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effect of burning away old habits and
opens up a space for new realisations to
be made. Using some intellectual insight to
go beyond reactions and base instincts
frees the yogi from much suffering.
In recognition of the moving nature
of everything except Parama Parusa, the
teachings of the Bhagavad Gita offer
further advice. In this epic tale of war
and wisdom, the sage Krishna counsels
his beloved friend Arjuna to continue to
take action. Being still is not an option for
conflicted Arjuna who is contemplating
going into battle. Krishna tells him to
perform all actions in a spirit of sacrifice
rather than in order to gain anything from
the effort. It is this perspective which
makes a regular yoga practice most sacred.
If the actions taken, whether seated
meditation with directed concentration
of the mind, or physically moving in an
asana practice or both, are offered to the
universe in the spirit of service, then there
is no attachment to the outcome.
So how can progress be measured? Is
it in the achievement of a difficult pose? Is
it in consistency of practice? Is it success
in the material sphere? Or achieving more
positive states of mind?
According to yoga, none of these
things is really progress, they are merely
distractions. There is no tangible measure
of progress on the yogic journey. The only
progress is in moving closer to Parama
So yoga is defined as union with the
divine. As human beings with powerful
intellects, we can choose to be still, to stay
in one place and avoid travel. Or we can
choose to take up our dharmic journey
and move according to the will of the
universe, or cosmic consciousness.
Attracted to the divine force of Parama
Purusa, we can move at our chosen
pace, using the accelerating tools of
yoga to rapidly move inwards. Working
consistently without attachment to
outcomes, we can keep a steady and
moderate pace, consolidating as we go.
For some yogis there will be periods of
rest, akin to sitting on the riverbank
observing the flowing waters, alternating
with phases of much effort. Any version or
combination of practices may be helpful --
it is up to each traveller to find their
own way. As delightful as it is to have
companions along the way, it is ultimately
a solo, though never lonely, trip.
Yoga teaches that the journey of the
soul is the essential journey from the
subtle origins to the physical forms of
our world and back to the single point of
origin again. Circular, cyclical and always
moving, we are travellers in a vast universe.
As we draw closer to the clarity of the
cosmic entity, the stillness and permanence,
which underlies all action and change
becomes apparent. It is possible to
transcend the boundaries of space, time
and individual perception and merge with
this limitless consciousness.
Knowing the goal of yoga is less
important than doing the practice. The goal
will reveal itself as we approach it, but can
just as easily vanish from our perception
if we are working with personal gain in
mind. So it is recommended by many
wise teachers to acknowledge the goal
of Samadhi only in the sense that your
practice is an offering to the universe. Then
simply go about your actions, practise
diligently, expect nothing and you will
find the boundaries of mind and body
expanding as the soul moves towards
Chandrika Gibson ND is a holistic
yoga teacher and naturopath
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