Weekly Update: Talks on Yoga by Dr. Jayadeva (16th-21st June 2013)

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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16th June 2013 – Sunday – Santosh
“A man who has contentment is always happy. He doesn’t run after more and more. others might call it less, but for him it is enough. Great men in Indian history were all contented. Raja (King) Janak did not think of starting a war for more and more territory. He believed in God and he believed in the situations that would always do good to him. All his life he was very happy. Tilak, Ghandiji, all are the examples. They were able to do a lot. Contentment towards property, towards family, towards money, towards relations, towards situations, all this is required. There is a recent example in our Couples’ Class, a young man came, handsome, nice, good looking and a well placed person in life. And the person with whom he got married, she was practically blind; they got married, and came to know only later on in life. But he had accepted that if they both are there together -fine, and he was totally contented. He didn’t think of anything else, never objected to anything in life and they are living very happily. Whatever you are, God always provides everything. Just live within that.”

17th June 2013 – Monday – Upeksa
“See Upeksa is a Sanskrit word, not craving, but keeping away. See these desires are strong, and we want everywhere these desires to be satisfied. But they don’t get satisfied and you are sad. So if you honestly examine your life, throughout the day, unhappiness is there and it carries on everyday. To live in balance, is a word that we hear in this place but we don’t believe in it, there are so many arguments, and we enjoy the ups and downs, when we are very much down we are very much disturbed , very sad, but that’s our life. Yoga wants us to cultivate consciously this feeling , of remaining balanced and realizing the nature of this world, accepting it as it comes, sometimes pleasant , sometimes not. Its a thinking that we have to examine and see if we can apply it in our life.”

18th June 2013 – Tuesday – Bhagwad Gita 4.25-4.28
“Here we have a series of Shlokas – how the people who are devoted to one object, just like Devas being respected and they were considered as God and then we have got those higher than them – Bhraman and then they speak about the various organs – ears, the Indriyas (sense organs) and these again end in the Karma, finality with the Prana. So we have just in a series, each thing merging in something higher. The highest of course is self study. Just devote yourself to the study of yourself. The other studies are taken up by the lesser persons for certain power, pleasure. There is a section that comes in the Gita to tell us how people with different desires, they take to different kinds of Yagnas. Of course, the highest is interested only in the Brahman and is thinking about Him all the time and that is leading to knowledge (Jnana). So it is a paragraph that tells us about meditation step-by-step and helping to reach higher and higher levels. So during the discussions this point also has been put, that its not just one object, there are many objects with variety of results. Depends on what you choose.”

20th June 2013 – Thursday – Brahmacharya
“The topic is Brahmacharya. Now this word makes many to smile because we don’t consider this as important, we make fun. We believe we cannot follow it, possibly it was never followed, but in systems like yoga it is the central Sphere. It means control, if you can’t control yourself- you can’t control anything. We have missed that and we believe in enjoying. Enjoy to the best and leave the rest. So this requires a little thinking- whether control is really required, how to control in this world which is full of excitements and pleasures. A little thought daily can make a big difference, it can change our life. We can start that today, this idea of self control.”

21st June 2013 – Friday – Yoga Sutra 2.4
“In the Yoga Sutras, we are discussing about overcoming pain and ignorance. And the beginning is ignorance. We are ignorant about ourselves , about the universe and we carry on mistakes all our life and survive. Then to overcome this means yoga, and yoga requires hard discipline. So this is the way the sutras have been introduced and we have to carry on understanding it bit by bit.”

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1 Comment
  • Meera Vyas
    Posted at 02:37h, 23 June Reply

    I am enjoying to reading the talk.its give me broad perception in the life.give me peace.l start observing myself where am I going wrong.thank u dr saheb.and hansaben.my pranam to them

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