Bhavana - Essays on Yoga Psychology

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A teaser of the book by Ammaji that contains numerous essays on Yoga psychology. An understanding of the Yogic concept of mind as well as Dharma, Karma and other such topics are covered in Amma’s unique style of writing. These spiritual revelations are the result of more than 45 years of dedicated Yoga Sadhana by Amma and a boon to all sincere lovers of the Yoga tradition. To order this e-book and others please visit http://icyer.in/yoga-ebooks

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  • 1. (C) www.icyer.com BHAVANA DEVELOPING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIFE ESSAYS ON YOGA PSYCHOLOGY & OTHER TOPICS by Yogamani, Yogacharini, Kalaimamani Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani Director ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India.
  • 2. www.icyer.com CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................. 4 BHAVANA : THE YOGIC ART OF BEING .................................................................................................. 8 UNCONSCIOUSNESS: THE ONLY ENEMY A TRUE YOGI MUST CONFRONT ........................... 14 IMPERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT ........................................................................................................... 15 YOGA PSYCHOLOGY: THE BEST PSYCHOLOGY ................................................................................. 16 THE PRINCIPLE OF ADHI-VYADHI .......................................................................................................... 19 PRAKRITHI, VIKRITHI AND SAMSKRITHI .......................................................................................... 21 STRUCTURE OF THE MIND AND YOGIC CONCEPTS ....................................................................... 24 DHARMA: THE BED-ROCK OF CONSCIOUSNESS .............................................................................. 26 YOGA PSYCHOLOGY AND DHARMA ..................................................................................................... 30 DHARMA AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO GUNA ................................................................................... 31 KARMA : THE LAW OF LIFE ........................................................................................................................ 34 SWADHARMA AND SWADHYAYA .......................................................................................................... 39 EVOLUTIONARY QUIRKS, YAMA NIYAMA AND THE BRAIN OF MAN .................................. 44 THE ADHIKARIN, THE FIT ONE ................................................................................................................ 53 CLAIMING ONES BIRTHRIGHT THROUGH YOGA ........................................................................ 54 THE BIGGER THEY ARE .. ........................................................................................................................ 61 STUDYING THE SELF .................................................................................................................................... 62 PACKAGED SPIRITS ..................................................................................................................................... 63 PLAYING GOD ................................................................................................................................................ 64 CRISIS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE .............................................................................................. 66 WHAT DO YOU VALUE? .............................................................................................................................. 67 VIRTUE ALONE IS FREE! ...................................................................................................................... 68 WHEN MORE IS LESS! AND EVERYTHING IS NOTHING! ................................................................ 69 WHATS IN A FACE? ...................................................................................................................................... 70 THE ESSENTIAL STRUCTURE OF YOGA INSTRUCTION .......................................................... 71 SYMBOLISM IN YOGA: DIRECT ROUTE TO COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS .............................. 73 BHAVANA: Essays on Yoga Psychology by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani Page 2
  • 3. www.icyer.com OF PEARLS AND SADHANA....................................................................................................................... 74 SELFISH SPIRITUALITY ............................................................................................................................... 75 THE WORLD IS WHAT WE ARE ................................................................................................................. 76 NOT EVEN SOLOMON! ................................................................................................................................ 77 NATURE IS ALSO HUMAN .......................................................................................................................... 78 MADE IN HEAVEN. BUT NOT SEEN ON EARTH .............................................................................. 79 LISTENING TO THE INNER SELF .............................................................................................................. 80 JURASSIC PARK .............................................................................................................................................. 82 JAMES BOND AND I ...................................................................................................................................... 83 SATSANGHA: IN GOOD COMPANY ........................................................................................................ 84 TAPASYA: PURIFICATION BY FIRE .......................................................................................................... 85 PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE- BUT! THERES NO MONEY IN IT! ................................. 86 CLOSE .. BUT NOT TOO CLOSE ................................................................................................................. 87 CHOOSING A GURU ..................................................................................................................................... 88 ACTIVITY AS A BASIS FOR QUIETUDE .................................................................................................. 89 TRUE LOVE ....................................................................................................................................................... 90 SADHANA IS A GARDEN WHEREIN WE GROW ................................................................................. 91 THE LONG, LONG DREAM .......................................................................................................................... 93 BHAVANA: Essays on Yoga Psychology by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani Page 3
  • 4. www.icyer.com INTRODUCTION 1 The art and science of Yoga, that is one of the greatest treasures of our unique Indian cultural heritage has a lot to offer in terms of an understanding of the human mind. Yoga treats man as a multi layered, conscious being, possessing three bodies (Sthula, Sukshma and Kaarana Sharira) and being enveloped in a five layered (Pancha Kosha) of existence. This ancient science of mind control as codified by Maharishi Patanjali more than 2500 years ago helps us to understand our mental processes as well as the cause - effect relations of a multitude of problems facing modern man. Modern man is the victim of stress and stress related disorders that threaten to disrupt his life totally. Yoga offers a way out of this whirlpool of stress and is a wholistic solution to stress. Yogic life style, Yogic diet, Yogic attitudes and various Yogic practices help man to strengthen himself and develop positive health thus enabling him to withstand stress better. This Yogic health insurance is achieved by normalizing the perception of stress, optimizing the reaction to it and by releasing the pent up stress effectively through various Yogic practices. Yoga is a wholistic and integral science of life dealing with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual and society. Yoga may be defined as a process (journey) as well as a state (goal) in many ways. Yoga is the science and art of quieting the subconscious mind, a way of life, skill in action, union of thought, word and deed, integration of our personality at all levels, the science of conscious evolution and the method to attain as well as the state of emotional and mental equanimity. The Yogarudda or one who has attained to the state of Yoga is described in the Bhagavad Gita as follows: - He is one who is unaffected by the senses, not attached to the fruits of action and has renounced all desires. Yoga views the mind as having four internal processes or Antahkarana. These processes are the Chitta (memory bank or the subconscious), the Manas (conscious mind), the Buddhi (discriminating intellect) and the Ahamkara or ego principle (consisting of the impure ego that feels all is ME and MINE as well as the pure ego which understands that all is mine as a manifestation of the Divine). The Buddhi is further said to possess three powers: the power of will (Iccha Shakti), the power of action, (Kriya Shakti) and the power of wisdom (Jnana Shakti). It is important that all these powers work together in synchrony for otherwise there will be disaster. Yoga also describes Chitta Bhumi or states of the mind. These consist of the undeveloped, inert mind that is as dull as stone (Mudha), the totally distracted state of mind (Kshipta), the partially distracted state of mind (Vikshipta), the concentrated state of mind (Ekagratha) and the controlled mind of the true Yogi (Niruddha). The modifications or fluctuations of the mindstuff as described by Maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras are of five types. These are Pramana (cognitio