It is expected that by the constitution of Society, different groups and cliques will disappear and satsangis will love each other as brothers. Kindly send this letter to Babu Sawan Singh also for his information.”
1) Most of the citations from Baba Ji’s letters in his books were translated directly from the Gurmukhi originals. The reader wishing to read his entire correspondence with Baba Sawan Singh Ji may consult Spiritual Gems (Beas 1958).
2) Baba Sawan Singh Ji in a letter to one of his disciples makes the necessity of a living Master in the Mystic Path very clear indeed: “When I was in the hospital on account of the fracture of my leg, one day when I was meditating, Baba Ji’s form appeared before me. Baba Ji, or rather what seemed to be his form, said: “If, in a case of emergency, meat and drink are used, there is no harm.” But when I repeated the five names, he got up and walked away. Now because I had seen Baba Ji in real life and could visualize him, I found out this trick. But those people who concentrate on the old Masters who passed away thousands of years ago are likely to be misled. It’s (the Saint’s) eyes and one’s forehead cannot be imitated. Hence, you always require a living teacher for the pupil, a living physician for the sick, a living husband for the wife and a living ruler for the people. I maintain that no one else can help a disciple so much as a living Master.”
A way to be selfless is for the disciple may give for the good of the Master’s cause, but at the same time, he should see how much he could really give. If he does not care for the welfare of his own children, then that is not fair, So we have a rule here. Those who give more than a certain amount, they come to me. This is a very strict condition given to Salip Singh. He may accept ten, twenty, or thirty rupees, but those who want to give more than that must come to see to me. Sometimes I accept, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I return full, sometimes I return half. So a man should share with others, but in degrees. Let him start with the least, maybe 1/40th, or 1/20th. 1/10th has been the average. Those who cannot afford to give 1/10th, let them give 1/20th, let them give 1/40th, let them share even a single pie. So those who want to progress on the spiritual way must earn their livelihood by honest means, and then share with others.
Do you know why I don’t accept money from those who are not initiated? Who knows how they earned the money! When a man is initiated, he is cared for by the Master. Those who have not been initiated, their money is not looked after by anybody.
Whatever they give will have to be repaid. You must have compassion, you must share with others. Don’t give anything with the hope of return, for something that you will have in the afterlife. That is not what is wanted. Give it once and for all, share with others. They are your brothers and sisters in God. Do you now understand what is meant by charity? These things are not explained in books. Don’t accept anything for your own personal self. So, the main rule is, earn your own livelihood by honest means, first of all, and then share with others, maybe the least amount that you can. The more you can give, while looking after your family circumstances, so much the better. Then, you will ultimately give everything for the sake of God. We should give without the least hope of return, as a selfless service. We are all brothers and sisters in God.
There was once a saint, Bab Kahan was his name, to whom Baba Sawan Singh used to give Rs. 10 every time he met him at Peshawar. Once Baba Sawan Signh was on field service and earned a good amount, one or two thousand rupees. He met Baba Kahan again at that time. I also met him, since I was in Peshawar at the time.
Baba Kahan said to Baba Sawan Singh, “Well, look here, I want Rs. 20 this time.” The Master said to him, “What, are you becoming greedy?”
“Not the least,” replied Bab Kahan, “I want the extra so that the poison may be taken away from all this money that you have earned. Before you were earning less, and I took Rs. 10 and it was given away to the poor. I want Rs.20 now only for the reason that you have more money. Let it be shared with others.” He did not accept anything for himself. This is what is meant by giving.
If we give something, and we want some return, that is not selfless service. In your diaries, you have got one column for this. It means something, and it is for your own good. Do you follow the purpose for which charity is meant? If you want return, action and reaction will come back. But a mother, whose children are hungry, will take out a morsel from her own mouth and give it to her children. She does not care for any return. So, help others with that angle of vision, with that spirit.
