Articles derived from yogacharya Sharat Arora (Anand Sagar) Teachings

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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HIYC - Patanjali Yoga Sutras part 3 Vibhuti Pada - Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora

Vibhuti Pada is the third chapter of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, which means the chapter on Progressing. Patanjali presents the three last of the 8 paths of Ashtanga Yoga. After the mastering the first 5 parts, which are: Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, the inner practice begins, described by the three states of profoundness in meditation: Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. The three together constitute Samyama (the integration practice through which the yogi vanquishes all the cognitive obscurations).

Dharana may be translated as holding, or holding steady and refers to focus or concentration. The word dhri means to hold, carry, maintain, resolve. After withdrawing the energy from the senses – Pratyahara – the mind is collecting itself and we start the journey within.

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HIYC - Patanjali Yoga Sutras part 2, Sadhana Pada - Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora

Chapter 2 of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras is Sadhana Pada, the chapter about Practice. It focuses on concrete things one can do in order to diminish and eventually get rid of obstacles, which hold us away from recognizing the true Self. Specificaly, Patanjali describes Kriya Yoga and the first 5 of the 8 Paths of Yoga (8 limbs), known as Ashtanga Yoga.

The eight ways in which one expresses one’s action are: Yamas, Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.

There are five Yamas, which are like “Commandments” of Yoga, we shall keep them in mind and follow every second of the day:
1.    Ahimsa – is a rule of non-violence in any aspect: non-violent thought, word, action towards anyone and anything. This is the most important commandment.
2.    Sattya – means to be truthful, live a life of Truth inside and outside. Forgive yourself if you haven’t yet followed it through and practice meditation to live this Yama every day. If you wear a robe - make yourself worthy of it; often those in robes tarnish the religion, modify it to their own interpretation. Religions make total sense if read properly, Yoga is a spiritual path, same as religion.  
3.    Asteya - is a rule of non-stealing in thought, word and deed – apart from not taking what belongs to someone else. For example stealing a word is misrepresenting, taking someone else’s word for your own, thus not being truthful.

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HIYC - Patanjali Yoga Sutras part 1, Samadhi Pada - Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora

In 200-300 BC, the time of Buddha, lived Patanjali, who brought to us the three subjects of Yoga, Ayurveda and Grammar. A Sutra is one bead of the necklace, and there are many beads forming the necklace. 196 Yoga Sutras gives us the whole philosophy of Yoga.

The first chapter of the Yoga Sutras is Samadhi Pada, meaning the chapter on concentration. Among topics described by Patanjali is yoga itself, principles of practice and non-attachment, obstacles and solutions for them, tools for and results of stabilizing the mind. Samadhi padha, described in 40 Sutras, provides an overall understanding of Psychology, Parapsychology and  the highest states of Consciousness.

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