Saucha (Cleanliness)

The topic for the Satsang on Sunday, 4th August , 2012 was Sauca (Cleanliness)

Following is a translation of Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji’s speeches as reported by the students of the Teacher Training Course.
Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

“We take care of our outer cleanliness, but are negative from inside. This is why we suffer. The mind remains angry. We are not able to think correctly. The body and mind should remain pure from inside. We clean our house every day, in the same way we should clean ourselves internally. In yoga, Saucacomes under Niyama. We take care of the outside things, in the same way we keep doing this activity inside. We must always keep doing this till it becomes a habit.”

“Saucha is cleanliness. It is a very deep word. In yoga, it is the first Niyama. Sauca cannot be practiced externally all the time. We can’t keep the body clean always. Even a slightest breeze comes and you become unclean immediately. Our house also can’t be kept clean all the time. The main important thing is internal cleanliness.
Cleaning all internal organs- your intestine, stomach, etc. daily is important. Internal awareness is necessary for getting normal bowel movements. This approach is necessary. First thing in the morning, drink water and take care of personal hygiene. Along with this, bring in cleanliness in thoughts. We choose things according to our nature. Habits, thoughts, everything is related to our nature. We should remove negative thoughts.
Always think good happy things. See good in all situations, keep your mind focussed. Take efforts to keep the mind in a positive state. Internal cleanliness has to be continuous. When the mind is in blissful state, no negative things will affect you.
h It is a very strong Niyama. One has to act on it. It should be part of our routines.”
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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