We give sometimes for show. That is for name and fame only. That kind of charity is no charity. Christ said, “If one hand gives something, let not your other hand know about it.” So this is what is meant by charity.
One of the Mohammedan saints, who happened to be a woman, once prepared to go to Mecca on a pilgrimage. Mecca is a place of pilgrimage for Mohammedans and is located in Arabia. She had some money for the journey and as she was about to start, she noticed some poor, hungry fellow in the neighborhood. She gave everything away to him and then was not able to go to the place of the pilgrimage. What was the result? An angel appeared to her, and said that her pilgrimage was accepted.
Do you understand what this means? The man who lives on his own earnings, earned by the sweat of his brow, honestly, and who shares with others, is fit to progress on the spiritual way. Do not give for the sake of compensation, or a return. Give for the sake of sharing with others. That is your duty towards your brothers and sisters.
Once Christ was sitting in a gathering and his mother came and sat behind him. Somebody told Christ that his mother had come, and he said, “These are my brothers and sisters, they are also my mothers.” All Masters behave this way.
When our Master went to his own place, the poor came to him and he served them like anyone else. To serve others, to live for others, is really a criterion to know who is a man. We are all beasts in men.
Therefore, the subject today is, earn your livelihood by honest means first. Then, share with others as best you can. Begin with the least you can afford, maybe 1/10th, maybe 1/40th, but you must give something.
Here I have made a rule. Those who give more than thirty or forty rupees should come to me. I must see whether they are in a position to give or not. Sometimes, out of devotion, we want to give everything at the sacrifice of our own children. Those who give little are most welcome. Their donations are received with great appreciation. They are not refused. However, sometimes I find that it is the people who cannot afford to give, who want to send in their money without mentioning their name. Once I had this case. Sometimes I refuse; sometimes I return it all, sometimes I accept half, only to see if not anybody out of devotion cares for their family. That is my concern. It is also my concern to look after your interests. Therefore, the case I mentioned before concerned a man who used to give Rs. 150 a month. His whole monthly income was not more than Rs 200. How could he afford to give Rs. 150 out of Rs. 200? So, I looked into the matter, and found that he had not given his name. I asked that the man come forward during Satsang, as I had kept the money in trust for him and had taken nothing.
Kenyans from across the nation, and despite of religious beliefs or race, are realizing the benefits of this 5,000 years old health management system. Kenyans are learning more about the indisputable benefits coming from practicing yoga such as the alleviation of the severity of medical conditions such as asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, gastro- intestinal issues, Varicose veins and depression.
Although there’s palpable evidence if the many great benefits of yoga, it has taken some time for the general public to stop seeing yoga as a form religion.
To simplify what yoga is, we can say that is a health management system that is focused on Asana – movement-, and Pranayama – breathing- These two are put together in a series of well balanced poses, each with part of the body in focus.
One example of how well balanced yoga is, would be the sun salutations. These salutations generate heat which allow for the muscles to stretch and open without too much resistance. Yoga is also known for being a very demanding physical activity that, as we know helps with, among other things burn calories and to obtain flexibility.
With the popularity Yoga has gained through the past decade or so, more types of yoga have arise. This, at times, can be confusing for the newbie that is trying to find a class to join. within the varied types of yoga there’s some that focus on fluid movements. In this category we find Ashtanga , Power Yoga,
Here at Yandara Yoga, part of our lessons is to ensure our students understand how to explain the many styles to their students, while enjoyining this beautiful retreat. Come and join us!
Asana is a Sanskrit word which also refers to posture. Literally, it means “seat”. At first, Asana provided the secure postures that help an individual in attaining a lengthy meditation. As one of classical Yoga’s eight limbs, it is said to be that postures should be in a state of relaxed, comfortable, steady and yet firm.
Some people think that Asana is just about stretching the muscles but more than that it opens the chakras (energy channels) of the body. The body is strengthened and purified while the mind is controlled and focused as one performs the Asana. This is why it is important that one breathes deeply and slowly in holding Asana to enable a good stretch without being strained or in pain.
