July 2014

A special Satsang was held on Sunday, 20th July, 2014 in memory of Dr. Paranjali J. Yogendra, son of Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra. The topic of the English Satsang was 'Spirituality in Today's Times.'

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra.

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Q. What is the the definition of spirituality in yoga? Dr. J: Simplicity and hard work. Smt. H: And in whatever work you do, keep in mind that you are doing the work of God, or that you are not the doer, you are just an instrument in doing the job. This body, mind and intelligence are used to do the work. So the 'Me' and 'Mine' and 'I did' should go, then only can God be experienced.

Q. We do good things in a happy way, yet from within, we want a word of appreciation. Will we ever be able to get spiritual?

A special Satsang was held on Sunday 20th July 2014 in memory of Dr. Patanjali Jayadeva Yogendra's (15th July 1975 - 24th July 2012) birth as well as death anniversary. Dr. Patanjali was the son of Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra. He was the Secretary and Treasurer of The Yoga Institute, Assistant Editor of the monthly journal, Yoga and Total Health and also taught Samkhya philosophy to the students of the teacher training course at the Institute.

In his honour, an English Satsang on 'Spirituality in Today's Times' was conducted. It began with a beautiful presentation on Dr. Patanjali's life and personality. Followed by this, some Sadhakas of The Yoga Institute who were also friends of Dr. Patanjali, shared their memories with the audience. The teacher trainees then made an intresting presentation on the theme of the Satsang, which was followed by Dr. Jayadeva and Hansaji's thoughts on the same.

Following is the transcript of the speech made by Smt. Hansaji Yogendra on the topic.

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“I think the things were explained very well (in the Satsang). One thing is very clear that we don’t have to mix spirituality and materialism. Life is life and all these things (that were explained) are needed. And that is why it is said that we should practice the Purusharthas. Do your duty, earn money, have recreation and see to it that all the things we are doing are always with some purpose, understanding, some discipline to reach a better level of consciousness.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.Chapter 2, Sutra 25Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.25Tad Abhavat Samyogabhavah Hanam Taddrseh KaivalyamTad: its Abvhavat: lack or absence Samyoga: union Abhavah: absence, dissolution Hanam: removal, cessation Tat: that Drseh: of the knower Kaivalyam: liberation, enlightenmentIf It (Ignorance) Has Disappeared, There Is Absence Of Conjunction - The Thing To Be Avoided, This Is Liberation For The SeerListen to the audio:Check this out on ChirbitDr. Jayadeva Yogendra:

“We are using this word ‘Prakriti’, which means – ‘the creator’- matter. The matter out of which this whole universe is made. And spirit- consciousness, which has nothing to do with all this; just awareness. These are important terms which if you are learning ‘Samkhya’, you have to understand- matter and spirit. Matter is the external world. Spirit is the awareness. When the two are mixed, that is where the problem is. We are unable to understand matter as separate from spirit. So the entire exercise in Yoga is to separate the two, till a stage is reached where spirit is by itself. So this is the way the whole thing goes- learning to separate the spirit from matter.”

A special Satsang was held on Sunday 13th July 2014 to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. The topic for the Hindi Satsang was 'Guru-Shishya' (Relationship between the Guru and his disciple)

Following is the transcript of the speech made by Smt. Hansaji Yogendra on the topic.

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“We must always remain in a balanced state. If you noticed in the Bharatnatyam performance today, the dancer had a pleasant expression on her face throughout the dance inspite of having to do many turns and standing on one leg, etc. We can equate this with our life. When problems arise, we too tend to go round and round and face situations. But the Sadhana here is to maintain your balance throughout so that no matter what, we will not fall.

A special Satsang was held on Sunday, 13th July, 2014 to celebrate the occasion of Guru Purnima. The topic of the Satsang was 'Guru-Shishya' (Relationship between an Guru and his disciple)

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Smt. Hansaji J. Yogendra.

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Listen to the audio:Check this out on ChirbitQ. We are on the path of improvement but at times we slide backwards. What do we do to rise up again? Dr. J: I think the effort to rise must be checked. We have to just carry on the way that has been shown. Smt. H: Falling and getting back again is a very beautiful experience. We learn from it. Get up again and start walking again. So no problem. This happens many times, but don't worry, move ahead again.Q. Our daughter's engagement is going to break. We are very tense. What can we do?

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra
Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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5th July 2014 - Saturday - Our country's progress "It’s not bad to speak well about our country. It is an independent, progressing, new government and it's also trying hard. We should contribute our best as we can and not run it down. This should be our message."

6th July 2014 - Sunday - Brahmacharya "These appear as very simple ideas but we take them so ordinarily that we can’t put them to practice. The point is whatever we are doing let us become conscious and aware and let us do the things mindfully. The purpose and meaning or context in this can be the same. It’s worth considering such ideas."

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 6th July, 2014 was 'Brahmacharya.'Following is the transcript of the speech made by Smt. Hansaji Yogendra on the topic.
Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra
Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra
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“This topic is something which is very much misunderstood. Usually Brahmacharya is taken to mean celibacy, not getting married, to become a Brahmachari (as the word comes from there). All our saints and sages were householders. Brahmacharis were more of a sect, which was for the training of our mind. And they were living for a purpose, and so that marriage would not be a distraction for them, they had a different path.

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra
Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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29th June 2014 - Sunday - Asteya Taking things that belong to us and taking things that don't. Now unfortunately, the desire is to take things that don't belong and we feel greedy. Behind that, naturally there is this feeling that I am taking something that doesn't belong to me. And that is a feeling that keeps on growing. The other feeling that I should have cultivated is to (give) things that belong to me; do some work and let the benefits go to the other person, and like that. But we don't do like that. We hate. I know of good people who do good work and hand over the benefits to people who deserve and they don't even let others know. Many years later the fact is revealed. I would consider that as a better way of giving away rather than holding things that don't belong to me, but to which I falsely try to hang on to."30th June 2014 - Monday - Artha "Dharma , Artha . Kama, Moksh, these are called as the purusharthas. In the human mind they are set, so they keep on working; we want more money and then more. How to use it is nobody's concern. So we have this very important word, Artha."