Dr. Jayadeva on ‘Physical Culture v/s Yoga Education’ at the Satsang, 6th Jan, 2013

The topic for the English Satsang on Sunday, 6th January, 2013 was ‘Physical Culture v/s Yoga Education.’

Following is the transcript of the speech made by Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra on the topic.

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

“We unfortunately are interested in only the physical culture. This (yoga) is a total culture, and that attitude will help us in the physical culture only. Just merely jumping on a machine and seeing if the weight has gone up or down or looking into the mirror to see how we look, that is not enough. See, the entire approach to life, trying to seek out the meaning and to live every moment in joy, that’s a different culture. It would help more. You see, ours is a materialistic kind of culture. We are interested in money, we are interested in show, we are interested in power, all that. And that deflects – That doesn’t take us to something that is more important, and that is ourselves. In the present times the emphasis has been given a lot on appearance. In Indian culture, one is interested in one’s own person and then the other things. Maintaining a peaceful mind, creating faith and belief, these are important things and we are least concerned with that. You see, if we have these kind of values, then the other things will come.

We are interested not only in food, not only in show, not only in the external body, we are interested in the whole person. That attitude has not come. On the contrary, we are moving away from that. And that is why we are spending more time and money on these less important things. Just merely decreasing the weight a little or making a little better appearance of the body would not last. What would last is if there is a change in your outlook. If you are internally at peace; that would immediately influence the entire system. Just think.”

Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.
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