Yoga poses or Asana consists of basic postures which includes Seated, Twisted, Inversions, Balancing, Forward/Backward/Side Bending, Core strengthening, Hip Opening, Prone, Standing and Supine. From these basic Yoga postures, there have other sub-categories. Let us take a look at the different Yoga postures and the other poses under each basic posture.
Seated Yoga Poses –These poses are more suited for beginners as it can be adjusted to any flexibility and level of strength. It also focuses more on an individual’s flexibility more than the strength and it is energetically grounding compared to other basic type of yoga poses.
|Basic Level||Beginner’s Level|
|Accomplished (Siddhasana)Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)Cat Tilt (Marjarjasana)Child (Blasana)Dog Tilt (Syanasana)
Extended Dognose (Uthita Syanasana)
Half Prayer Twist (Ardha Namaskar Parsvakonasana)
High Lunge (Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana)
Low Warrior (Ardha Yirabhadrasana I)
One Leg Boat (Eka Pada Nayasana)
Belly Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana)
Knee Down Twist (Sunta Matsyendrasana)
Threading the Needle (Sucirandhrasana)
|Balancing Bound Angle (Dandayamna baddha konasana)Balancing Table (Paripurna Navasana)Boat (Catuspadapitham)Crab (Ardha Pincha)Dolphin (Mayurasana)
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
Downward Facing Frog (Adho Mukha Mandukasana)
Extended Legsquat (Parighasana)
Half Camel (Ardha Ustrasana)
Half Circle (Ardha Mandalasana)
Halflord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Half Pyramid (Ardha Parsvottanasana)
Half Upright Seated Angle (Ardha Urdhva Upavishta Konasana)
One Handed Tiger (Eka Hasta Vyaghrasana)
Tiptoe Pose (Prapadasana)
|Intermediate Level||Advanced Level|
|Camel (Ustrasana)Cow face (Gomukhasana)Crane (Bakasana)Firelog (Agnistambhasana)Flowering Lotus
Halflord of the fishes (Ardha matsyendrasana)
Half Lotus (Ardha Padmasana)
Headstand Prep (Ardha Shirshasana)
Inclined Plane (Purvottanasana)
Low Plank (Ardha Phalakasana)
One Leg Downward Facing Dog (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Revolved Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
|Full Lotus (Padmasana)|
Inversions Yoga Poses
|Beginner Level||Intermediate Level|
|Dolphin (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)Half Shoulder Stand (Ardha Sarvangasana)||Headstand Prep (Ardha Shirshasana)Plow (Halasana)|
Balancing Yoga Poses - These poses focuses more on the individual’s ability to balance by also enhancing the mind control and focus.
|Basic Level||Beginner Level|
|Tree (Vrikshasana)||Balancing Bound Angle (Dandayamna Baddha Konasana)Half Upright Seated Angle (Ardha Urdhva Upavishta Konasana )Shiva Twist (Parivrtta Natarajasana)tiptoe pose prapadasana|
|Intermediate Level||Advance Level|
|Crane (Bakasana)Dancer (Natarajasana)Eagle (Garudasana)Extended Hand to Toe (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)
Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)
Revolved Half Moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana)
Upright Seated Angle (Urdhva Upavishta Konasana)
Warrior III (virabhadrasana III)
Strengthening Yoga Poses
|Basis Level||Beginner Level|
|Half Forward Fold (Ardha Uttanasana)One Leg Boat (Eka Pada navasana)||Balancing TableBoat (Paripurna navasana)Plank (Phalakasana)|
|Intermediate Level||Advance Level|
|Crane (Bakasana)inclined plane (purvottanasana)low plank (ardha Phalakasana)|
Back Bending Yoga
|Basic Level||Beginner Level|
|Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)Dog tilt (Svanasana)
Extended Dog (Utthita Svanasana)
|Chair (Utkatasana)Cobra (Bhujangasana)
|Intermediate Level||Advance Level|
|Bow (Dhanurasana)Camel (Ustrasana)|
Forward Bending Poses
|Cat Tilt (Marjariasana)Child (Balasana)
Seated Yoga Seal (Upavistha Yoga Mudra)
|Half Pyramid (Ardha Parsvottanasana)Pyramid (Parsvottanasana)|
|Half-bound Lotus Forward Fold (Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana)|
Yoga beginners and enthusiasts alike, one would often hear Sanskrit words, or phrases that sometimes seem like out of this world. Many people are still not familiar with Sanskrit and they do not understand what it is, and its relevance to Yoga.
