Yoga Back to Godhead - Volume 11, Number 05 - 1976

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These People are Practicing Yoga?

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

You’d probably never think this picture shows people practicing yoga. But chanting the names of God is actually the supreme form of yoga. Of course, devotees chanting Hare Krishna certainly don’t look much like yogis. At least not the kind of yogis most people think of when they hear the word. But most people, it seems, have little understanding of what yoga is really all about.

Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union.” India’s ancient Sanskrit literatures, the Vedas, explain that the purpose of yoga is to purify our consciousness so that we can re-establish our eternal relationship with God. The sitting postures and breathing exercises most people associate with yoga are part of a certain type of yoga system–known as hatha-yoga–that was practiced thousands of years ago. By practicing hatha-yoga, great sages could completely withdraw their mind and senses from the material world and, after a very long time, find God within their hearts.

In this age, though, the Vedas discourage us from trying to reach God by following the hatha-yoga system. We just don’t have the time or the determination. But in another way we’re fortunate, because in this age God, or Krishna, has come in the form of His holy name. To associate with Him, we simply have to chant His name. The goal of yoga, union with God, is easily attained through chanting Hare Krishna. And unlike other forms of yoga, the results come quickly. So, you too can be a yogi. Just try chanting Hare Krishna–and feel yourself coming closer to God.

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4 Responses to These People are Practicing Yoga?

  1. Sir, I am in need of a master to guide and solve lot of question which is comming in my mind in the real life.
    how can i do it
    Hare krsihna

  2. V.Balasubramanian says:

    Hare Krishna: Adhi Shnkara was Saintly incarnation of God Shiva, and I do not understand how his philosophy can be judged as Maya vada. Yogic exercises are essential for well maintenance of the body and KC is essential for the spirit Soul. Adhi Shankara has reindroduced our Vedic system. if one studies all his work, he can understand the nature of the all pervasive God. May be the pseudo gurus of the present day world can be called the personalists. Acharyas of Shankara Mutt all over India preach only impersonalism, i.e. Bhakti cult to attain salvation. For example, Shringeri and Kanchi Mutts are foremost in propagating Bhakti. Bhajagovindam composed by Adhi Shankara clearly tells us to take the name of Govinda only as nothing can help us at the time of death. Swami Ragavendra who spread Dwaita of the Great Madhvaharya, (whom Gowdia Mutt saints follow)during his debate with Advaitins in Madurai, accepts that Lord Hari And Haran (Lord Shiva are same. The ancients Asuras and Rakhshasa did penance to attain boons to attain material gain and they are not advaitins. In today’s circumstances the recent saints like Gneshwar, Tukaram, Purandaradas, Surdas, Tulasidas swami, kanakadasa, Ram das,and other saints took only bhagtiyoga and preached bhakti marg to the people as this is the only salvation for the Kaliyuga. Though these saints are great Vainavas, Iscon does not hilight their examples. One way I appreciate the Iscon’s efforts is that It leads it followers like horses, their eyes covered so that when they are carted, they do no get distracted by outside world, and reach their destination safe

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      I have suggested you read Srila Prabhupada’s Teachings of Lord Caitanya and in more detail his translation and commentary of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. If you read and understand the teachings of Lord Caitanya then you will understand everything.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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