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Yoga – Q&A

Q. What is Yoga?

A. The process that helps unification, OR, that which facilitates union.

 

Q. Union of what?

A. 3-principal entities…Body, Mind & Soul (Spirit) of any individual person.

 

Q. Are not they already united in a person?

A. No! They reside in the same home called “person” but stay disunited mostly.

 

Q. Can you explain, or elaborate?

A. Is your mind always at where your body is?

 

Q. Not so?

A. No! If so why and how can accidents occur or confusions happen?

 

Q. Is not the brain always in the body…united with it?

A. Yes! Brain is an integral part of the body…the hardware!

 

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The core tenets of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)

Yama & Niyama are the first 2-stages of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali

The 10 Yamas – Restraints or Proper Conduct

  1. Ahimsa …………………or Non-injury
  2. Satya ……….. …………or Truthfulness
  3. Asteya ……….. ………..or Nonstealing
  4. Brahmacharya ……….. or Sexual Purity
  5. Kshama ……………….. or Patience
  6. Dhriti ……….. …………or Steadfastness
  7. Daya ……….. ………….or Compassion
  8. Arjava ……….. ………..or Honesty
  9. Mitahara ……….. ……..or Moderate Diet
  10. Saucha ……….. ………..or Purity (Hygiene)

The 10 Niyamas – Observances or Practices

  1. Hri ……….. …………….or Modesty
  2. Santosha ……….. ………or Contentment
  3. Dana ……….. …………..or Charity
  4. Astikya ……….. ………..or Faith
  5. Ishvarapujana ………….or Worship of the Lord
  6. Siddhanta Sravana …….or Scriptural Listening
  7. Mati ……….. ……………or Cognition
  8. Vrata ……….. ………….or Sacred Vows
  9. Japa ……….. ……………or Incantation
  10. Tapas ……….. ………….or Austerity

How simple they sound and how difficult they are! Are they truly difficult? Anything you are not accustomed to – appears difficult. For a person who has not even seen a swimming pool or pond before – swimming appears difficult. Familiarity removes the fear and makes it easy. Then, once a person starts familiarizing with the above – they progressively become easy and practicable.

MSR Ayyangar

Visishta Nirvachana Vaani

Visishta Nirvachana Vaani means … Superior voice of definitions!

Master Ekkirala Krishnamacharya (Master EK) is one of the greatest Sanskrit – Telugu – Englishscholars and also one of the “Saint-Masters” of our time from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. I happened to live very near (a minute’s walking distance) to where he lived in Guntur during my boyhood and teenage days – absolutely oblivious to the fact that I will be venerating him one day – in my later part of life.

Master EK had authored many books in varying subjects, lectured and taught people – on Sciences, Yoga & Spirituality. I have studied quite a few of them, heard his recorded speeches on variety of subjects with great interest – learnt a lot and benefited from that learning. For this benefit obtained by me – I owe my debt of gratitude to my close childhood friend – Shri Vavilala Umapathi (S/o Shri Vavilala Somayajulu – a contemporary and a very close friend of Master EK) who supplied me with the books and CDs of Master EK from his personal Library.

Mandra Gita & Shakharavam are just two of many books that have flown from the ocean of outpourings from this great Master EK.  His daughter Smt. P. Lakshmi Devi, picked up some important and very useful definitions from the above two books to present them in one lot – for the benefit and convenience of those who seek greater clarity in understanding the ancient philosophical scriptures. “Visishta Nirvachana Vaani” is probably the smallest booklet written and published in Sanskrtised Telugu and flowing from the very own daughter of this great “Man-Institution”. This booklet encapsulates in a nutshell most of the clarity needed on definitions of words in order to comprehend clearly (without the normal confusion) the essence of – Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and Bhagavat Gita.

Those who have studied Indian scriptures to some extent and understand at least some words of Sanskrit but have no full clarity on them (due to lack of clarity of definitions) – will get greater clarity form these “Capsules of Wisdom”.  For the benefit of the English readers (who cannot read Telugu original) – I am attempting this transliteration (plus very little of translation) from Telugu to English. I have tried to preserve to the best of my ability – the original flavour of Master EK’s style and that of Smt. P. Lakshmi Devi – which is inimitable for its precise brevity. This is done so – notwithstanding the fact that it is extremely difficult to totally convey the complete, extensive and voluminous meaning of what is said in Sanskrtised Telugu into another and grammatically different language like English – with the same or identical precision & brevity.

I had gone occasionally – beyond the “strict script” in my transliteration – wherever I thought the additional information given in brackets is essential to ensure the conveyance of the full purport to the English reader – to help proper understanding. I also kept the Sanskrit words bold for easy noticing with their English meaning given in the brackets – for quick references later. Here are 224 Invaluable Gems of definitions (Delivered in some form of axioms or aphorisms) – each one containing the equivalent “substance-content” of a text book – if only to be elaborated for simplification or for elucidation.

These Nirvachanas (Definitions / Axioms / Aphorisms – call what you may) are individually capsules of wisdom and also clarifications by themselves. They have been picked up at random only from the 2 books of Master EK’s works. They are not organized in any particular order to establish or accomplish any kind of connectivity serially – or in accordance with any predetermined flow as you proceed sequentially. This will be similar to a dictionary that is not alphabetically organized – but meanings clearly defined.  Hope the readers will benefit as much as I did – reading the original Telugu works of Master EK.

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Anatomy & Physiology of Pain

Life is all about “Survival”.  No matter what you do – it is always for the purpose of momentary survival –or- to enhance future potential for survival.

Primary cause of pain is enforcement. This can be internally self-imposed, or externally imposed by others. An enforced compression (blow) – or- enforced expansion (pull) on any body part can cause pain. Similarly on the mind too!  If a capable person is given lesser position of responsibility – it amounts to enforced compression and thus the pain. Similarly if an incapable person is given heavy responsibility – if amounts to enforced expansion and thus the pain again.

Pleasure is pro-survival.  Pain is contra-survival.

Hence all our conscious actions are directed towards obtaining pleasure and avoiding pain. But our sub-conscious instincts drive us and misdirect us towards pain – as a result of confusion – while actually seeking pleasure.

Pain is inevitable in life – as life is dynamic. But sufferance is optional. Read the rest of this entry

Deep similarities & congruity between Veda & Scientology

Scientology is the most advanced phenomenon that LRH evolved from Dianetics. The word Scientology literally means “the study of truth.” It comes from the Latin word “scio” meaning “knowing in the fullest sense of the word” and the Greek word “logos” meaning “study of.”

Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life. The Scientology religion comprises a body of knowledge extending from certain fundamental truths. Prime among these:

Man is an immortal, spiritual being. His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime. His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized — and those capabilities can be realized. He is able to not only solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but also achieve new, higher states of awareness and ability.

In Scientology no one is asked to accept anything as belief or on faith. That which is true for you is what you have observed to be true. An individual discovers for himself that Scientology works by personally applying its principles and observing or experiencing results.

Through Scientology, people all over the world are achieving the long-sought goal of true spiritual release and freedom. Read the rest of this entry

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