or herself. The Himalayan Tradition is not a tradition where a teacher proclaims himself a guru and students are expected to believe whatever he says, rather, the teachings come from the Tradition and the student can look to the Tradition to support and make sense of what the teacher says. The initial purpose of the tradition is to awaken the divine flame within each human being and the goal is for each student to become a master of the Tradition in coming to know his or her true Self. It is the task of the teacher, through the Grace of the Guru to selflessly help his disciples on the way of highest enlightenment. Passing on of knowledge is done experientially through the transmission of a pulsation of energy.