What is Sanskrit?
Sanskrit is considered to be the very origin and the oldest language recognized by man. It is said to be where all languages have evolved or arisen. In fact, Sanskrit was the language used in the earliest accepted scriptures of the human race or the “Vedas”. The Indians firmly believed that during the Vedic period (about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago) the Devas or the God’s language is Sanskrit and so it was also recognized as the Divine speech or as the “Daivi Vak”.
The language became more apparent in the 7th century BC. It is during this time when Panini, the great grammarian, systematized this language with his grammar and from then on it was referred to as “Samskritam”. Popular and important numerous classic literatures on philosophical, spiritual, cultural and scientific texts (including physical sciences, astronomy, architecture, astrology, and medicine) used the Sanskrit language as their means of expressing, sharing and recording their views, thoughts and ideas.
The Significance of the Sanskrit language
Quantum physics explained to us that any object or phenomena consists of vibration that has its own composite or unique patterns. As such, it is assumed that the Universe’s vibration is where the Sanskrit language originated from. Each Sanskrit word has its own inherent sound. If an individual’s mind is free from anything and is utterly pure then it can replicate the exact figure or object’s image when they hear the Sanskrit word. The same thing happens when the Sanskrit word is pronounced perfectly, the occurrence has the power or influence to manifest the particular image or object in one’s mind. It is for this reason that the Sanskrit language was referred to as the perfect language.
This is why you would often hear a chanting of the mantra and during the Vedic era it was regularly practiced because it is the core of the Sanskrit language. However today there are only a handful of people who are not aware of the essence of perfectly enunciating the Sanskrit words. Moreover there is lesser number of individuals who keep a pure mind. At this rate, most people are experiencing a hard time creating the images in their mind.
Yoga and Sanskrit
Yoga is all about joining and creating a harmonious relationship between the body and mind together for a healthy and balanced state of being. Yoga has become a philosophy and spiritual approach to anyone who wants and needs self-contentment and pure blissfulness. As Yoga became to be popular in the modern Western world, the Sanskrit language became less and less visible or known. People who are in Yoga today are not even aware of the Sanskrit language’s underlying power which has led to lack of understanding. So to re-educate everyone, it would be important to at least know the basic Sanskrit Yoga words:
Asanas – This word refers to a series of poses or postures designed to groom the mind and body for meditation
Chakra – This refers to a person’s sacred energy-centers. There are seven energy-centers in an individual’s body where vital energy is stored and released
Namaste – This is an Indian traditional greeting which and expresses respect and honor the divine presence in the individual they are greeting
Pranayama – Refers to the breath control and exercises fundamental to Yoga
Yogi – Signifies a person who is proficient, mastered the practices, and teaches Yoga
If it is a good thing to be rich, then we should make others rich, but we can only do that if we give others a portion of ourselves. The master Baba Sawan Singh started out by giving 1/10th, eventually started giving everything to his master, named Baba Jaimal Singh. Baba Jaimal Singh would always return something for the family to live off. Baba Sawan Sighn just simply laid everything at the feet of his master, and in return, the master made sure that he had enough to take care of his family. Our master Baba Sawan Singh always said that it was a good thing to give that 1/10th of what you have. In order to do this, you must keep careful accounting of your expenses, and you will find that things always work out. The return is well worth it, because the more that you give, the more that you will receive.
