Yoga For Health

•November 22, 2008 • 3 Comments

Hi, this is for the first time you’ll get some valuable tips in this cultural blog which will make your life happy and stay you fit. The best way to get it is “Yoga“. Yoga derives its philosophy from Indian metaphysical beliefs.Yoga focuses on harmony between mind and body. The ultimate aim of this philosophy is to strike a balance between mind and body and attain self-enlightenment. To achieve this, yoga uses movement, breath, posture, relaxation and meditation in order to establish a healthy, lively and balanced approach to life. If you want to practice yoga in your home, then here are some tips for you:

Yoga for peace.
Yoga for peace.

1. First of all you have to find out a suitable place to practice in your home and need a quiet, open space to spread the mat. Try to practice on hardwood floors because the softer surface might cause injury to your joints.
2. The most appropriate time for practicing Yoga is in the morning. It is the time when the mind is calm, composed and fresh and the body movements can be performed with considerable ease and vigor.

3. You have to pick a time to practice yoga and be sure that you choose a time when you will not be distracted or will not be bothered. Finding the time for yoga seems to be the biggest challenge and a main reason people choose to practice at home.
4. After setting up your yoga space lay out your yoga mat and assemble any props you will use during the session. You may set your mood to dim the lighting or may light candles.
5. A towel can used to wipe off any sweat, as well as to soften the mat during certain positions. Keep a bottle or glass of water near your yoga mat.
6. Follow a regular yoga routine. Most yoga classes start out with stretching before moving to positions requiring more strength. Each position is also followed by an opposite pose in order to keep the body in balance. Your home practice should follow the same basic pattern.
7. Make a commitment to your home practice by making it part of your daily routine. Try to set up a regular schedule for your yoga practice. If you are doing one long session a week, you can supplement it with 15 minutes of yoga every day.
8. It is better attending a few yoga classes before you start practicing at home. You should learn the fundamentals of breathing and technique before you attempt to learn on your own.

Benefits of Yoga: The most important benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. The aging process, which is largely an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning, can be slowed down by practicing yoga. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration. Yoga at India has a great significance in the process of making yoga popular world wide.

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Hindu Life.

•October 18, 2008 • 1 Comment
Aum sweet Aum

Aum sweet Aum

Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. It is very difficult to separate living and religion in Hinduism. In this article we try to understand the philosophy hidden behind this beautiful and noble concept of human life. Culture of a community or a State or a Republic in general and a group of people in particular believe in one aspect of universal truth which is evolved on a specific cult and that cult is invariably based on usage, belief and traditions prevalent for many years or say centuries in Hindu-life.

Jagannath cult exercises unique influence over the socio-religious life of Hindus. During the Ganga and Surya rules, Jagannath, so to say, became the state deity. Jagannath cult is an amalgamation of diverse religious cults like tribal religion, Brahminical religion, Buddhism, Saivism, Saktism, Tantricism and above all Vaishnavism. Lord Jagannath holds a unique place not only in the history of Orissa, but also in the lives of its people. To the millions of the Hindus of Orissa, Jagannath is their nearest kith and kin. But the origin of Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of the holy city Puri, around whom the religious life of Orissa has evolved from hoary past has been shrouded in myths and legend. Analysing the legendary association of Jagannath with a class of aborigines called Sabaras, the peculiar nature of the wooden icon of the deity and his associates, Balabhadra and Subhadra, and association of a class of non-Brahmin priests called Daitas who are presumed to be of tribal origin with the worship of the deity, some scholars hold that Jagannath was originally a tribal deity.

The worship of Lord Jagannath in Orissa, as is described in the preceding paragraph, has led to evolution of distinct culture which is usually described as Jagannath culture. Jagannath culture believes in universality but not in sectarianism. Lord Jagannath as we know now is the God of masses, but not of individuals with individual choice and thus naturally Jagannath culture has been observed as a mass culture. People of diverse faith with their distinct social backgrounds have worshipped Lord Jagannath as their own. From the foot prints of the ageless cultural heritage in India and abroad, we find that tribal (original inhabitant of Orissa), Dravidians, Aryans, Orthodox Hindus, Jains, Buddhist, Sikhs, various sects of Hinduism i.e. Vaishnavites, Saivites,Ganapatyas, Saurays, Shaktas have reposed their implicit faith in Lord Jagannath according to their belief.

The Jagannath culture from time immemorial preaches the word of love and peaceful coexistence among the human community. The character of culture is generosity and endurance and coordination. No culture or religion in whatsoever manner in whatsoever places is equal to this composite concept of Lord Jagannath. Lord Jagannath is worshipped throughout the world because he is generous and kind to all. He is looking at great and small, rich and poor, ruled and ruler, Brahman and Chandal with an equal eye. In this look, there is no question of caste, creed or religion, no place for egoism, aristocracy nor any place for communalism. Here worshipped and worshipper are equal and as such their separateness vanishes which is symbolized in embracing of Lord Jagannath by a visitor during Ratha Yatra. Lord Jagannath symbolizes universal love and humanism. Myths, history and legends mingled over centuries and have formed a composite culture of Lord Jagannath. He is not only the Lord of Hindu or Indian, but also the God of entire humanity. Let his blessing be endowed to each inhabitants of entire Universe.

Sri Jagannath Culture: In Yogic Ethics

•August 16, 2008 • 6 Comments

The Indian yogic system has reached its culmination in the unique culture of Lord Jagannath and this in its turn is rooted in what may be called ‘Purusottama consciousness’, otherwise known as Sri Jagannath consciousness. The Sri Jagannath cult comprehends everything divine and transcends all barriers of caste, creed, colour, religion and race just as the oceanic tradition of Indian yogic culture does. Although the devotees belong to different religious disciplines and follow their typical ecclesiastical practices, Sri Jagannath cult promises them all a shadow of religious cover under all-embracing nomenclatures of Purusottama, Parambrahmaand Paramatma.

Neelachakra,Srimandira,Badadanda

Neelachakra,Srimandira,Badadanda

In the temple of Puri, Lord Jagannath is worshipped as Lord Vishnu, the remover of sins and giver of mukti or salvation. So the Lord is worshipped as Yogiraj and He is seated on ratnasinhasana in samadhi stage, like Buddha. Lord Jagannath symbolises Paramatma (The Supreme) and His devotees are symbolised as Jivatma (self). So the union of Lord Jagannath and His devotees is the ideal state of highest realization. In Yogasatra, the definition of yoga is mentioned as: “Jivatmaparmatmanoh Sanjogah yoga ityuchyate.”

In the Patanjali Yosasutram, yogi Maharshi Patanjali has defined “Yogaschittabruttinirodhah” as meaning yoga is the process which keeps the mind quiet, thoughtless and silent. Yoga teaches us how to keep the instruments of the soul, that is physique and the vitals, to be strong, healthy and affective. The natural body can be kept by natural processes, which are the fundamental base of Indian yoga. This is the age old realized truth of our Indian yogic culture.

Sri Jagannath culture also contains every aspects of this yogic ethics in its fold. So an aspiration of Sri Jagannath culture can get every benefit of the greatest yogic culture of Indian soil. In the temple of the Lord, Tulasi Prasada if taken on an empty stomach, can cure tonsil, cold and asthma, etc. and also works as a strong preventive for different diseases. Arati of the Lord helps for proper digestion of devotees. The bathing water of Garuda, the vehicle (vahana) of Lord Vishnu, symbolised by a pillar in the Jagamohan, works as a medicinal dose for the fever. Chandana (sandal) in the temple cures small pox, measles etc. These are the natural treatments granted to the devotees of the Lord.

Meditation in yoga gives mental peace, mental wisdom, mental concentration when a devotee sits on Nishatala, a place in front of the temple of Sri Sakhigopal in the Srimandira premises, where open air of the environment touches the body of the devotees. When a devotee compares between the Satvik customs and amorous postures (Mithunamurti) carved and fitted on the body of the temple, at that time his mind completely achieves Satvik thoughts and is filled with divine realisation. These erotic sculptures also symbolize the world of virtues and vices. It is necessary to know what is the Apara world of Maya and Satvik, Rajasika and Tamasika beings and the trigunatita of Supreme consciousness. This is also a yogic method, which is an ideal and scientific method to understand the illusion of the world and to know the highest world of cosmic consciousness. It is called the life of devotion or Bhakti Yoga.

Sri Jagannath cult teaches us to be free from all attachments and greed for food. The Lord being served 56 pauties of bhogas, He does not keep Himself attached to any such material objects of enjoyment. He is Bhabagrahi, not Bastugrahi, as He is tight-lipped and closed mouth. This is the example of complete dedication and a part of Yogic activities. The big and opened round eyes of the Lord speaks to the world that he grants Abhaya to save the world and the devotees through perfect Laya Yoga, thus the Lord teaches us to remain in such a conscious state throughout day and night.

Sri Jagannath is the Pranava Omkar Purusha. Pranava is a set of five elements: Dandakam, Kunadali, Tarakam, Ardhamatra and Vindu. These five elements are imagined as Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra, Mother Subhadra, Sri Sudarsana and Ratnasinhasana respectively. Omkar signifies a set of three main elements such as A, U and M. These three elements represent the names of the Trimurti, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. So it is mentioned in Sanskrit Shastras: “Akare liyate Brahma Ukare liyate Harih Makare liyate Rudra Pranava tu Prakashyate”.

‘A’ means lower region (Brahma or Subhadra), ‘U’ means higher region or heaven (Vishnu or Sri Jagannath), and ‘M’ means middle region or earth (Shiva or Balabhadra). Subhadra is a power Paramatma or Sri Jagannath, who unite Jiva on earth or middle region with Param (Sri Jagannath). So Subhadra is called Yogamaya.

In Yogic tradition, from the lower region Subhadra awakes Kundalini in sleeping position on Muladhara Chakra on the earth and on the head of Balabhadra towards the state of heaven (Sahasrara) or Sri Jagannath, there is the state of salvation. So Sriksetra, or Land of the Lord, is sacred and is the land of Paritrana or emancipation.

Infinite energy is at the disposal of man if he knows how to get it and this is a part of the science of Yoga. The sacred land, where there are faculties to unite self with the Supreme and devotee with the Lord, and where there are images of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra to pour influence of their own ideology on the millions of their devotees, that land is called as Srikshetra or Yogapitha. So Sri Jagannath is the Supreme and His land is super and sacred, a paradise of beauty, a heaven of peace and tranquility.