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What Is Yoga, Really?

Yoga had taken birth in India more than five thousand years back, but now it is widely being used all over the world to get health benefits. Westerners have assumed that yoga  is a physical exercise to twist the body into  grotesque postures. This kind of yoga is called a Hatha Yoga which is just one of the eight kinds of yoga.

Vaastu architecture

Without Soul Body Is Considered As Dead

In The Same Way , Without Energy Architecture Is Considered To Be Without Soul                                                                   

Body + Soul = Living Being 

Architecture + Energy (Vastu) Architecture =Building With Positive Life

When an engineer makes a machine he knows what it is going to do or make for example if he is making a fruit juicer machine he knows well it will crush the fruit and extract the juice. In the same way when one make one of the most important machines that is building in which human being lives. Ever you think how building works on you in which you live.

About Yoga

"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way."Swami Vishnudevananda-

The word "Yoga" came from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate." Yoga then is about the union of a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness.Yoga was likened to as a tree with a living trunk, roots, branches, flowers and fruit in ancient times. In addition to its most famous branch - Hatha yoga - yoga consists of six major branches including Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Raja and Tantra forms of yoga.

Hatha Yoga, the most well-known branch of yoga, is known as the yoga of physical processes. It incorporates breathing techniques, physical poses and meditation. It is used for bringing the spiritual elements of the mind into the body in order to achieve perfect health. Hatha Yoga attempts to purify the nervous system and strengthen the body.- 

Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion and heart. Yogis who practice this branch of yoga express and develop tolerance, acceptance and love for all living things. The life and work of the famous saint Mother Teresa symbolizes the combination of the Bhakti and Karma Yoga paths with their devotional aspects and selfless service.

Jnana Yoga is considered the yoga of the mind, because it deals with wisdom and knowledge. Jnana yoga's path teaches the "knowledge of true self," in other words it teaches one to obtain intuitive knowledge from their soul. The Jnana Yoga approach is thought to be the most difficult and the most direct at the same time, because it involves serious study and will appeal to those who are more rationally inclined. Jnana yogis try to exceed limitations by bonding intellect and sapience (which is the ability to apply knowledge, common sense and insight). Ramana Maharshi and Shankara are two of the best known exponents of this yoga branch.

Karma Yoga teaches that your present experience is directly affected by your past actions. It's the path of self-transcending achievement and the path of service. Performing a selfless service is the gist of Karma Yoga. Its practices are meant to change your actions, for example acting on good thoughts, good expressions and good manners will transform you into a selfless soul.

Raja Yoga teaches natural meditation. Raja consists of a very precise system that attempts to gain control of the physical body, energy, senses and mind. This yoga teaches students to control their thought waves by turning their mental and physical energy into spiritual energy by uniting with the Ego (or their higher self). This is done through exercise, breathing and meditation.

Tantra Yoga is perhaps the most misinterpreted path of all the yoga branches. Its rituals teach students to expand their awareness in everything they do, not only sexuality. A Tantra yoga practitioner's character must consist of humility, purity, courage, devotion, dispassion, faithfulness, truthfulness, non-covetousness, cosmic love and dedication to his guru.

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The word "Yoga" came from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate." Yoga then is about the union of a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness.Yoga was likened to as a tree with a living trunk, roots, branches, flowers and fruit in ancient times. In addition to its most famous branch - Hatha yoga - yoga consists of six major branches including Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Raja and Tantra forms of yoga.

 

The Aim of Yoga

According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the ultimate aim of Yoga is to reach "Kaivalya" (emancipation or ultimate freedom). This is the experience of one's innermost being or "soul" (the Purusa). Then one becomes free of chains of cause and effect (Karma) which tie us to continual reincarnation. In Kaivalya one is said to exist in peace and tranquillity, having attained absolute knowledge of the difference between the spiritual which is timeless, unchanging and free of sorrows, and the material which is not.

This is considered desirable as life is analysed as ultimately full of sorrows and pain- even pleasure and joy leave pain and loss when they have gone as nothing in the material world is permanent.

Yoga is therefore a spiritual quest. However, along the path of yoga, the aspirant also gains health, happiness, tranquillity and knowledge which are indicators of progress and an encouragement to continue their practice. Buddhism and other Eastern spiritual traditions use many techniques derived from Yoga.

The Philosophy of Yoga

The philosophy of Yoga comes from many sources and has been presented in many fashions with differing emphasis depending on the understanding of the author.

The Vedas and Upanishads give some of the earliest references to the paths of yoga. These scriptures form the basis of Indian religious practices but contain many varied references to yoga and other things.

There are the Puranas, also ancient, which deal with the nature of the universe.

Famous epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabarata contain stories of the gods and lectures on moral and philosophical subjects with references to yogis and yogic practices.

The Bhaghavad Gita is a particularly famous part of the Mahabarata which contains a detailed discourse on yoga by Krisna to Arjuna.

Other texts such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika are more "technical manuals" of yoga which go into detail on technique as opposed to just the theory.

In general all these texts discuss Yoga from the particular standpoint of the authors and the paths to Yoga they have followed. In many ways this subject can be confusing for lack of a clear overview. This need is answered in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The Paths of Yoga

There are said to be 4 main paths (Margas), according to the Bhagavad Gita, by which to reach the ultimate goal of Yoga - "Kaivalya." There is the path of Knowledge (Jnana Marga) in which one learns to discriminate between what is real and what is illusory, the path of selfless work (Karma marga), the path of devotion (Bhakti Marga) and the path of control of the mind (Yoga Marga) where all the activities of the mind and consciousness are studied and brought under control. From these have come the various paths of yoga which can be followed.

  • Raja yoga involves mastery of the mind and senses in Samadhi; essentially the advanced aspects of Patanjali's astanga yoga.
  • Hatha yoga is the yoga of the will which involves cultivating ones energy to arouse Kundalini primarily by means of asana and pranayama.
  • Mantra yoga involves reciting sacred syllables to reach perfection.
  • Laya yoga involves absorption in god to experience ultimate bliss.
  • Bhakti yoga requires absolute devotion to god to achieve the ultimate goal.
  • Karma yoga achieves this through selfless work without thought of personal reward.
  • Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge cultivating the discrimination between spiritual reality and the illusion of the material world.

It must be realised that there are no clear cut boundaries between these various paths and all draw on the practices and philosophy of the others; effectively all paths have the same goal and "tread the same terrain." They are different views of the same topic.

Why Vastu is Necessary?

Vastu considered the interplay of various forces of nature involving the five elements of earth, water, air, fire and ether (space or sky) and strives to maintain equilibrium as these elements influence, guide and change the living styles of not only human beings but every living being on earth. Thus they influence our deeds, luck, behaviour and other basics of life.

Vastu Purusha Mandala

According to Vastu the earth is covered by an electromagnetic grid. These lines are receptors for solar, lunar and stellar energies. A living energy exists in every building with his head to the NE on a 9x9 grid of 81 cells. This grid is called the Vastu Purusha Mandala and is used as a building grid aligned with true north and earthly grid. 

Vastu Principles

First and foremost Vastu Shastra is not a religion but a science. The philosophy and concept of Vastu Shastra has more to do with complex mathematical calculations along with the energy lines of the earth. Faith is not a prerequisite to success. Instead effective creation of energy and positive vibration, flow of balance and harmony are required.

Benefits Of Vastu

Vastu does not make any promise of a utopia, which holds no pain on loss failure. What can be offered if a series of manifest spares that can provide solar and comfort in times of trouble, well-being in times of distress, contentment amidst pain. Vastu, in the built form, is the way to 

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