Category: Meditation

Zen Bull Story: A journey of discovering our true being

A Zen bull story illustrates self-realization/enlightenment or experiencing trance/thoughtlessness during meditation. Each person will decipher this story as per his own understanding.  Each seeker goes through a different path and experiences. It is never identical to another person’s story. But understanding the meditation concept through Zen bull narrative was simply an exhilarating experience to me. This picture format account is interesting and easy to understand the complicated phenomenon of enlightenment/self realisation/turia state. What exactly happens when self realisation takes place. How do you feel going into trance mode? How being enlightened makes the difference to worldly life? Each person on a spiritual path seeks these answers diligently. This ten Zen bull story attends your curiosity delicately.  Guo-an Shi-yuan (also known as Kakuan Shien), 12th century monk, elaborated a traditional Taoist story with 10 images along with descriptive verses. His version of the story became very popular as it was easy and impactful.The ten pictures along with its verses used here are taken from the Reps’ book. However, these pictures are scribbled by me taking clues from the popular version of the story.  According to our Rishis consciousness can be experienced in four states: waking, dreaming, sleeping and turiya. The fourth state is  our true nature as per Jnanis–we feel pure bliss and experience universal consciousness. Each yogi’s ultimate goal is to experience the fourth state. The zen bull story...

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Imbibing true sense of yoga is need of the hour

Yoga is not only about complicated asanas done in tight clothes. When you are wearing comfortable cotton clothes and performing sukhasana, it is yoga only. The International Yoga Day (June 21) is creating more buzz and awareness about yoga. More and more people are getting aware of the emotional, mental and physical  health benefits of yoga. The world Yoga day celebration  snippets across the continents give us the glimpse of the wide reach of yoga.  It is so heartening to see people talking and practicing yoga these days on a larger scale. Being from Yoga Fraternity, it feels great preparing yourself for a Yoga Day session. This is like Festival-cum-opportunity-responsibility for the Yoga Teacher. As an Indian, we are very proud that our land is the source of yoga. But very few yoga followers are aware of the true essence of yoga.    Understanding the extensive definition of Yoga would be a real celebration and tribute to the age-old system of yoga. It is not necessary only  if you  teach yoga, you should know the principles of yoga. As a Yoga student and considering yourself the brand ambassador of India (Every citizen is the ambassador of his country), it is important that we should know what yoga exactly has to offer us. The best way is educating yourself with the basic  Yogic  Philosophy. The simple understanding that yoga is...

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Navel: A cosmic connection

“You may be right but my gut feeling says that I shouldn’t trust that person.” Does this statement sound familiar? Most of us take decisions through brain logic. Many times we make wrong decisions with the help of rational mindset. But the decision taken out of gut feeling, most often turns out to be right. What’s this gut feeling? And from where does it arise? This gut is nothing but your navel plexus, called nabhi in Sanskrit.   According to Hatha-yoga-pradipika there are 72,000 nadis in the navel center so it has a very close connection to nervous mechanism. It is considered as the second brain in modern physiology. Our journey in this world starts from nabhi. When we come out of mother’s womb, we are connected to our mother through an umbilical cord which works as the nutrition carrier for us. Fear fills this region as soon as this umbilical cord cut at the time of birth. So since birth, fear arises in this region. It’s the seat of our emotions and energy. We feel the fear in our gut, nabhi. That’s why we use phrases like butterfly in my stomach to describe panic. You have to develop abhay—fearlessness–It helps you to listen to your second brain’s voice which works closely with the heart. This voice is also known as intuition or the sixth sense. Yoga Sutra, yoga’s...

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Seven Chakras: Science Explains Spirituality

We feel fresh and energetic post the practice on the yoga mat. That’s the way one should feel after yoga session. There is scientific explanation behind this secret smile on our face. The release of happy hormones like oxytocin, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine during your yoga practice boosts your mood without any special reason. What stimulates the flow of hormones during the practice? Hormones can stream comfortably and joyfully with a better flow of energy in the body. The asana and pranayama practice works as the fuel to your body, allowing your energy to travel more freely and quickly throughout the body. The positioning of seven chakras in a human body, in the spine, was confirmed by ancient yogis when the concept of modern science was not even conceived. We will surprise to know that all seven chakras are located close to seven major endocrine glands, which regulate levels of essential hormones in our body. It shows the great understanding of body mechanism on yogis’ parts. Our energy body (Pranamaya Kosha) is one of the five bodies of us. Prana means breath which equals to pranic energy. According to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, our presence is not limited to our physical body (Annamayakosha) but we have four more bodies— Pranamayakosha (Energy Body), Manomayakosha (Mental Body), Vijnanamayakosha (Intellectual Body/Wisdom) and Anandamayakosha (Bliss Body/ Consciousness)—five sheaths overlapping each others...

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