Christ himself said, “If ye want to enter the Kingdom of God, and then sell everything that you have.” This is the ultimate example of giving up everything to your master. Man should learn to earn honest livelihoods, and then share that with others. You should not stagnate, because stagnation will cause you to feel horrible inside. If you want to have self-service in a spiritual way, then you must earn an honest living and share it with others. Start out simply, with whatever you can afford to give, until you can work up to giving everything for God. This has been what has happened since the beginning of time, ever since Abraham, who gave 1/10th of his valuables.
There are two ways to provide self-service. The first way is through selfless service. If someone is sick, go and serve them. The thought of the Masters has always been to take the help the poor and the needy and raise them up to the level of any other man. If we do that, then everyone would begin to do it, and then there would no longer be poor and hungry in the world. Why are there poor and needy in the world? Because we don’t share. When we share with others, our self expands. When you give, you feel joy inside. That is the reward for sharing. However, don’t give with the hope or expectation that there will be a return. Give purely for the sake of sharing with others. Be selfless. Sometimes, the reward that we get for sharing is to get into heaven. Right now, we feed our children richly, while the children of our neighbors die of starvation. This is not the right way.
From the book, “Morning Talks,” by Sant Kirpal Singh
Every year, Lululemon Athetlica, organizes a program called “Salutation Nation.” As part of this program, thousand of communities of yogis worldwide come together to practice as one. The Tuscaloosa yoga community joined them for the first time. Over 30 people splayed out on their mats, in complete silence in savasana, – corpse pose- at the UA recreation Center at 9:54 p.m. on Saturday Sept 12.
The purpose of the event was to observe National Yoga Month, created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. September is the Month for National Yoga.
During the event, Jess Smith – senior year in communicative disorders, – Lead the University’s Salutation nation proceedings. “We are doing karmic yoga, which is all about sending out good intentions.” She also said the main purpose of the event ws to promote positive feelings and sense of unity. Smith instructed the group to slow down and breathe 4 times during the practice, as she reminded them to envisage their gratitude within as well as globally.
Another participant also felt the good vibe:
“It was neat to know that we were doing yoga at the same time as people all over the world,” said Diana Jones, a yoga instructor at the Recreation Center.
Lynn Andrews, a resident at Tuscaloosa, was a bit worried of the event being turned into an advertisement gimmick from Lululemon but at the end felt satisfied to see a balance between the amount of marketing and yoga.
Another resident from Tuscaloosa, Cathy Elliot said. “It was a different feel to doing yoga outside.”
Smith said, “Most people start yoga for the physical aspect,” she said, “but they usually find that they can’t help but take it off the mat and apply the benefits to the rest of their life. They keep coming back for the mental and emotional benefits that yoga promotes.”
To end the Tuscaloosa first session of Salutation Nation by encouraging everyone to take “gratitude off the mat and into the rest of the day.” She is one of the yoga instructors with 200-hour yoga teacher training. Like her, you too could be a yoga trainer! Join us at Yandara for your trainning and a beautiful retreat.
Physical life is a series of breaths. Natural humans breathe correctly. Civilized humans have become programmed with improper methods and attitudes of sitting, standing, and walking, which have robbed them of their birthright of natural and correct breathing. This lack of complete breathing has always been a contributing factor in disease. Air contains more than oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen; it also carries what we can refer to as the Life Force. The Life Force is linked closely to and has electric, magnetic, and gravitic properties. Correct application of this is said to treat disease, fear, worry, and the baser emotions.
