Renounce ignorance, not the world

Once a sincere seeker asked an enlightened master, Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam: “Dear master, is it necessary to renounce the world to realize the self?”

Bhagawan replied: “To realize the self, there is only one thing you must be willing to renounce, that is ignorance.”

He explained that self-realization has nothing to do with renouncing the world. To run away from the world is just as bad as clinging on to it, in both cases, it is evident that the world is controlling your actions. Aversion to the world is as much a product of ignorance as attachment to it. They are just two sides of the same coin.

A person can live in a cave, in the mountains, and be obsessed with sansar (worldliness), while another can live in the world and yet to be completely detached from its pull and push. To take sannyas (renunciation) is not to renounce the world, but to renounce both attachment and aversion to the world. The very same life, when it is seen through the mist of ignorance is sansar and when it is seen in the clear light of self-awareness, becomes sannyas.

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Evolve Your Body-Mind Through Yoga

Do you know that our original state is that of bliss (Ananda)?

In that pure original state, we are the embodiment of intelligence, love and bliss. However, many of us have forgotten this original state and we seek many other things in life such as material possessions, name and fame and power which only lead us in the wrong direction filled with intense suffering. It is our ignorance which is responsible for all of our powerlessness and sufferings. We already have enough energy and power, what we lack is knowledge (Gnana).

Time and again, the enlightened masters, sages and rishis, who happened on planet earth, constantly remind us to the truths that we need to evolve our body-mind to realise our original state of being. Patanjali, the sage who compiled the Yoga Sutras, warned us of the deeper truths about ignorance.  He said that Ignorance is the cause of unawareness of purusha (consciousness) about its real nature. Ignorance is the cause of identification of consciousness as matter, matter as consciousness and responsible for all the sufferings we have in our lives.”

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Get Out of Laziness Pattern

Do you know that laziness pattern makes you shrink in life? Are you aware that laziness brings diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, even cancer to your physical body? To the seekers, do you know that laziness is considered a spiritual disorder?

In March, I started a new yoga module called “Creating Health Consciousness” and I made the students identify some of the mental patterns which stopped them from enjoying good health. One of the patterns which the group identified was “Laziness”. My guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda spoke about the laziness pattern elaborately in many of his discourses. So I decided to research more on the laziness pattern and enrich humanity with the right understanding from the Yogic perspective in this article.

Firstly, let us define laziness.

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