The mind emerges the energy of the soul. This spiritual force is the most healing, for ourselves and others.
Yoga is defined in so many ways – Union, Oneness, Liberation, Freedom, Self-Realisation and Mastery, Consciousness, Awakening, Enlightenment, Illumination, Reality and Truth. There are many different paths leading to this attainment. The method hugely depends on our nature, abilities, preferences, tendencies and the circumstances surrounding our lives.
There is just one endpoint – the realisation of the Absolute Truth. The paths of Yoga are not antagonistic to one another. They supplement and complement each other. The techniques prescribed increase our awareness, leading us to realise our spiritual identity, no less the Divine Itself dwelling in the physical body.
For all the effort we put into our practice, this is really inspiring and yes, it is true. I want to point out one important reality here. Our energies travel. The spine is the antenna of this healing force travelling around. The mind is the conduit. This spiritual phenomenon happens during Samadhi. The soul emerges so we could be one with the universal life-force abundantly flowing around.
Every time we set our thoughts and wishes out, something amazing is created out of it. These incredible by-products of our thoughts, wishes and intentions might not directly affect our lives. Somewhere out there, our spiritual energy connects with another – giving them support, comforting them and healing them.
This pure consciousness is ever-present. Perpetual in all things animate or inanimate. It is within us. It is God-within-the-creature. We were all born pure. It is this primal energy which sustained us until our very first breath. This unblemished energy got entangled with the breath, making her presence less felt. Our senses as they developed, buried her down in the abyss of our psychic body, the core of the hips, where she would remain dormant until this process called awakening. Our logical mind, being the last to evolved did not know her at all, refusing to acknowledge her presence, lest, bow to the power of this divine force.
Yoga is just one of the many methods to bring her presence back. Jesus said, “Split the wood, I am there. Lift the rock and you will find me there.” Pure Reality is buried under the rubbles of the ignorance of the senses. Inside us is the kingdom of everlasting joy and peace. Spiritual disciplines, including yoga, teach us the way.
Our senses tell us our mind is intelligent and conscious. Yoga says otherwise. Our intelligence is just a reflection of the Atman. Atman is the intelligence itself. The source of all sources, the teachers of all teachers. Meditation emerges the Atman in us.
Prana Mudra: Principles and Benefits
For this lesson, let’s learn the Prana Mudra. It is a beautiful meditation. It invokes the ever-permeating presence of the universal life force. It increases our awareness of the subtle body and all that comprise it – the chakras, nadis, and most importantly, our breath.
Prana Mudra, when practised regularly helps increase our healing energy. Spiritually, it promotes an inner attitude of calmness, peace and content. The outward gesture of the arms and the heart symbolises offering and welfare for all. It is good for the body, heart and spirit.
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