The Yoga- A Science, An Art, A Philosophy, A Religion, A Non-Religion?
What is the YOGA? Is it a science? Is it an art? Is it a philosophy? Is it a religion? Is it a non-religion? What is it after all...?
Well, the YOGA is a true science, art, philosophy, secular-religion and non-religion in itself...!
The yoga is a secular religion. The yoga can't and must not be bound with any specific traditional religion or the spiritual-path. Yes, it is true that the practitioners of any particular tradition, traditional religion or path might have made more contributions than the followers of the others...!
Then, why is it useful to follow the Yogas associated with certain seemingly religious or spiritual masters/experts? The reason is: Such a really genuine master/expert brings with oneself the spiritual power, a part of which is passed on to the genuine seeker-follower...!
Although, it must be admitted honestly that no master/expert can help any seeker-follower beyond a certain stage until the concerned seeker-follower oneself is prepared, willing and ready for the onward Yoga-journey...! For example, even the great Lord Budha during Lord Budha's own life-time could not help his own elder brother Aananda achieve spiritual-salvation/enlightenment. It was only later after sometime of the Lord Budha having departed from this physical world that Aananda one day suddenly came to have the spiritual enlightenment!
If you don't prefer the word ‘Secular' or ‘Religion', well you may call it a non-religion aimed at cleansing your body and making it healthy...! Whichever way and by whatever name you may prefer to call the Yoga, the Yoga remains one of your best friends in life...!
Each traditional religion or the spiritual-path seems to be practising certain useful Yoga-techniques, wittingly or unwittingly.
Each physical posture is a kind of the Aasana. The Yoga being taught traditionally is based on the Aasanas and the Prannaayaamas that have really been found useful through the use and experimentation over many generations.
Well, one is free to carry out further experiments in the field of the Yoga. But, one must take care that any further new kind of the Yoga is not taught to others until it has really been found useful...!
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