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                      Issue: 40

                      June 2020
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योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ||

(Yoga Sutras 1.2)

"When one is in the state of yog, all misconceptions that exist in the mutable aspect of human beings (chitta) disappear."
From the Editor's Desk

Dear RKT Family,
Summer is here, and getting away for a week or even just for a few days is what we yearn for, especially during these troubled times. We think that sunbathing on the beach of an exotic island, or lazily cruising in a ship along the coastal wilderness, or any vacation brings happiness. However, many research studies show that after the vacation, happiness quickly drops back to basline levels for most people, and for some, the holiday itself turns into the  most stressful time. This is because we cannot extract peace and happiness from tourist destinations, instead; we need to embark on an inward journey. The best journey is measured in joy and smiles, not in miles.
Therefore, step aboard for a journey to peace and joy with the JKYog International Festival of Yoga! We feel blessed to invite you to join us for this worldwide, week-long, free, online holistic event from 20th - 26th June 2020.
Yoga - An Inward Journey
For eons, we have been seeking joy in every activity. This yearning for joy or happiness stems from the fact that we are tiny parts of an ocean of bliss. This one supreme source of bliss is referred to by different names in different traditions as God, Allah, Yahweh, Bhagavān, so on and so forth. The Vedic scriptures repeatedly inform us that God is an ocean of unlimited divine bliss. The Taittirīya Upaniṣhad for example proclaims: ānando brahmeti vyajānāt (3.6) "Know God to be bliss." The scriptures emphasize that the infinite divine bliss is the nature of God's personality, and the yogi, who absorbs the senses, mind, and intellect in God, begins to experience that bliss. Here is where the ancient science of yog comes into play, uniting the individual soul with the Supreme, which results in eternal joy and bliss. 

Yoga has definitely become a global phenomenon, but often, in the name of 'Yoga,' only physical exercises are taught. The word 'Yoga' does not exist in the Sanskrit language or in Vedic scriptures. Actually, the word is 'Yog,' which means 'to unite.' In this context, it means to unite the individual soul with the Supreme soul. This union can be achieved by elevating, purifying, and focusing the mind lovingly upon God. Without the purification of the mind, the soul's hunger for happiness or joy remains unaddressed. Furthermore, an impure mind becomes a nest of disease and illness.
The Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, an ancient scripture, tells a revealing story about the mind-body connection from the pastimes of Shree Ram. Lord Ram once undertook a tour of His kingdom, to personally observe the condition of His people. Moved by their suffering from diseases, he asked his preceptor, Maharshi Vasiṣṭha, "Guruji, what is the cause of disease?"
"Ram, disease begins in the mind. When we harbor poisonous thoughts, the Manomaya kośh (mental sheath) gets disturbed. This agitates the Prāṇamaya kośh (vital energy sheath). That disturbance manifests in the Annamaya kośh (physical body) as disease,' replied Maharshi Vasiṣṭha."

Therefore, if the mind is neglected, the ancient science of yog that is revealed for the nourishment and evolution of the humankind will be incomplete and only partially effective. The physical āsans certainly open the doorway to yog, but the ancient science goes deeper than just the physical postures. While the yogāsans give direct and tangible benefits by bringing the bodily parts into perfect coordination, meditation upon God cleanses the mind, bringing a feeling of peace and contentment within. The different prānāyām practices largely contribute in the expansion of prānic energy. The mudras (hand gestures) seal the body, preventing dissipation of bodily energy and enhancing the feeling of joyousness. 
The yogic system addresses our personality in all its aspects - physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual. It helps manifest the divinity that lies hidden within the inner recesses of human personality. It ultimately takes us to the sublime goal of the human journey, which is the union with the Supreme consciousness. Since that Supreme is the ocean of joy, the union leads to joy. In that joyful union, by the purity of mind, we perceive everyone with equality of vision, and cognize the existence of God in this world through His glories that shine forth everywhere and in everyone. In that state of mind, every endeavor is consecrated to the divine. And when we start leading the life in divine consciousness, with the mind yoked to the divine, every aspect of our life becomes joyful. Not merely the joy from external sources, but the inner joy held in divine consciousness. Joy equipoised and uninterrupted either by success or failure, by deprivation or abundance. And it is attainable through JKYog.

Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog (JKYog) incorporates both material and spiritual techniques, based upon the timeless sciences of the Vedic scriptures. It is a complete system of Yog which includes five Vedic disciplines for mind-management and exemplary physical health:
  • Radhey Shyam Yog Asans
  • Radhey Nām Prānāyām
  • Subtle Body Relaxation
  • Roop Dhyan Meditation
  • Science of Proper Diet
The techniques of JKYog have been practiced by true yogis in India for centuries. JKYog is special because each of its five sciences is practiced with focus on purifying and elevating the mind through tools of spirituality. This gives a deep satisfaction and experience of bliss at the level of the soul. If practiced sincerely, JKYog leads to the harmonization of the mind-body-soul, resulting in a feeling of wellbeing from within, and the attainment of true Yog, or union of the consciousness with God.

Wellness for Life

The Garud Puran also defines Yog as "The Union of the soul with the Supreme." An important element of the practice of yog is prānāyām. H.H. Swami Mukundananda ji says that prānāyām is twenty times more beneficial when compared to yogāsans alone. It is a deep breathing technique that harmonizes the body's energy leading to tranquility. One of the most beneficial is the Anulom Vilom Prānāyām. Here are the steps:
  • Sit comfortably in any meditative asan or pose (e.g., sukhasan or padmasan) keeping the head and spine erect.
  • Place the left hand comfortably on the knee or your lap and bring your right palm closer to your nose.
  • Place the index and middle fingers gently in the center of your eyebrows.
  • Let your thumb hover over right nostril and let the ring finger hover over the left nostril. Keep the little finger slightly folded. This is called Nasagra Mudra.
  • Then, press the right nostril with your thumb and inhale a long breath of air through your left nostril. Breathe deeply so the chest expands. You can say the name "Radhey" in your mind as you inhale, to invoke devotional sentiments. 
  • Then, press the left nostril with the ring finger and release the thumb from the right nostril to breathe out all the air. It should contract the chest. You can say the name "Krishna" in your mind as you exhale, to maintain devotional sentiments.
  • Follow steps 5 and 6 to continue alternate breathing. Inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril, using the thumb and ring finger to close and open the respective nostrils. Try your best to breathe in and out both equally and rhythmically to balance the flow of energy. 
  • Inhaling through the left nostril, exhaling through the right nostril, and then alternating to inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left, will complete one cycle of Anulom Vilom Prānāyām. For full benefit, you can breathe in and out for 10-20 cycles.

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