NISHKAMA KARMA (State of No – Action) becomes possible only for a yogi at heart. Meditating on what is unimaginable is considered to be the ultimate sadhana. It is supposed to be beyond any conceptualisation. If we imagine light, that is also a kind of form. If the mind keeps thinking about the term ‘unthinkable’ to focus on, that is also limited in sphere. So it is a challenge, one has to overcome and the secret is that it can be attained by not pursuing anything with an intention to pursue, by becoming absolutely blank.
That is the state of ‘no – action’ in every sense (the state of Godhood) that supplies the energy for all action. Why do we need sadhana of the unthinkable ? We need the strength to pursue the most fruitful action. Ramakrishna talks about three thieves, representing three gunas : RAJAS (can make you exhausted), TAMAS (can completely destroy you ) and SATTVA (the thief that has a lot of compassion) SATTVA also guides you to the road that takes you safely home, the STATE OF NO – ACTION.
Kabir Das called this SAHAJA YOGA. If we can become completely blank even for a moment, that is the real state of GOD – REALISATION. In deep sleep, we may attain this stage. But from a spiritual point of view, this state has to be experienced when we are awake.
It is very difficult to become completely thoughtless. After remaining blank for a while, w may feel sleepy, but even then it is worth practising. The effort to make ourselves thoughtless is also an action. So, that action has to be discarded. But as a beginner, we may take some form or light and remain blank, which may ultimately lead to the state of nothingness and thoughtlessness .
A sage suggested, you may think of God’s feet to begin with, but do not try to perform anything on the feet. Just remain stable. A state will come when the feet will disappear ——- what would remain is ‘nothingness’. As one attains the state of ‘nothingness’ spontaneously, permanent peace prevails.
That is why it is said that BRAHMN is ‘unspeakable’. Even one who realises cannot utter a word about it. Buddha simply smiled and said nothing as He was asked to comment on NIRVANA. It is for individuals to experience it. Those who follow the path of sadhana and human welfare are able to perform this selflessly. Thus, NISHKAMA KARMA becomes possible for a yogi at heart.
———– Arup Mitra.
The Sutras of Patanjali cover all aspects of human life, prescribe a code of conduct to lead a life of fulfilment and end with a glorious vision to reach our full potential. Yoga Sutras begin at the very root, mind and intelligence, called CHITTA.
In the first chapter SAMADHIPADA, Patanjali analyses the movement and functioning of the mind. The second chapter SADHANAPADA deals with practise. Patanjali goes on to provide deep insight into the nature of KLESHAS (afflictions) that affect the body and distract the mind, resulting in distorted behaviour patterns of an individual.
In SADHANAPADA, Patanjali reaches out to the lowest level of the seeker who is spiritually yet unevolved. He coins the term KRIYA YOGA . Kriya means action and Kriya Yoga emphasises the dynamic efforts on the part of the sadhaka.
Kriya Yoga comprises eight yogic discipline ——— yama, niyama, asana, pranayama,pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi. Through asanas, the seeker becomes familiar with his body and sense intelligence. Pranayama gives control over subtle qualities of the elements ——– sound, touch, shape, taste and smell. Pratyahara is withdrawal of the senses and organs of actions.
According to Patanjali, Yoga is a preventive healing art, with its science and philosophy. Pantanjali also warns us of the pitfalls that may impede spiritual growth and advises us to stabilise body and mind so that we are not shattered when confronted with tragic realities of human existence.
The 3rd chapter VIBHUTIPAD, deals with attainments. Patanjali exhorts us to continue the practise of yoga so that the intelligence of consciousness and soul may be equally balanced. Then we attain the highest state of wisdom where the person exists in a perfectly ‘integrated state’. This is known as KAIVALYA. This is the subject matter of the last chapter in the Yoga Sutras called KAIVALYAPADA that focuses on ‘absolute liberation’.
Yoga is an INTEGRATED SCIENCE which alone can restore the wholeness and integrity of our divided being and lets us enjoy real well-being.
——- Nivedita Joshi (she teaches yoga in Delhi)
A Yogi walked around the room bare-footed, wearing his white robe. He was in stark contrast to his audience, who were all executives from a large corporate.
Whenever you get extra tensed, remember ———– THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
While the country is gearing to celebrate WORLD YOGA DAY, an innovation on the SURYA NAMASKAR ———- christened SAMARTH NAMASKAR by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is sitting at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) awaiting a National Launch.
Confirming that SAMARTH NAMASKAR has found acceptance with the Modi government, Union Ministry for AYUSH Shripad Naik, added, “The file is pending with us and a date for the launch of this “innovative routine” will be set on Sunday after the celebrations of International Yoga Day wind up.” Director of the finance department of PMO also told Mirror, “PM will soon be launching SAMARTH NAMASKAR through AYUSH.”
“SAMARTH NAMASKAR seems to have incorporated certain movements of the body that were missing in the traditional SURYA NAMASKAR like the Trikonasana, Marjariasana and the Virbhadrasana kriya. Since, it has been developed by medical experts, it must have been done keeping in mind the musculoskeletal system. And if there is an easy flow from one posture to another —— that is the most crucial aspect —– it should work fine,” certified Asheet Ambekar, yoga teacher who has trained under Iyengar.