Jain View Of Life: 4.0.1 The Purpose Of Yogasana

Published: 22.12.2011
Updated: 14.01.2012

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Yogasana is a self-help system for curing and preventing illness, stress and enhancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Its key concept is to increase vital energy. The energy is then circulated into health, vitality, balanced emotions, creative and spiritual expression.

Illness is caused by a blockage of energy. Too much or too little energy in one part of the body results in disease to the part and stresses the entire body. Stress or injury to one organ, Gland or system weakens the entire body. The body is also self-regulatory and will naturally move towards balance if you are regular in practice. Western medical doctors have only recently discovered the disastrous effects on health of stressful living, and their methods of coping with stress are still in their infancy. In Ganadhipati Gurudeva Shree Tulsi and Acharya Mahapragya's view, Asana is the best way for correcting this imbalance by awakening vital energy and circulating it to the needed areas. Asana and meditation lead a man to transform the stress and negative emotions into creativity, learning, healing and peak performance.

The purpose of Yogasana

Asana is not only a physical exercise. It is the first door for entering the spiritual world. The word asana is used in many senses. In Sanskrit, the root 'aas' is used for sitting. Patanjali defines ‘sthira sukham asanam’. It means through which in stable and comfortable position should be seated is known asana. Asana can be performed in three ways, lying down, sitting and standing postures. Asana does not only manage activities of the body-system in the right way, but also provides stability of mind and speech.

Preksha meditation is the technique of self-realization. Through the practice man goes deeper and deeper in the subtle world. Those men who want to take high spiritual flight in self-realization must purify body, breath and prana, and should learn asana and pranayama very well. To get fit and to stay fit is the goal of each and everyone. Yogasana is the optimum system for having fitness. It is not only limited to the physical body. Āsana is a science which deals with the development of human personality which leads a man to harmony, peace, concentration, and balance, which is conducive to the awakening of inner energy.

Sources

Jain View Of Life

Publisher: Adarsh Sahitya Sangh

Edition: 1st Edition 2000

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  1. Acharya
  2. Asana
  3. Body
  4. Concentration
  5. Meditation
  6. Patanjali
  7. Prana
  8. Pranayama
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  10. Preksha Meditation
  11. Sanskrit
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  13. Tulsi
  14. Yogasana
  15. Āsana
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