Yoga Philosophy

One of the great epics of early Indian literature, The Bhagavad Gîtâ is considered by many as one of the most popular texts among the world’s scriptures,. Its popularity is demonstrated by the fact that, next to the Bible, it is perhaps the most widely translated of scriptural texts. This scripture is suited for the entire humanity, irrespective of a person’s religious or ethnic background.

The Gîtâ is said to be the Revelation given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, in the battle field to help him resolve his mental conflict. It was then put in the present form by sage Vyâsa.

In India, ever since the great Shankarâ wrote his commentary on it, many eminent scholars of the vedanta philosophy have given their interpretations of this exemplary text. The interpretations of the text were not only done by ancient Indian thinkers, but many leaders of modern times have also taken it as a text for expounding their noblest thoughts. They include books such as Tilak’s Gîtâ Rahasya, Aurobindo’s Essays on Gîtâ and Mahatma Gandhi’s Anâsakti Yoga show the continued preference and admiration for Gîtâ over centuries.

The Gîtâ’s tremendous appeal lies in the fact that it deals with practical problems of Life, and contains lessons that we can follow to resolve our day to day conflicts.

Yoga Philosophy begins with your inner spirit.  Getting in touch with your spirit is the true goal of Yoga and is a natural progression when your mind quiets and you look within to the inner wisdom that surfaces from the deepest aspect of your being.  To connect with your soul is to consciously ask yourself questions that go to the heart of your being and human experience.  Although we all have the tendency to connect with roles, objects and relationships in our lives, yoga encourages us to go deeper and look within ourselves finding that inner place that is beyond external anchors and restrictions in our lives.  Here you will find your essential nature, the source of all energy and creativity in life.  Once you are able to tap into the ultimate essence of who you are, your life will more easily move into a grounded, joyful, meaningful, and carefree existence.  

In the Upanishads, crown jewels in the Vedic body of early literature of India,  and secret and sacred knowledge and perennial sources of spiritual guidance there is the expression, “You are what your deep, driving desire is.  As is your desire so is your will.   As is your will, so is your deed.  As is your deed, so is your destiny.” 

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