Yoga

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi on the complete meaning of Yoga

by Bob Roth on May 11, 2010

During an international news conference held in 2007 from Maharishi European Research University in Holland, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi answered a question from a reporter on the widespread practice of physical yoga postures, which has become a trend throughout the world. Maharishi was asked his advice for people who practice this physical form of Yoga.

“Yoga means ‘unity’—it means living unified wholeness in the field of diversity,” Maharishi said. “My advice is to continue practicing Yoga on the physical level—but also to start and continue to practice Yoga on all other levels—mental, intellectual, and on the level of self-referral, Transcendental consciousness. On all levels, Yoga will help you to progress in every way, in every field of life.” Read more and see video

Yoga-Sutras-PatanjaliThe yoga sutra and deep meditation

by Thomas Egenes Ph.D. on August 29, 2010

While yoga is generally understood by many to be a diverse array of bending and stretching exercises that originated in India, the word yoga has a much wider connotation, and includes sitting with the eyes closed in silent, deep meditation. In India, yoga is a state of mind, not just an exercise for the body.

The primary text on yoga is called the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali. This text includes 195 short aphorisms, called sutras.

The second sutra of the Yoga Sutras defines yoga. In Sanskrit, it reads like this: yogash chitta-vritti-nirodhah. In English, “Yoga is the complete settling of the activity of the mind.” (Yoga is the complete settling (nirodha) of the activity (vritti) of the mind (chitta).) This is considered to be the classical definition of yoga.

Maharishi Patanjali Yoga Sutras, new translation by Dr. EgenesPatanjali’s Yoga Sutra defines the depth of this experience as samadhi. Samadhi is a state of mind where there are no thoughts and there is no object of meditation, where the mind is fully expanded and in a state of “pure unbounded awareness.” Although for centuries scholars in the East and West had thought of this experience as extremely difficult to achieve, our generation has witnessed a remarkable new appreciation for the naturalness of deep meditation as a result of the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Vedic scholar and sage who brought to light the technique of Transcendental Meditation. Read more

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Posted October 16, 2010 by Charles

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