Yoga literally means to attach, join or bind together. It signifies
union, the coming together of mind, body and spirit and thus
directing this energy towards the universal energy, the divine
creation, that which some of us call Paramatma or God. This energy
represents the infinite pulsating vibration of existence.
Yoga teaches the way to self-realisation, bliss and enlightenment.
With dedication, perseverance, patience and time, the individual
soul may become united with the supreme universal spirit and
eventually attain liberation.
When activities and restlessness of the mind, body and intellect
are stilled through the practice of concentration, meditation,
pranayama (rhythmic control of the breath) and asana (postures
or poses), the individual by the grace of the spirit within
himself finds fulfilment.
Yoga is a deliverance from contact with pain and sorrow. One may
achieve mental and emotional balance, inner peace, greater spiritual
awareness and happiness.
Through the practice of yoga
restlessness of the mind is calmed the energy directed into positivity
and channelled constructively, creating a sense of pure lightness
and well being. When the mind intellect and senses are brought
under control, an unlimited amount of energy is created along
with an abundant sense of peace within the self.
An ancient text in Indian philosophy explains the difficulties
in controlling the mind. Arjuna, the young warrior, who finds
himself under the guiding hand of Srikrishna (who represents
godhead) questions the possibility of mind control.
have told me of the union with the universal spirit, which is
but how can this be permanent, since the mind is so restless and
and willfull as difficult to harness as the wind?” Srikrishna replies, ” Undoubtedly
the mind is restless and hard to control, but it can be trained
by constant practice, by freedom from desire.
A man, who cannot control his mind, will find it difficult to attain
this divine communication; but the self-controlled man can attain
it and directs his energy by the right means.