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Titans of Yoga – a magical journey of self-discovery and transformation

TITANS OF YOGA featuring 25 Modern Masters of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. The Official National Yoga Month DVD benefiting Yoga-Recess in Schools

TITANS OF YOGA takes you on a magical journey of self-discovery and transformation. Learn how the greats of yoga and meditation transformed their biggest challenges in life into their greatest victories.

Featuring Dr. Dean Ornish, Lilias Folan, Kim Eng, Bryan Kest, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Dharma Mittra, John Friend, Rajashree Choudhury, Gurmukh Khalsa, Swami Kriyananda, Beth Shaw, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, Seane Corn, Larry Payne, Deva Premal & Miten, Vinnie Marino, Lisa Walford, Krishna Kaur, Saul David Raye, Sara Ivanhoe.

Posted by: Rob Elings

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."

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  5. Pracetana dasi says:
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    The disciplines of the Yoga system was the basic foundation to self realization, in previous ages. Patanjali’s system, the opening up of the chakra’s, breath control, sattvic diet and meditation on the supersoul, were practiced in Satya Yuga. In Satya Yuga people lived for thousands of years, and dedicated themselves to strenuous practice under severe conditions.

    I was recently reading in a Purport of Srila Prabhupada’s in the SrimadBhagavatam, that in this present day and age, Kali Yuga, it is very difficult to control the mind by the system of yoga. Arjuna told Krsna, it was impossible for him to do it.

    In Srila Prabhupada’s ” The Perfection of Yoga”, the chapter entitled ” Yoga as Rejected by Arjuna” he states:

    “yo yam yogas tvaya proktah
    samyena madhusudana
    etasyaham na pasyami
    cancalatvat sthitim sthiram”

    Translation: ” O Madhusudana, the system of yoga which You have summarised appears impractical and unendurable to me, for the mind is restless and unsteady.”

    Prabhupada:..”This is important. We must always remember that we are in a material circumstance wherein at every moment our mind is subject to agitation. Actually we are not in a very comfortable situation. We are always thinking that by changing our situation we will overcome our mental agitation, and we are always thinking that when we reach a certain point, all mental agitations will disappear. But it is the nature of the material world that we cannot be free from anxiety.

    Our dilema is that we are always trying to make a solution to our problems, but this universe is so designed that these solutions never come.

    Not being a cheater, being very frank and open, Arjuna tells Krsna that the system of yoga which He has described is not possible for him to execute….In the meditational yoga system the mind is controlled by focusing on the Supersoul, that is the whole purpose of yoga. But Arjuna says that controlling this mind is more difficult than stopping the wind from blowing…. Arjuna was such an intelligent man that he could understand Bhagavad-gita within one hour…Are we then to assume that what was impossible for Arjuna in a more advanced age is possible for us in this degenerate age? We should not for one moment think that we are in Arjuna’s category. We are a thousand times inferior. Moreover there is no record of Arjuna’s having executed the yoga system at any time. Yet Arjuna was praised by Krsna as the only man worthy of understanding Bhagavad-gita. What was Arjuna’s great qualification? Sri Krsna says, ” You are My devotee. You are My very dear friend.” Despite this qualification, Arjuna refused to execute the meditational yoga system described by Sri Krsna.

    What then are we to conclude? Are we to despair the mind’s ever being controlled? No, it can be controlled, and the process is this Krsna consciousness. The mind must be fixed always in Krsna. Insofar as the mind is absorbed in Krsna, it has attained the perfection of yoga.

    …in the golden age, the Satya yuga, people were living for one hundred thousand years, and at that time, when advanced living entities lived for such lengths of time, it was possible to execute this meditational system of yoga.

    …what was achieved in the Satya-yuga by this meditational process…would be achieved at the present time, in this Kali-yuga, by simply chanting the names of God, hari-kirtana, Hare Krsna.

    …So properly speaking we can never attain success in this meditational yoga system described by Krsna. At the utmost we can only gratify our personal whims by some pseudoadaptation of this system. Thus people are paying money to attend some classes in gymnastic exercises and deep-breathing, and they’re happy if they think they can lengthen their lifetimes by a few years or enjoy better sex life. But we must understand that this is not the actual yoga system. In this age that meditational system cannot be properly executed. Instead, all of the perfections of that system can be realized through bhakti-yoga, the sublime process of Krsna consciousness, specifically mantra-yoga, the glorification of Sri Krsna through the chanting of Hare Krsna. That is recommended in Vedic scriptures and is introduced by great authorities like Caitanya Mahaprabhu……” end of quote.

    Just sharing the words of my spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose opinion is well trusted by all saints and sages of our time.

    humbly serving
    Pracetana dasi acbsp

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