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Abhyasa – Path of Discipline

We have to light our lamp. No one will come and help us even our beloved guru. Guru can only show the direction it’s we who have to walk the path. All individuals have to take up the responsibility to walk in the path of yoga.
But always a doubt arises that is this right path or can I do it. We don’t know what’s there in the Destination until we walk that path.


We all are born with that spark within us. We all are fully equipped. We just need to discipline ourselves. Discipline is not a prison. It simply means practice.


The scripture says that we all are both with the capacity to unfold ourselves and reach a state of tranquility where we can see and understand things as they are. In the current situation, all our minds are clouded with wrong and confusing data from the external world.


In Yoga Sutra it’s mentioned, Atha yoganush-asanam, it means that if we want to unfold ourselves, we first should learn to discipline ourselves. People are afraid of the word discipline. Discipline is not a punishment. You will enjoy it once you know it. Discipline means self-commitment. When you commit yourself to your progress, then slowly you will find that the light is within you. And when you find the light within you, you will be the source of light in many lives.

Fear

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Nature has given a wonderful system to all human beings which help in not getting into trouble and that system is called “FEAR”.

But the same system has become our enemy in most of us and it’s preventing us from living a courageous life. When fear starts controlling us and makes us paralyzed it no longer serves the purpose of protecting our life but actually it stops us from achieving full human potential.

Most of the time if we sit and examine fear, we usually find it is based on our own imagination. And we deepen it by repeating it again and again. Fear creates insecurity in one’s life, which gives birth to mental imbalance and in turn influences our behavior. 

The most powerful and might be the only way to face fear is to face it.

Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real

Yoga beautifully explains how one can be fearless. The root of all our fear is ignorance. The Yama’s and Niyama’s of Yoga sutra will really help us to fight the fear if implemented with discipline


Let us know what is that you fear and how you plan to overcome it.

Ahimsa – Non-violence

Ahimsa - Non Violence

Ahimsa means nonviolence ( non-killing, non-hurting & non injuring). But yogi doesn’t stop the meaning of non-violence to physical terms. They take it to the level of thought, action, and speech.

Since all our actions are once a thought, all our non-violent actions are first born at the thought level. Violence at the level of mind has got some serious implications on both body and mind.

Ahimsa teaches us how to avoid these implications consciously. Only strong people can practice ahimsa. By not performing violent actions and not having violent thoughts, one is left with a choice to express his love to the whole world.

Ahimsa is not merely non-killing. It is a perfect harmlessness and positive love. It is to abstain from the slightest thought of harm to any living creature. The practitioner must abandon even unkind looks. There is no excuse or exception to the above rule. Harsh words to beggars, servants or inferiors are himsa (cruelty). To fail to relieve pain or trouble in another is negative himsa. To approve of another’s harsh actions is also against ahimsa. So practice ahimsa in its purest form.


Ahimsa is the first to come in the list of Yamas (1st limb of Ashtanga). This comes first because to start the journey of Yoga we have to remove the brutal nature and become a loving human being that’s the basic quality of a Yoga Student. If a student is able to make the difficult most asana but get’s angry for the smallest thing then he/she should think whether they are really on the path of Yoga?

Let us know how you are practicing Ahimsa.