We are oxygen-based life forms. We thrive in oxygen. You, me, them, it, and all the bodies, animals, and plants have spent Eons evolving while surrounded by, and swimming in, a sea of oxygen which is itself swimming in a sea of magnetic/gravitic particles of sunlight energy. Oxygen stores the sun’s energy so that all life can feed off of it. Even anaerobes (life forms that do not use oxygen) require oxygen using life forms to live in or around, because oxygen carries the energy of life itself. Prana, Chi, Ki, and Bions are all names for the Life Force stored in Oxygen. ‘Pneuma’ as in air, is ancient text for ‘Soul.’ Ozone, from the Greek, is a form of oxygen so important that the translation means, ‘The Breath of God.’
Oxygen from the air comes in contact with the impure blood in our lungs. Here a form of combustion takes place where the blood takes up oxygen and releases carbonic acid gas generated from the waste products and poisonous matter gathered up by the blood flowing through all parts of the system. The blood is then purified and oxygenated, carried back to the heart, and again becomes rich, bright red, and loaded with life giving qualities and properties.
Anoxia literally means: ‘A lack of oxygen.’ Society has created a world full of anoxia, and that is the problem we are facing on an international scale. Through industrialization and pollution based on ego and greed, we have destroyed the natural balance of Nature. We’ve lowered the amount of fresh oxygen normally found in our environment. We need this oxygen back to help us flourish and maintain good health.
The simplest solution can be found in conscious complete breathing. Nostril breathing is far superior to mouth breathing. Our nostrils are an important filtering and staining system, purifying the air that reaches our delicate organs. Breathing can be classified four ways.
1. High in the lungs (collarbone), requiring the most expenditure of energy and the least benefit; it is practiced unconsciously by most of us.
2. Mid-lung (ribs).
3. Low in the lungs (deep).
4. Complete breath, effortlessly pulling down the diaphragm and filling the body with oxygen from bottom to top.
The complete breath contains all the best of the other three, with their shortcomings eliminated. It must be performed with total relaxation. You can learn this easiest while lying down, and after practicing it can be done when sitting, standing, and then all the time. Usually when we take a deep breath we fill the upper part of our lungs, then the middle, then try and force more air in deeper. The complete breath is performed in the opposite order-from the bottom up-and without force, and breathing only through the nose.
The consciousness explorers expand upon this exercise to induce a state where they imagine themselves as part of giving and receiving love to and from everything. But for beginners it is enough to use this to increase our cellular oxygenation. The average person has a lung capacity of 250cc, but with a few weeks of daily practice it is possible to double this. The yogis sate that when the capacity reaches 750cc the intuitional powers develop more fully.
We are truly wondrous creations.
In September 2, Reuters Health published and articles that talk about yoga classes being helpful to those patients with type 2 diabetes. According Diabetes Care journal, yoga keeps the sugar levels where it is safe and helps with weight loss.
The study was conducted in 123 senior citizens and middle age patients. The result of the study showed that those patients who added yoga to their ongoing workout, were able to loose a few pounds and their sugar levels were steady over three months. On the other hand, those who didn’t join any yoga classes had their sugar levels going up.
The result didn’t in any way suggest that yoga should be a replacement to any other form of exercise since diabetes type 2 is often associated with obesity and high impact workouts work better, says Shareelaxmi V. Hedge from Srinivas Institute of Medical Science nd Research Center in Mangalore, India.
From 123 participants, 60 took yoga classes throughout the week. The average BMI — a measure of weight in relation to height — declined from 25.9 to 25.4. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight. Another positive aspect of yoga practices is that the oxidative stress declined in the yoga group.
Oxidative stress is a definition used for levels of free radicals or oxygen species that damage byproducts of energy use in cells. Long-term oxidative stress is believed to contribute to a host of chronic diseases.
During the study, the participants’ blood levels of certain chemicals showed oxidative stress. Hegde’s team found that, on average, the yoga group is dipped by 20%.
According to Hedge, if the decline in oxidative stress were kept through time, diabetes complications would be less. It means less damage to the blood vessels of the eyes, and less kidney and heart disease. Still, more long-term studies will be needed to verify whether this theory holds true or not.