Articles derived from yogacharya Sharat Arora (Anand Sagar) Teachings

Yoga is not about flexibility or strength

Yoga is not about flexibility or strength which is what most people understand about Yoga. Yoga is about peace and freedom. By being caught up in the pursuit of flexibility and strength we direct our energies in a goal which involves accumulation. And everyone knows that there is no limit to how much one can want. Than the pursuit of power, wealth are a similar attraction without end. Therefore we must devote our time to renunciation - which is surrender - rather than accumulation. For most of us the giving up of things is a threat to social norm.

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Daily Yoga Practice

When one lives in a city it is very important to be fully present in oneself at all times. Otherwise one gets blown away like a straw in the wind, thrown here and there, yet nothing comes out of it. Japanese people are quite famous for this, going on a trip to see a whole country in a week. Think about it, how much can they really explore by constantly moving from one place to another. Within us there is an infinite power but one needs to be well grounded, rooted like a tree for any growth to take place.

When you practise yoga it is crucial to be intelligent about it and understand the whole practice. There has to be an awareness about why we do certain things in a certain way.  Also one needs to recognise its own needs instead of just copying others.

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About Love

“The Prophet” has been one of my greatest Yoga books. Sometimes it has affected me even more than Krishnamurti's words. “The Prophet” is great because you read just one fragment, put it aside and then even if you fall asleep, you fall asleep with what you have read. This is “The Prophet” speaking to us about love.

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him.
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
As the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

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About the Faith in Life - Totality

Some people think that their freedom is in trying out everything that there is. The one who is trying is the one who is not happy with one thing, therefore he will check another one. For example, I never try out all these restaurants around here, I don't need to because I am content with my food. I will seek something else if I am not happy with what I have. And I may think that to try out everything is my freedom, so I go and look at some many different things. And in all that time I spent on trying out, I could have focused on one thing and deepened my knowledge or experience.

Also, when I try out things naturally I see some validity in them too. At the end of it all there is a big confusion because I have seen validity in so many things. When I actually want to do something for myself, there are so many points that seem important that I don't know any more which point I should take and work on. I end up confused and that means energy-less. Because I cannot put myself into what I do and I don't have faith in it, nothing works. Thus the master key to a success is faith. If you don't have faith in who you are and in what you are doing, you are a lost being who will not get anywhere.

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On the Direction in Life

When we lead our lives without awareness, we are not fully present and since our energy is not focused, the results of what we do will be also lukewarm and uncertain. In life we always have to choose the direction, whether we go one way or the other. Let’s say, that I decide to walk one path and then start doubting if I have made the right choice. At that time my energy, my presence in whatever I am doing, will be diminished. Then I come to the next crossroads and again I doubt: “Have I taken the right turn”? In the end, when I am halfway through my life, I realise that everything I did before was a mistake, but by then I'm running out of petrol, I have no more energy. It is a tragic picture, yet this is how most people lead their lives.

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