Special Column — Yoga


Yogi Ashwini          

The basis of yog is Patanjali Ashtang Yog which is not being taught anywhere these days. Ashtang yog was given by Patanjali Rishi, avtar of sheshnag. He had given Ashtang Yog for kalyug. The base is the 5 yamas. It means the 5 yamas become the basis and before thinking about anything in yog we first need to think about these 5 yams. What are these yams, what are we talking about actually.

Satya- Truthfulness
Truth that doesn’t hurt others. This definition is absolutely right. But the state of satya should be complete- inside and outside. The one who follows the yam of satya he cannot suffer an untimely death. Because he is all the time in truth, He never lies for anything. He is not lying to serve his own interest, not betraying anybody (kisi ko dhoka nahi de raha).When such a state is reached neither he fears nor he can ever have an untimely death.
In fact the first 2 siddhis of yog are in yamas. What we call vak shakti- what you say happens and avyakt se vyakt mein lekar aana, ie, manifestation of thought. These are the 2 basic siddhis. If a yogi wishes that he forms a political party and becomes the prime minister and he is not able to achieve it... then he is not a yogi- there is no doubt about this at all. Whatever a yogi wishes, only a thought should come in his mind that 'I have to do this', then nobody can stop that from happening. It will happen. This is the shakti of yamas.

Asteya- non-covetousness
Business is based on a idea that somehow just take something from somebody and give back as little as possible in return. That is, it is based on the theory of profit maximisation- give as little as possible and take as much as you can. Basically fool others. So those who do not follow asteya, which means they are not following the 5 yams, which clearly means that coming into yog is a little difficult for them till the time the sthiti of asteya does not come. I know it is a little disheartening, but what I can tell you is that if you keep the thought of non-covetousness inside you, then its siddhi is that there is no such thing, which you want and you don’t get it. There is no such thing which is durlabh for you. It is you who think that if I don’t go to my shop or to my office today, if I don’t plan strategy’s then nothing will happen. No. It will happen on its own automatically, there is no theory or philosophy or technique for it, and if it is not happening then something is wrong in you or your Guru otherwise no-one can stop it, once you get a thought.

It does not mean keeping bare minimum. What it means is non- collection. Because the more you collect, more is the mental tension. This is why in earlier times, everything was left as soon as you touched the age of 50.
A Yog Guru never plans- that I have to make a big hospital or this or that. Because there is no need to do it when you have got oneness with the consciousness then there is no difference in kisi ka ya tumhara. Because everything is at your call, whatever you require it comes to you, so what is the need to make something or collect anything. But this does not mean that you cant spend- there is no limit on expenditure on something. For instance if you feel like staying in a 5 star suite and you think this is against aparigraha. No its not. 
Whatever stops, rots;what is kept in flow becomes amrit. The difference is between stagnancy and flow. What you have collected in your lockers- that is stagnancy, it has stopped. The properties you have collected, which are not required- that has become stagnant-you have stopped it. That will never let you come to the sthiti of aparigraha and those who follow aparigraha, the siddhi for that is, constant growth, which means that even if you want to stop, it will not be stopped. If you say I wont do it, from somewhere it will come to you automatically against your wish. This is the siddhi of aparigraha, even if you don’t want still it is coming.
So it works the opposite. In fact, this is a law of nature- What you run after that will always be 10 steps in front of you, and what you turn away from that will start chasing you.
So this is the sthiti of aparigraha – constant growth, unlimited growth, it has no limits (to be continued).

—The writer Yogi Ashwini Ji is the head of Dhyan Foundation, Delhi.
For Details contact: ashwiniyogi@yahoo.co.in

March 2012

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