I cannot stress enough on the importance of yoga. I have been living, breathing, dreaming and practicing yoga for the last 51 years, getting my nourishment from nature.
Our inner potential has to be unlocked after the lockdown. What a god sent for a great karya of mankind. Champions are born out of challenges. Unless a human being keeps reinventing himself, and hones internal skills, one cannot evolve, rise and become a leader. The pandemic has been an opportunity to unlock the hidden potentials. It has brought self-realization and self-actualization — on how stupid we were, and how the reset button has changed everything around us. Introspection and retrospection happens by spending time with nature. Go out to your balcony, spend time under the morning sun, look at the trees, look at the vast expanse of the sky, listen to the chirping of the birds, appreciate the flowers. Mingling with the elements brings you courage. It makes you replace fear with faith. You begin to see life in a perspective — that nature always provides and sustains.
I have been telling people to get closer to their own nature, by getting close to the environmental nature outside. We are made up of the same elements as the environment — we are 72 per cent water, 12 per cent earth, 6 per cent air, 4 per cent fire, and 6 per cent ether. This ratio has to be maintained with pranayama, vegetarian food, dhyana (meditation), and principles of detachment. More important than social distancing, is distancing from desires.
In meditation, you have to embrace the constant truth that you are a spirit inside the body and vice-versa. Recognising the eternal nature of energy, of soul, not thinking that you are limited, helps. The lures,or the sins of life — pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, sloth — take you down in the abyss of entropy. To rise, one has to embrace asht-anga of yoga — yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption). A man is the highest level of consciousness and his only purpose is to salvage through evolution.
Yoga is the principle of divinity. A yogi is the embodiment of divinity. Yoga births new realities, which is what I call ‘evolution’. Yoga blendsyour physical being with the cosmic being. The lines of separation in the body are obliterated in the asanas. Yoga gives you rhythm and flow, which gives rise to ‘swasth‘(health) means swayammeinaastha. It comes from the Sanatan way of life — the Sanatan Dharma.
Yoga has four principles: conserve your breath, preserve your body, be established in the flow, and synchronize your unit rhythm with the universal rhythm — your circadian rhythm, with that of the cosmos. For you to become superhuman, you need to have insight, foresight, and multi-sensory perceptions.
That a person who is 80, cannot do yoga. Or a child who is two-years-old should never do yoga. Somebody having a backache should not do yoga. Yoga is for all, provided the approach is intelligent, sensible, and ethical. Please don’t do yoga for weight loss, or only for immunity. Do it to find a purpose in your life and to evolve. Mark Twain said: ‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’
Yoga will help you find your calling. You can contribute to this universe, and find your place in the biggest jigsaw puzzle.
Simply start with stretching up, and reaching for the sky. That will give you a perception of infinity. Then try and touch your toes gradually, without pushing yourself. It will give you an idea of earthing, of bowing down to nature. Then twist to the right and to the left. That will take care of the other two dimensions as well. Then bend backward and forward to be flexible in life, so that you open your mind and body.
Learn chakrasana, a bridge between your physical and spiritual life. Try and get into bhujangasana, in which like a cobra you will become alert. Try your dhanurasana slowly, remember the arrow is not the hero but the bow is, the bow gives you trajectory alignment, focus and allows you to hit the mark. It will help you have a vision. Remember, yoga does not make you religious, it makes you spiritual. It makes you dissolve your ego.
Weight loss and immunity will happen; you need not chase them.
We are fortunate to be living in the digital era. First connect with the people you are living with. Find your parents and siblings in the neighborhood. Love one, love all. Reach out and do good to as many people you can. Feed your watchman, and everyone else who is serving in your society and your house. These acts resonate with you and give you wellness at the core. It makes your hormones behave well. People who do a lot of charity will never have heart issues. People who are empathetic and sympathetic will never have hypertension.
Keep in mind that yoga and ayurveda are not preventive, but productive and creative.
Diet is passé; nutrition is in. Nourish yourself with cosmic nutrition first. I soak myself in the sun in the morning. I nourish my ears with the chirping of the birds. I taste the herbal teas and I try to touch the air and the sky with my hands. Then I nourish myself with yoga and meditation, and then prayers, love and forgiveness. I nourish myself with these cosmic nourishments first. Then I go for a healthy diet — vegetarian foods — regional and seasonal. Cleanse yourself with vegetables, heal yourself with fruits, regulate yourself with fasting, and fortify yourself with nuts, seeds, dry fruits and herbs.
My appeal to every mother and all women who are leaders of their family is that be an expression of divinity yourself. Every woman is a healer. Every woman is spiritually and mentally more powerful than a man. She is biologically more powerful and stronger. As such, females should adhere to yoga andmeditaion. They must do lots of breathing and dhyana too. Yoga shapes characters and buildspersonalities, the reason am addressing the mothers and women to become my partners in initiating this world into yoga is because I reiterate that women are born healers. And women are the harry potters of the human society. Theyhelp us shape our lives, habitat and our inner and outer environment. Family yoga should be the next big thing. Earlier it was said that family which eats together binds together , I would add further to bring a paradigm shift that family which will do yoga together will flourish nourish and prosper together. Yoga when done in groups, synchronizes the minds and hearts of all towards satvagunaas. Have you seen flocks of birds flying together,pitching, banking and diving together … this phenomenon is called entrainment. Where everyone in a group gets connected synchronistic ally. Since yoga means connecting,integrating,becoming whole, it brings about integrity to fore. Yoga helps builds characters and personalities of not just humans but of nations too. The very word asana means postures in poetry and the letter “A” means the seat of consciousness-the seed of consciousness. Every posture stimulates ourinner eco-systems in different ways creating a regenerative response from our endocrine, physiology, biology, organs and systems. Repairing, restoring, and reorienting happens. Our unit circadian rhythm aligns with the unity-universal rhythm.
Lastly I would like to say that yoga is a confluence of energies, such as Chandra-Surya, Yin-Yang, Shiva-Shakti etc. where the opposites don’t contradict or conflict but complement each other. Yoga brings you to THE SHOONYAM QUOTIENT.
Yoga is about congruence of our sacred geometry with the universal sacred geometry.
Yoga connects the pre-frontal cortex of all living beings in absolute consonance.And with yoga the resonance of all life force increases sympathy, empathy, compassion in this universe.
So my conclusion is “LET YOGAGIRI… BE THE NEW DADAGIRI”!!!
YOGA MAXIMIZED…. MANKIND MICKEYMIZED !!!