YOGA FOR LIFE
Taught by Brahmrishi Shri Vishvatma Bawra Ji Maharaj
Compiled and Translated by: Bramhvadini Krishna Kanta Ji (M.A.B.T. Gold Medalist)
Edited By: Swami Brahmrita Parivrajka
(Not Complete, this is a short intro)
is very interesting that many westerners think of Yoga as just part of a
complex path to self-realization developed in India 5000 years ago and
officially known as Hath yoga. The asnas ( yogic exercises ) is just a small
part of practice of yoga. In its entirety the practice of yoga is taught by
Acharya Brahmrishi Vishvatma Bawra ji in the book of "Yoga for Life".
Bawra ji has explained the importace of learning Hath yoga, the proper
breathing while doing the asanas and also the knowledge of getting
in touch with realself (bodh) through meditation.
There are various ways that have been
discovered and prescribed by the various experienced yogis of India to realise
of serenity, calmness, peacefulness,
and blissfulness in ownself. Acharya Patanjali - the main seer and proprietor
of yoga has instructed Ashtanga yoga (eight limb yoga), which comprises-
physical, mental, and vital exercises and practices related with personal and
social life of the practitioner, e.g. yamas are connected with social contacts,
niyamas with indvidual life. Asnas and pranayama are the exercises for the
purification of the physique. Dharna and Dhyana are the exercises of the mind.
Samadhi is the last objective of the practice. Having a firm, constant practice
with complete faith, eagerness and deep devotion under the guidence of a
capable yogi, the sadhak (practitioner) can achieve ultimate reality.
-Bhagavad Gita 9:13-14
But truly great souls seek my divine
nature. They worship me with a one-pointed mind, having realized that I am the
eternal source of all. Constantly striving, they make firm their resolve and
worship me without wavering. Full of devotion, they sing my divine glory.
In the presnt volume "Yoga for
Life" Acharya Shri has stated that yoga (unificatioin and communication
with one's ownself) is utmost necessity of life. On the basis of his personal
experience, he has given in a simple way of yoga practice, adopting which one
can fulfill one's daily duties well and following the same, attain the
perfection ( the Ultimate End ) of life. Knowledge and love are the base of the
success of yoga, so the practitioner should practice yoga with love in the
light (guidance) of knowledge.
There are many aspects of Hath yoga of
which I will mention only (1)Pranayama (2)Yogic Asanas (3) Meditation(Dhyana).
PRANAYAMA:Please sit down calm, quite, and comfortably with back-bone straight in the
lotus position,facing towards the east. Imagine sitting on a Globe surrounded
by Divine energy. Inhale softly the air with the feeling that divine Supreme
Energy is being filled inside. Keeping the lungs full, remain on
"jalandhar bandh" ( a yogic method of blocking the force of breath by
fixing/touching the chin on the collar bone). Retaining the same positioin,
meditate upon tht Supreme self. After awhile, thinking that the bad and dirty
impressions are washed away, exhale the breath, retain it outside for awhile,
then come into balanced position. Repeat the whole process three to eight
times, as convenient. The practitioner (sadhak) should never put unnecessary
force in the practice of pranayama. This means the exercise of pranayam should
be learnt and practised slowly, gradually and softly.
ASANAS: Now after doing a few exercises of kunjal, neti, dhoti etc. helpful in
the purification of the systems of stomach, nose throat and intestines etc. you
should practise a few yogic asanas (physicaal postures) on a covered surface,
in a clean and calm atmosphere. These physical postures give a wonderful
balance to the physical structure. Here are a few asanas.
Standing straight, balanced with joint
heels and open toes, raise your hands up, joining the thumbs together, throw
the breath out (exhale). Inhaling the breath, lifting both the heels up, stand
on toes. Stretch the body up as high as possible. Feeling strained, the body
should be relaxed. Exhaling the breath slowly, come to an easy, straight
position. This exercise should be repeated three times.
SURYA NAMASKAR- ASANA: The posture in
which the feelings are attached with the salutations to the God "Sun"
(the riser, inspirer and nourisher of the universe).
posture of suryanamaskar, is only one asan consisting of ten poses and actions
that compensate many asanas.
A)In order to perform it, first of all
stand straight, raise both hands upwards. Breath in, stretch the body up as
high as possible.
B) After exhale, bending at the waist
slowly, try to touch your feet with your hands. The knees should remain unbent.
Inhaling slowly, come up again in the same straight standing position. This
process should also be repeated three times.
1) Now with relaxed hands by your
sides, stand at ease. Again inhaling, bring the folded hands in front near to
heart. Bow the forehead in front and salute the Sun God.
2) Now lifting the forehead up, the
breath should be inhaled into lungs and gradually raise the unfolded hands
straight towards the sky.
3) Retaining the breath inside, bend forward
at the waist, bring the palms towards the feet and place the open palms on the
floor. Here in the bending position, while bringing the face near the knees,
the retained breath should be exhaled out.
4)Now remaining in the same position,
the right leg should be stretched backward. Standing on the right toe of the
stretched leg, rest on the bent left foot very softly. Holding the breath in
the salutation should be done to the Sun God.
5) Now in the same position, keep the
palms on the floor,bend the head backwards looking upwards.Stretching the left
foot also backwards, keep both the feet equally stretched backwards then bring
the feet forward. Now while standing with palms on the floor along your toes
straight and balanced, stretch the body free. Bring the knees smoothly on the
floor, the belly should remain lifted upward, exhaling the breath out. The
chest should be rested on the surface, the nose and forehead should touch the
floor. This pose is called sashatang pranama i.e. (the posture of the
salutation with all the organs of the body).
6) Now resting the belly on the floor,
lift the chest and head upward. Inhaling the breath resting on knees and toes,
then gradually lifting the front half of the body upward, bend backwards,
stretching the front nerves so much as you can see the back space up.
7) After that bringing the face in
front, lift middle part of the body upwards, stand like a bow on the palms and
toes bringing the head between the arms, stretching the back nerves, so much
and the lower backspace can be seen.
8) Now after that bringing the right
foot between the palms, resting on that pose, lift the hands and salute to the
God Sun. Keeping the palms again on the floor, bring the left foot also between
the palms. Stand half bent on the balanced feet and palms.
9)Inhaling the breath smoothly in, come into the straight standing position.
This is the posture of Surya namaskar.
The posture of Surya namaskar balances
all the nerves, which rectify the respiratory system, activate and make the
blood circulate smoothly. So it is very effective in making the physique
healthy, handsome and stout. This asan should be practised three to five times