Definition and different kind of Yoga
“Yoga means annihilation of the Ego by control of senses. Yoga implies separateness
Yoga means poised and balanced so that success or failure does not upset you in the least. You are your own curtain and only when ‘You go’ can you come. The only solution is Love.
If you seek to live perpetually, then crave for the death of your deceptive Self at the hands of complete surrender to the Master. This yoga is the essence of all yogas.
No yogi can gain eternal freedom or emancipation, even though he might have reached the highest yogic state of samadhi through his practices, because sanskaras (bindings) are still there and all ties have not yet been snapped. But the easiest and safest way to lose one's self is by completely surrendering to the Perfect Master.
Prayer and meditation are two sides of the same coin called yoga of silence.
To follow the path of the true yogas (karma, dnyan, raj and bhakti) is the remedy for the uprooting of this heritage of evils derived from past impressions, expressed by constant actions and sustained by the continual formation of new ones.
True Yoga means detachment from world and leading of life of total renunciation or self-abnegation.
Yoga means control, which is more difficult than cutting off your arms and giving up your eye.
When ‘You go’ (annihilated) the love for God the Beloved comes. You come (emerge) as you really are.
In karma yoga one tries to lose ones "self" in selfless service for others; in dnyan yoga one tries to lose one's self in contemplation and meditation. In raj yoga one tries to lose one's identity with the individual self and establish identity with the Universal Self by aiming, through constant mental poise and non-attachment, to be in the world and yet not of it. In bhakti yoga one tries to lose one's self in devotion to God. Even in these yogas, only when the zenith is reached can the individuality of the lower self be lost yet consciousness remains.
Three types of Yogis
- Those who long for the Goal and shun powers
- Those who long for the Goal and also for powers
- Those who do all yogic exercises merely for powers
Yoga in broad sense is path or way to proceed toward God realization. There is only one true yoga-You go
There is only one true yoga and that is 'you go.' The meaning of yoga is as simple as that. I know of no other yoga than “You go.” You are your own curtain, and only when you go can you come. The problem is how will you go? The only solution is love. When you 'go' (annihilated) through love for God the Beloved, you 'come' (emerge) as you really are."
Yoga can bring benefit in physical and mental health, but cannot reach to final state of God-realisation without help of Avatar or Perfect Master
Seeker to progresses on the spiritual path through devotion and Love under the discipleship of a Perfect Master or Avatar gradually goes through all planes and finally gets realisation by his Master. This is easiest, safest and surest path to way of God realisation which is the final goal of every human soul.
A yogi with his own effort (without help of Perfect Master) can rise spiritually up to 6 th plane of consciousness but cannot go beyond that unless he comes in contact of a Avatar or Master who is God-realised. For instance:
Shri Aurobindo. Previously, he was a political leader like Gandhi. When he got the breeze of spirituality, he left everything. He did not care for politics. He did not care for independence of India, and he did not care for the world. He cared only for God. And because he got the longing for God, he went on progressing and progressing on the spiritual path. He progressed up to sixth plane. But further progress is not possible without the grace of the Perfect Master or the Avatar. Aurobindo was experiencing the effulgence of God everywhere, and this state was just like that of a 'fish out of water.' A state of great longing, rather, infinite longing for the union with God. Ultimately, My grace fell on him, and he became One with God.
Nowadays, there are many yoga ashrams. People think that yogas help in their spiritual progress. Actually, your physical health yoga can help in, but not spiritually. If you come into contact with a real yogi, you can make spiritual progress, but it is very, very difficult. This progress is from the back side, and it is very dangerous.
No one is advised to make an attempt to awaken Kundalini
According to Meher Baba: “Pre-mature awakening of Kundalini is fraught with dangers of self-deception as well as misuse of powers.
The Kundalini enables man consciously to cross the lower planes and it ultimately merges into the Universal Cosmic Power of which it is part. Ordinarily Kundalini is the name of power latent in the individualized soul.
The awakened Kundalini cannot by itself take anyone to seventh plane. When awakened and directed under the guidance of some great yogi, it can give many rare experiences which have both advantages and disadvantages. The awakened Kundalini is helpful only up to certain degree after which it cannot further progress. It cannot dispense with the need for the grace of a Perfect Master.
For one who is in contact with Avatar or Sadguru, yoga is meaningless
When one is in contact with a Sadguru, yoga is meaningless and totally useless. What is the use of fasting for even a hundred years to attain God? What is the use of dying a physical death for God? Just remember My one instruction: remain bowed – submit to My wish. You have to become like the dust beneath My feet.
Do not desires occult powers; they are obstacles on the path. Take a spider, for instance, it is all right as long as it remains still, but the moment it starts weaving a web, it gets so entrapped it cannot free itself. The more it tries, the more it gets entangled, caught in its own web.
Biography of Avatar Meher Baba
Avatar Meher Baba (1894-1969) declared Himself as Avatar of the age, He was Zoroaster, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Mohammad and now he is Meher Baba. He was recognized as Avatar, by five Sadgurus of time, Hazrat, Babajan, Sai Baba, and Upasani Maharaj & Narayan Maharaj. He remained Silence for 44 years till dropping His body; He contacted about 20000 advance (God-intoxicated) souls in remote places and gave them spiritual push. He demonstrated His motto of “Mastery of servitude” by helping and washing, bathing clothing poor and lepers by his own hand and took over suffering of universe. Book, “God Speaks” dictated By Him in silence reveals the mystery of Universes (Journey from God to Man and man to God)
Meher Baba’s directives
Do not shirk your responsibilities. Attend faithfully to your worldly duties, but keep always at the back of your mind that all this is Baba's. When you feel happy, think: "Baba wants me to be happy." When you suffer, think: "Baba wants me to suffer." Be resigned to every situation and think honestly and sincerely: "Baba has placed me in this situation." With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others. Any kind of meditation, yoga renunciation and austerities is not necessary for My lovers. Try to remember Me constantly. Come all unto Me. be resigned to my will and hold fast to My Daman”. Be above party politics and should bear malice and ill-will toward none.
Meher Baba does not advocate any rites or rituals unless it is done with pure heart and all sincerity. “Love God and become God. In order to love God love Me. I am the God personified”.
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