Two weeks ago, I started a regular meditation class every Thursday evening, something new I am sharing with the world in 2015 after having taught yoga classes for 13 years. I felt that the time has come for me to move into the more subtle dimension of spirituality i.e. a rediscovery of our true nature, Ananda (bliss). Ananda is not joy or pleasure, it is that tranquil silent state which we experience when we have gone beyond both pain and pleasure. In short, it is the state in which both pain and pleasure have ceased to affect us.
From my experience, there are a few important understandings which can smoothen one’s journey in experimenting with meditation.
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If you were to ask someone – what is Yoga?
Immediately, the typical answer would be ‘Yoga is a physical form of exercise called asanas (postures) used to promote strength, flexibility and balance in the body’. In the modern society especially in the West, yoga has been reduced to just a physical exercise with some breathing techniques, some chanting and some meditation thrown in to create an exotic appeal. Some of the latest fads include an obsession with precision of different complex postures and a belief in the illusion that excessive loss of water in hot yoga is equivalent to a good workout. The Western society largely sees yoga as another form of stress-buster or stretching aerobic exercise. But what they are seeing are merely the side benefits of yoga. It is almost like going to a restaurant and reading the menu without tasting the food! This is so different from what Patanjali, the father of Yoga is advocating in the Yoga Sutras! The mainstream society is only able to catch the physical dimension of yoga but not the authentic body language of yoga.
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