AYP Home

Home   Main Lessons   Tantra Lessons   Support Forums   Interviews   Videos   Books-eBooks-AudioBooks
Topic Index    Site Search    Links Section    Testimonials   
AYP Survey    Traffic    Downloads    Contact

 








Events & Training


AYP Retreats
Worldwide Listing


Weekly Global
Meditation and
Healing Samyama


Local Contacts
Meditation Groups,
Training & Retreats


Key L
essons

Lesson Tweets

Start Lessons Here

Desire - Bhakti

Deep Meditation

Self-Pacing

Spinal Breathing
Pranayama


Chakras

Mulabandha

Sambhavi Mudra

Asanas - Postures

Siddhasana

Yoni Mudra
Kumbhaka


Uddiyana - Nauli

Navi Kriya

Kechari Mudra

Chin Pump
Jalandhara


Samyama & Siddhi

Spinal Bastrika
Pranayama


Heart Breathing

Yoga Nidra
Cosmic Samyama


Mantra Enhancements

Solar Centering

Tantra

Brahmacharya

Vajroli Mudra

Whole Body Mudra

Yogic Diet

Fasting

Addictions

Hallucinogens

Shatkarmas

Amaroli

Nectar Cycle

Kundalini Assistance

Sensitivity Issues

Spirits & Entities

Shaktipat

Self-Inquiry
Jnana-Advaita


End of Suffering

Karma Yoga

Dare to Dream

Evolution of Action

Prayer & Healing

Yoga for Children

Ayurveda

Summary of Practices

Time Management

Modifications to
Baseline System


Teaching

Retreats

Enlightenment
Milestones


Freedom

More Resources

Alternate AYP Website

Support Forums

AYP Survey

audioicon1.jpg (812 bytes)
AYP on Radio & TV

Yoga FAQ

Sanskrit Glossary

AYP Books & Audio

Downloads

AYP Books Flyer

Extended Booklist

International
Translations


Press Releases

Articles & Media

Promotional
Materials


Website Statistics

AYP-Related Websites

Social Networks

Volunteer

Donate
                        

Advanced Yoga Practices
Main Lessons
Previous  |  Next  >

Note: For the complete lessons, with additions, see the AYP Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.

Lesson 240 - Regarding One’s Highest Ideal

From: Yogani
Date: Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:56pm

New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?"


Q: Should one practise yoga only if the desire is for enlightenment? Enlightenment is definitely a difficult thing to understand for a layman in wordily life. Maybe more understanding about it and the desire to achieve it will develop as the yoga practices go on. But anyone will want to live a life with a healthy body and peaceful mind. Can they practise yoga if they have no desire of getting 'enlightened?'

A student will want to overcome the pressures of daily commitments successfully and progress in his academics, and his immediate concern is not enlightenment -- he may not even be aware that such a thing exists. Can't he use yoga just to help him develop a sound body and mind?

Can one have their highest ideal as a happy life with healthy body and peaceful mind, instead of enlightenment? Can one practise yoga just for this, setting it as their highest ideal, not resisting the devotion for enlightenment though, if and when it develops?


A: Yes, any reason (ideal) for doing practices is a good reason. The result will be the same -- purification and opening of the nervous system, and there are many practical benefits that come from that. All that is necessary is a desire to advance toward something we believe yoga can help with. Then daily practices can be sustained.

With practices such as deep meditation and spinal breathing pranayama, the nervous system opens to the light within, and the desires gradually becomes colored by that. Then bhakti evolves naturally toward a more divine longing. It is not something we can invent. It happens as we become a purer vehicle for the bliss that resides within us.

We start where we are, with whatever our aspirations may be, and go from there. As you point out, there are plenty of reasons to do yoga besides an ultimate objective of enlightenment. Saints, in fact, don't aim for enlightenment at all. They constantly crave union with their Divine Beloved! The student craves a diploma, and the rest of us crave good health and success in our daily endeavors. All of these are good reasons to do yoga practices.

Everyone has their own ideal that can be used as inspiration for yoga. As the ideal is fulfilled, enlightenment is the by-product. We don't even have to know what enlightenment is. With practices it will come – more and more inner peace, creativity and happiness.

The guru is in you.

Note: For detailed instructions on employing desire and action on our spiritual path, see the AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book.

Previous  |  Next  >

setstats

Direct Downloads

eBooks - PDF, EPUB
and MOBI-KINDLE


FREE eBooks with
MP3 AudioBooks


SAVE  with Bundled
Multi-Title Downloads


Preview AYP Books
(PDF Books Flyer)

Easy Lessons

Advanced Yoga Practices Book



Spiritual
Adventure Novel



Enlightenment Series


Deep Meditation Book


Spinal Breathing Pranayama Book


Tantra Book


Asanas, Mudras & Bandhas Book


Samyama Book


Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli Book


Self-Inquiry Book


Bhakti and Karma Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book



Questions & Answers


                                     

        

      © 2003-present    (see copyright notice)


Additional Translations of AYP
 

AYP Home  Main Lessons  Tantra Lessons  Support Forums  Topic Index  Interviews  Videos  Site Search  Links Section  Testimonials  AYP Survey  Traffic  Books  Downloads  Contact