Eko sd vipra bahudha vadanti
(truth is one but defined differently by saints and sages for ages).
Basically, Yog is the merger of individual soul to Divine, the means or
kriyas adapted to reach this ultimate goal are called applications of yog or
yog sadhan and the dedicated and devoted practice undertaken under the
tutelage of spiritual master is called yog practice or yog sadhna. This yog
sadhna enables one to know the self and finally blend in to ultimate. This
realization ensures liberation from all kind of sorrows and stay in eternal
bliss -- beyond life and death.
Yog in true sense is a state of going
beyond body and mind and joining the individual energy with the cosmic
energy. It is a merger and becoming Sindhu (ocean) of a Bindu
(drop), a small molecule blending in with the absolute. And this is the
reason, why great yogis of Indian tradition have always been applying the
holy mantra of OM (the cosmic sound), which is more strong than Bomb.
Yet, it is sweetest and away from any destruction. Similarly, the mantra Soham
(merging Ahem i.e. ego in to So i.e. the absolute)
explores the sure possibility of growing and turning an individual into
Practically speaking, yog aims at balancing and harmonizing the body, mind
and emotions and it is gained through practice of yaam, niyaam, shatkarm,
asaan, pranayam, mudra, bandh and meditation. Spiritual masters or Gurus
of great Indian Yog traditions have been transmitting application of these
great mantras with proper technique to work effectively deeper into the
subject or the Yog learner to invoke divinity hidden and lying
deep due to darkness of ignorance within him. It is the technique of Yog
that infuses in to the day to day life of a yog aspirant and brings a
dynamic change in his life style and his approach towards life.
Yog works at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels all
together. Yog sadhna reflects on our outermost part the physical body as the
balance gained through yog sadhna is experienced at different organs,
muscles and nerves because it brings the different functions into perfect
coordination. The same is the case with mental and emotional levels.
Interfractons of everyday life lead the man to stress, tension and fear
resulting in to phobia and neuroses etc. Applied yog develops awareness of
the inter relation among the physical, mental and emotional levels. Such
application of yog leads the yog enthusiast away from darkness of vices,
pains, sufferings, worries and sorrows and decorates him with the bright day
light of positive thinking, divine living, paramount joy and blissful state
of mind. It is an easy, sure and the only way to overcome the mental
impurities that lead an individual to physical impurities in form of
sickness. It is already established that the man peaceful, positive,
transparent and delighted at mind always stays healthy and has got no reason
to suffer from complicated ailments.