Yoga of faith– Union with Self
Shraddha/Faith – the antidote for failure
The human connection with faith is Yoga with Faith!
Today everything in this world is based on faith and belief. Every one of us might have different theories for all aspects of life, including religion. These theories again are based on faith.
Our ancient Yogi gurus say religion is not only based on experience from past, as no man can be religious until he has some perception himself.
As per Raj Yoga, the aim of all sciences is to find a unit out of which all this manifold is being manufactured. Yoga proposes to start from the internal world, to study the internal nature of human, and, through that, control both the internal and external world. It is a very old attempt. India has had its special stronghold, but it was also attempted by other nations. In India for various reasons, it fell into the hands of persons who destroyed 90 percent of the knowledge and of that portion which remained tried to make a great secret.
It is true India is still considered the best place to learn & practice yoga and meditation due to India’s rich spiritual, cultural yoga values, flora & fauna which is best suited for Yoga. Every year millions of yoga enthusiast, beginners, yogis, experts, trainers and people who want to practice or learn yoga from scratch travel to India from all parts of the earth. India has thousands of teacher training schools, academy, ashrams, ayurvedic study colleges & is world’s best destination for an affordable yoga retreat.
Yoga is still known as the practice of good for 5000 years, it helps to calm your mind, rejuvenate, detox, feel fit & young, healthy and stronger. Whether it is traffic, noise, busy life, work pressure, failure in relationship, worries of future, the stress of past, irresolvable issues, lack of focus, lack of flexibility in body, over/underweight, medical problems, depression, lack of confidence or faith there is just one solution YOGA
Patanjali yoga sutra talks about doubt, doubt which arises in a yogi about the practice
An unshakeable faith in the result of Yoga and its methods for its successful practice. Such faith is needed in achieving success in any line of endeavor. In the divine adventure which we have undertaken the objective is unknown and there are no clearly defined standards by which we can judge and measure our progress.
Doubts of various kinds are therefore liable to arise in our mind.
- Is there really any reality to be realized or we are merely pursuing a mirage?
- Are the methods we are using really effective?
- Are those methods the right methods for us?
- Do we have the capacity to go through all the obstacles and reach the goal?
It is at these times that we need Sraddha(faith)— unshakeable faith in our objective, in our self and in the methods which we have adopted. It may not be possible to avoid these periods of depression and doubt especially in the early stages but it is our behavior and reaction to them which show whether we have true faith or not. If we can ignore them even though what we feel about them, we come out of the shade into the sunshine again and resume our journey with renewed enthusiasm. If we allow these doubts and moods to interfere with our Sadhana(practice) and relaxes our efforts, they acquire an increasing hold on our mind until we are completely side-tracked and abandon the path altogether. Hence faith is the base for practicing yoga or simply to connect to yourself.
The power of attention of our mind, when properly guided, and directed towards the internal world, will analyze the mind, and illumine facts for us. The powers of the mind are like rays of light being dissipated; when they are concentrated they illumine everything.
Bringing of mind into a higher state of vibration starts with Samadhi, the super consciousness.
The state of Samadhi is achieved by regular practice of meditation, there is no rule or guidance or steps which we can follow to reach Samadhi while meditation, in fact, it is the faith, faith to our inner world, faith to our belief system, faith to lord we worship. It is a complete surrender to our self, to the God in us
The state of Samadhi comes through faith, energy, memory, concentration, and discrimination of the real.
To start practicing is to find a quiet place in our home or anywhere in our world.
One of the best ways is taught by Swami Vivekananda
Sit in a straight posture, and the first thing to do is start with a powerful mantra; mentally repeat:
“Let all beings be happy; Let all beings be peaceful; Let all beings be blissful. So do to the east, south, north, and west.
The more we do that the better we will feel our self. We will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. After doing that, those who believe in God should pray — not for money, not for health, nor for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish.
Then the next thing to do is to think of our own body, and see that it is strong and healthy; it is the best instrument you have. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak; throw away all weakness; tell our body that it is strong; tell our mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in our self.
Yoga is faith in our self and our faith is yoga!
– Susheel Kumar Pandey, DGooDTriP India.
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