Pratyahara

The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 31st August, 2014 was 'Pratyahara.'

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

Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra
Listen to the audio: Check this out on Chirbit Q. Please throw light on reincarnation as understood in yoga. Dr. J: It is reincarnation - something that you have seen, you try to remember. Something that happened during the day, you try to remember, that means you are re-living it. Smt. H: The Bhagwad Gita tries to explain this, that when required, God takes some form to help humanity and that is called reincarnation. As and when the time comes, every person goes to a new life after death. And if there is upliftment in one birth, in the next birth, you grow still further than that. So there is no loss of action in life. We have to pay for every action we do. Then one day the stage comes when a person is born as the embodiment of clarity, knowledge and strength and when this happens, thousands of people benefit from him/her. Q. How to get rid of the fears of the past which are deep-rooted in the subconscious mind?

The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 31st August, 2014 was 'Pratyahara.'

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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"Prati A Ru - Means go towards your own source. That is the stage. The first four stages are where you are very much into the material world, understanding it and gaining experience from it, learning to handle it. Don't get so involved in it that you may forget yourself. We understand our duty towards the external world in the Niyamas.
The whole point is that our sensory organs are continuously involved in the external world and we forget that there is something which is inner with us, called consciousness, what you may label as God.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute. Chapter 2, Sutra 18

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 2.18

Prakasa Kriya Sthiti Silam Bhutendriyatmakam Bhogapavargartham Drsyam Prakasa: lustre, brilliance, brightness Kriya: of activity Sthiti: steadiness Silam: having the nature of  Bhuta: the elements (earth, water, fire, air, space) Indriya: mental sense organs Atmakam: consisting of Bhoga: experience Apavarga: liberation, freedom Artham: for the purpose of  Drsyam: the seen The Seen (Objective World) Is Of The Nature Of Intelligence, Activity And Inertia, It Consists Of The Elements And Organs (Powers Of Sensation), Its Purpose Is Experience An Release (Of The Self) Listen to the audio: Check this out on Chirbit Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra: “We are studying what is called as ‘Samkhya’, This and Yoga , they go in combinations, it is a Shastra. See it has to deal with numbers- Sankhya. There are categories, out of them the chief is ‘Prakriti‘- matter. So we are trying to study, in good details about material life, the material world and its nature and as a result realize its insignificance and create a little distance. Otherwise we are too attached to matter. Considering that as the only thing, the most important thing, which is wrong. See matter is for us to observe, to see, once we have done that then there is no significance. It is we who see, that is important. But we forget all that. We get lost into things, get affected by them and our whole life is a mixture of pleasure, pain. So this is what this Sutra is trying to tell us about the three basics. The three basics in Samkhya are Prakash, Kriya, Sthithi. Stithi is the stablest stable thing. This table is steady. My movement of the hand is movement –Kriya- and the eyes give me the visión -Prakash. So these are the three units, and they make up my whole world. If the vision is not there nothing exists. If I’m not trying to exert, no action. If external elements are not there to provide me light, again, no progress. So there is a mixture. The material objects, the individual and knowledge. I don’t know if these things are clear.”

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 15th September, 2013 was 'Pratyahara' 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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Pratyahara is to go inwards. This is linked to our state of mind... it's a means to lean towards our consciousness, to exit the external world / stimuli by shutting down our sensory organs namely our eyes, ears, our sense of touch, taste and smell.
Our senses link our inner self with the external world. And they are functioning continuously without a break. We are always alert and aware of whats going on outside and interested to try everything, touch everything, desire to taste / to see everything that exists outside, the question to understand is, how much?

The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 15th September, 2013 was 'Pratyahara'. Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.
Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra
Listen to the audio: Check this out on Chirbit Q. How to be unaffected by the senses in this householder state? Dr. J: One easy way would be to buy ear plugs. It would save you from unnecessary talks. Smt. H: Being a householder does not mean we let go of all discipline. We must do things only when they are necessary. I always say in the pregnancy camp, when parents have a small child, the child will wake up many times at night. Now the child will need its mother as the mother will be feeding it. So the father need not wake up every time. If both wake up, both their sleep will be disturbed and they will start fighting. So the father needs to use ear plugs and sleep. Now householders should have clarity on how much each should be involved. Q. My husband enjoys food, especially one item. He wants to eat that all the time. I am saturated with eating this with him for so many years. Please advise on how to deal with this. 
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