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The Yoga of Devotion

The SIDDHA Concept

"I must find myself within myself - and then I will know who I am."
Lelihana devi dasi

Sadhaka Inspirations for
Devotion and Dharma

Lord Sri Krishna

Although this project concerns the science of self-realization and devotion to God, it is not exclusive of one kind of religion, but is for the benefit of everyone. Whatever path in life you are on, whether you are religious or not religious, whether you want to enjoy material life or rise above it into the transcendental realm, it matters not -- for the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, is a book of knowledge meant for all human beings of this world. Thus, the goal of our SIDDHA project is to make this knowledge simple, with high visual content, so that it is enjoyable and even mysterious, yet easy to understand. It will open your mind into a new vision to the art of living. And it will definitively be of benefit to you for your happiness and self-awareness as you as you go about your daily life.


Sadhaka Inspirations

We have all come from the transcendental world, which is outside the jurisdiction of this material realm. We are all spirit souls residing here within the confines of our material body, which is simply a machine made of material elements. We can rise above this material realm, and elevate ourselves by the mind, into higher and higher states of knowledge and awareness. And thus while still in the material world, we can live in a higher realm of peace within ourselves, and thus be in harmony with the people and events that go on around us, in a way we have always been trying to achieve.

If we stop and contemplate it, we all know that this material world is a place of birth, disease, old age, and then finally death, for none of us can prevent this from happening. These may be harsh facts to look at and may be taken as seeing things negatively -- they are
however, facts that are true.

Of course, there are the many pleasures that exist in this world. And then again, there are the many difficulties that exist in this world, both big and small, that always come to us no matter how many adjustments we try and make to enjoy our life with peace of mind. We need not focus on all the difficulties of the world, but we must first acknowledge the problems that we have to fave in order to take advantage of what is offered here. We must become a sadhaka.

A sadhaka is a person who, in his or her heart of hearts, feels that there is something higher to attain than struggling for fleeting happiness in this material world, and who is ready to embark on a wondrous journey along the path of higher knowledge that brings one to self-realization and real love.

While we live in this world, we need to take care of our body and mind. And at the same time, we can traverse the path that brings us to the world above our material senses and mind. We have a spiritual mind that is higher than our material mind. And it is intrinsically connected to our real spiritual self, and to the Supreme Lord who is in everyone's heart -- remember, that means the Lord is in your own heart, too, and you can turn to Him at any time and pray for guidance.

The Supreme Lord resides in the Spiritual Realm, from which each one of us originally came. That is the absolute world of eternity, knowledge, and bliss full of varieties of enjoyments, activities and relationships just like in this world. This material world is only a reflection of the Spiritual World.

Imagine standing at the edge of a pond and seeing the reflection of plants, flowers, trees, and seeing also yourself and others and all that is going on around you. You can see everything in the reflection but you cannot enjoy the reflection. You must enjoy the actual source of that reflection. That source is the Spiritual World.

A sadhaka, then, is a soul who would like to return to the source that is the Spiritual Word, and embark on the journey that leads one there. The path and the process is bhakti-yoga, the yoga of devotion, the easy and sublime path to regaining our loving relationship with God Himself, and with the other beings who reside in the Spiritual World. That life is our Real Life.

I wish you well.
Hare Krishna,
Lelihana devi dasi

sadhaka is pronounced saa-daa-kaa
siddha is sidd-haa and means perfection
dharma is dhaar-maa

"Dharma refers to that which is constantly existing with a particular object. We conclude that there is heat and light along with the fire; without heat and light, there is no meaning to the word fire. Similarly, we must discover the essential part of the living being, that part which is his constant companion. That constant companion is his eternal quality, and that eternal quality is his eternal religion." Excerpt from Bhagavad-gita

There are great things to be known!
Yoga can heal a stressed mind by helping you rid yourself of negative feelings and thoughts. The mental aspect of Yoga is a form of self-help, which creates a positive state of mind through tranquility. Yoga will empower you to take control of your life with a calm mind - but let's take a reality check first.
Each of the following fours subjects we discuss can cause us damage to our mental and physical state of health. Let's determine what we can do and if they are real. In each case, Yoga can give you inner strength to deal with these troubles.
Fear can be real, but most often is self-created because it is fear of what we do not know or understand. Take a close look at what your fear is. Is it something you can take action to prevent? Can you develop a "damage control" plan?
This type of thinking is not Yoga meditation. It is self-analysis that gives you the power to determine real from imaginary. In Jnana Yoga, you learn through reading, facing the truth, and putting the principles into action.
One last point about fear: If it is real, you have to take action, and this may be a major move in life; however, if you or your family's survival is at stake, worrying will not solve fear. You have no choice, other than taking positive action.
Self-pity can cause us pain, sorrow, and grief. We feel self-pity from loss, but we must pick ourselves up and move on. Yoga practice, Yoga classes, and Yoga meditation can help us bear this pain, but positive habits, and time, heal us, as well.
Yogic philosophy teaches us to do something for someone who is less fortunate. Even when our own situation looks dismal, it will not be hard to find a person who needs our help. When you help others, this is a form of Karma Yoga, and you will feel better about yourself.
Insecurity is a result of lack of faith. Yoga can help you find faith again. Everyone who practices Yoga long enough understands the Yogic aspect of spiritual health. You do not have to be any particular religion to find your spiritual side. Yoga is universal, non-threatening, and does not discriminate.
Past failures drain us of life energy, if we do not put them behind us and learn from them. Yoga teaches us to live in this moment. The present determines the future, and the past is history. You can learn from history, but you cannot change it.
Sometimes, past failures create a state of mind, where we cannot forgive ourselves or others for mistakes and wrong doings. Who do we punish by withholding forgiveness? We create a "prison" for ourselves, when we do not forgive. Yoga teaches us self-empowerment, not self-imprisonment.
Lastly, if you want peace of mind, you must take action, find solutions, or visit your local Yoga class. Peace of mind is a choice for most of us. If you have the power to visit a Yoga class, you have the power to gain peace of mind.
Garland Pose - Malasana

Also known as
: Squat Type of pose: Hip opener
Benefits: Opens the hips and groin
1. Come to stand with the feet about mat's width apart.
2. Bend the knees, coming into a squat.
3. Keep the feet as close to parallel as possible.
4. Take the upper arms inside your knees and bend the elbows. Bring the palms together into anjali mudra (prayer position).
5. Try to bring the hands to your heart center with the forearms parallel to the floor to open the knees slightly.
6. Keep the spine straight and shoulders relaxed.
7. Stay here for five breaths, then straighten the legs to come out.
Beginners: Bring a folded blanket under your heels for support if your heels come up when you squat. This is better than trying to balance on the balls of your feet.
Advanced: If your feet are parallel, work on bringing them closer together
pyramid yoga
type of pose
: Standing, forward bend Benefits: Stretches and strengthens the legs, especially the hamstrings.
1. From Downward Facing Dog – Adho Muhka Svanasana,bring the right foot forward next to the right hand.
2. Straighten the right leg as you step the left foot forward so that the feet are about three feet apart. The left foot is facing forward with sole flat on the floor.
3. Bring the body to an upright position and make sure the hips are squared towards the front of the mat.
4. Lengthen the spine on an inhale.
5. On the next exhale, deepen the right hip crease as you come into a forward bend bringing the hands to the floor or onto blocks if they don’t reach the floor.
6. On each inhale, lengthen the spine. On each exhale, take the forward bend a little deeper.
To keep the body in balance, repeat on the left side.
Beginners: Use blocks under the hands so you can keep the legs straight and work on the forward bend.
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