In pursuit of the Highest TruthYoga: A brief overview
Dr. Minati Mishra
Yoga means union and the aim of yoga is to make one achieve a state of union into one's own nature.
Sage Patanjali in his yogasutras describes yoga as the restraint of the fluctuations (vrittis) in mind.
The vrittis prevent mind from resting in its true form, which are described to be of five types - direct knowledge, errors, imaginations, sleep and recollections.
Yoga: Contexts and the Contexture
Dr. Haramohan Mishra
The word yoga, literally meaning “union”, has multiple layers of meanings acquired through ages, extending a vast expanse of time beginning with the Veda to the present time. Around a central concept, different contents got accumulated which are meaningful in their respective contexts. Yoga is not solely some physical practice, as it is commonly mistaken, nor is it a part of some religious rites.
We perceive the things of the world, conceive them, evaluate their usefulness and agreeability to our senses, form some conception of value, try either to accept them or reject them depending upon their agreeability to us, thus, think that our sole purpose of existence is confronting the things of the world, even though in some rare moments, we feel as if transcending the world.
We do this in many different ways, in innumerable manners, relevant to our countless situations and different idiosyncrasies, peculiar to each of us. These processes have become automatic and spontaneous, and hardly we have time to reflect on what we are doing. It is time to pause a little and think over the validity of our ideas and perceptions, to try to discover our own reality in the web of life and ascertain the purposefulness of life and existence.
Who am I? Why am I here? What is the world that we experience?
The answer remains hidden in the depth of our own being. Let us reflect, seek, contemplate and find it.