In the process of evolution, we are constantly evolving, whether consciously or unconsciously doesn’t matter. the journey is there. We cannot stop the process of evolution just as we cannot stop the growth and decay of the body from the time of its birth until the time of its death.
However, yogis have believed that this process of evolution can be controlled by awareness. Do you have this question haunting your mind – How to develop human potential?
You can quicken this process and reach a level where the optimum use of the strengths of the human nature and personality can be experienced. That is the direction of human evolution, to attain fulfillment, to attain purnata, completeness. The process of tapping this human potential is yoga.
We have to begin the process of union, with the experience of the union at a very physical level: the awakening of physical harmony, union of the faculties of brain and mind, union of the faculties of mind and psyche, union of the faculties of psyche and spirit.
We have to go step by step and to provide the experience of union various systems of yoga evolved, some of which are physical in nature, some of which are pranic, psychic or spiritual in nature.
As one evolves through the various practices of yoga, harmonizing the body and the various layers of the mind, one comes to a point where the entire attitude, performance, and behavior undergoes a transformation. There are many people who tend to impose certain disciplines upon themselves.
Many people tend to become prophets overnight when they adopt spiritual practices – with a view to profit, and if not with a view to profit, definitely the profit is there in their lives. This represents, in my opinion, a lack of maturity because we have not yet learned to control, come to terms with or manage ourselves.
Yoga is a process of management, managing the states of the body, mind, and spirit, nothing more than that. The moment we are able to manage the various states of body and mind we establish ourselves in yoga, and this process of management begins with the body.
Our body has certain limitations which we experience in the form of stiffness, aches, and pains, and they have to be managed. A very good example of this process of management is in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali when he defines the asanas as postures in which you are steady, comfortable and at ease with yourself.
Now, that is the final definition of asana but in order to come to that level where we are at ease, comfortable and steady in our posture, we have to go through a process of practice. This process of practice is learning how to manage the various conditions of the body.
It’s the same thing with mind management. The ideal state of mind is a one-pointed state without dissipation, without distraction, in which the force of will is concentrated. This is not the force of will in a negative sense, that can be hard headedness. “What I say is right and I won’t believe anything else.” No, not like that.
Will, is the concentrated mind. The ideal mind is where the faculties of mind become like the laser beam which can cut through steel or perform a delicate operation on the human eye without burning any other tissue. The sharpening of the mental faculty should be so clear that it will only go where you direct it.
In order to come to this stage, again there has to be a process of practice, of effort, which in yoga has been provided in the practices of pratyahara, dharana, bhakti, karma, gyana, and so forth.
Ultimately, by passing through these different stages of self-management, we come to a point where samadhi does not become or remain a self-oriented process but it becomes a universal experience.
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