You might have celebrated and experienced yoga, the Indian contribution to the world, as Indian heritage. The third international yoga day could project what India was and what India is, to the world.
Yoga is the integration of pancha praana, pancha, karmendriya, pancha jnaanendriya, panch bhootha and manas as told in Vedas ‘ thri saptha (3×7 ) samidha kruthaa: devaa; yad yajnam danwaana abadhnan purasham pasum yanjena yajnam ayajantha devaa; thaani dharmaani prathamaanyaasan…. = the nature brought the 3 x 7 = 21 factors in human beings together and tied the animal instinct present in each of them ( as human being is one among the 1.2 millions types of animals in the world) and scarified that and in that place, the dharmic values were consecrated. Thus did the devas to create good human beings.
The above mentioned are the lines from veda which became the base for the Pathanjali’s yoga saastra. This got further refined and spread world over. Yoga has to have ten instructions as given through five yamaas = ahimsa (non violence), sathyam (adhering to truth), astheyam (never looting others), brahmacharyam (knowing the ultimate goal of life), and aparigram (self dependency) and five niyamas = soucham (cleanliness) santhosham (happiness) , sthapa (devotion towards actions): swaadhyaam (co9ntiuously learning) and eeswara pranidhaanam (submitting to god). One has to reach the third or further steps only after fulfilling these ten instructions, needed to purify the body and mind.
Yoga has the message: integrating the food and exercise like aswini devatha concept where hitha aahaara and mitha aayaasa or mitha aahaara and hitha ayaasa. It is also the alignment of the mind and body as told by Maharshi Charaka (sareera manaso yoga parasparam anuvrajeth)
Now let us remember it the integration in the correct proportion of external and internal energy; mind and body ; spiritual and physical factors; the food and exercise; past and present; present and future; pains and pleasures; happiness and sorrows;……. for making our life useful, purposeful, fruitful and meaning ful.
IN THE SERVICE OF DHARMA AND MOTHERLAND
IISH COMMUNICATION TEAM