Discourse on Bhakthi Yoga: Day 2

Sri M (Sri Mumtaz Ali), Founder-President, Satsang Foundation, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, will be delivering a discourse at Sri Prasanna Parvathi Kalyana Mantap, Kalidasa Road, V.V. Mohalla, today at 6 pm.

Mysore, Sept. 10 - Given the limitations of linear thinking, it is difficult for us to have direct communication with the Lord, He being in abstract form, observed Sri ‘M’ on day two of his four-day discourse on Bhakthi Yoga (chapter 12 of Srimad Bhagavadgeetha) on Sunday, September 8 at Sri Prasanna Parvathi Kalyana Mantap here, a programme jointly sponsored by Vijay Foundation, P.R. Hariharan Memorial Charitable Trust and Star of Mysore (city’s English eveninger). However, it is possible to overcome the difficulty even for normal human beings through constant practice (Abhyaasa Yoga), Lord Krishna enlightened Arjuna, Sri ‘M’ added. The Pandava wizard in archery was further told by the Lord: I will lift those who have abandoned all the fruits of their actions and worship Me as the sole refuge from the ocean of life bound by death, the speaker explained.

If you are unable to do constant practice, be intent on doing all actions for Lord’s sake and you will attain perfection, Lord Krishna told Arjuna. The agency for such actions is the Lord Himself, Sri ‘M’ remarked, adding that the benefit of the actions come to the devotee in the form of peace of mind and happiness,.

We cannot argue that there are no eyes because we cannot see our own eyes (except in the mirror) although we perceive every thing through our eyes. Similarly, proof of the Lord is that He is witness to everything, Sri ‘M’ explained.

Drawing an analogy between Abhyaasa yoga and Pathanjali’s Yoga Shastra, Sri ‘M’ delineated the following eight components of Ashtaanga Yoga.

1. Yama-Niyama (Rules to be followed by a Yogi, such as moderation in sleep, diet, entertainment and so on);
2. Ahimsa (eschewing violence to other beings);
3. Aparigraha (simple living including non-acceptance of gifts, which come always loaded with aspirations);
4. Brahmacharya (any activity that leads to the Brahman, a state of life not necessarily confined to physical activities);
5. Aasana (posture, based on fact that muscles that contract and loosen subsequently bring more energy to the body and mind);
6. Praanayama (An important part of Abhyaasa yoga. Regulating the function of breathing, recommended in cases of inability to concentrate. There is a link between breathing and mind);
7. Pratyaahaara (capacity to withdraw oneself from any situation at will by Yogi. Mind behaves according to the way it is trained);
8. Dhyaana- Dhaarana- Samaadhi (Attention on one thing to the exclusion of others through meditation.

Freedom from distraction of any kind, state of super consciousness).

Day 3

Source of happiness and misery is within a true Yogi- Sri ‘M’

While one is reciting Gayatri Mantra during thrikaala sandhya (morning at sunrise, mid-day when shadows begin to elongate and evening at sunset) balancing praana and apaana maximises the effect of chanting, observed Sri ‘M’ while delivering his third day’s discourse on ‘Bhakti Yoga’ of Chapter 12 in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. This chapter provides an opportunity for venting public voice while the other chapters mostly present the divine message from the Lord addressing Arjuna, the speaker explained.

Lord Krishna, elaborating on His guidelines to Arjuna, tells him: ‘If abbhyaasa yoga (constant practice of worshipping with full concentration) is not possible, you can do all your actions for my sake and dedicate yourself to selfless service in your day-to-day life.

We practise many rituals such as bathing in the morning, lighting the hearth, offering worship to the Lord, cooking food (as prescribed by Manu) and so on. It is more important to understand why we are performing the rituals. Still more important is to practice dhyaana marked by fixed attention and not chanting simply by rote. Surrender yourself to me in love, not worrying about the fruits of your actions for endless happiness and peace, was Lord Krishna’s message to Arjuna, explained Sri ‘M’.

Self-control under all circumstances, not getting disturbed while confronting difficulties in life and being friendly and compassionate to all as well as being free from possessiveness without arrogance (attitude of who do you think I am?) are the qualities that distinguishes a true Yogi from others, the speaker explained, citing the real life example of Pava Hari Baba who lived in a cave near Ghazipur, whose only possession was his Kamandalu without coveting anything.’

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore