She explained a few basic principles of yoga in such an easy language that the point went home instantly. The one most important point which she touched was the extroversion ofmind, its reasons and causes of failure in meditation. She said that, “Life is a Tapa i.e, austerity if done willingly. If you want peace and happiness in life practice ‘Vairagya’. And Vairagyav dose not mean renunciation or tyag. Viragya means freedom from Raag (attachment) and Dwesha (aversion). Unless and until you practice Vairagya you cannot be at peace with yourself. When we are attached to an object, we like it, we want to possess it. And who so ever stands in our way, we don't like it. when we like i.e, Raag and when we dislike i.e, Dwesha”. And I realized later on by introspection that how true she had been! Any situation which we like desperately, We want to be in that for as long as possible example-the people whom we like. And the people, whom we dislike,we donot want to be with them. We try to avoid meeting them as much as possible because gradually unawares we develop an aversion towards them. Same is the case with food, clothing and all other object, situations and people who happen to be there in our lifetime.
She said “if you have air conditioners or heaters, you enjoy them i.e, you enjoy Bhog if you have them. But if due to or other reasons they are not there, don’t let your mind run after them. That happens with food also .If we eat a tasty dish ,we want to have it when it is not prepared. And our mind though eating the other type of food keeps on thinking about it”. How true! That is what happens in the real life. How simply and beautifully she pointed out these big follies of our character which we keep on going day to day. ‘Live for the present moment’ is the gist of this teaching in body, mind and spirit.
She said that, “All of you have realized that there is no use of running after materialism. Because there is no end of this race. You may even die but desires are never ending. So to put a stop to that you have to look inside your mind. Too much introversion without proper preparation can be dangerous. It can lead to insanity. People think that they can close their eyes, try to meditate and mind would be calm instantly. No, in yoga it is not possible. You have to practice, practice and practice for years. It takes minimum 26 years to become a doctor, so how can you expect illumination in a few days or months or years. You can do it with a Sankalpa for 5 or 6 days in a week even for 10 minutes daily at the same time. Examples- on a dusty road if a car is driven to and fro. 100 times daily , gradually a track is formed. And if you donot drive for a few days, the rain washes. And if you want to make the track,you have to start again. Similarly you have to start again. Similarly you practice for a few days. Then you have some experience and you think oh! I have attained Samadhi and you stop the practice. The track, groove which had formed in the brain is washed off. And when you keep on practicing with patience and sincerety, new grooves are formed in the brain and a circuit may get linked to a special point which causes illumination. To learn music or painting, you have to practice, practice and practice. And this continuous practice in yoga is called ‘Abhyasa’ which is the only secret of success”. We all know that to learn anything with perfection we have to practice it regularly. Even then we become impatient or relaxed or lazy and drop the practice.
Another important point which she touched was our own judgement of our progress i.e, self assessment. If there is no progress evident to us, we become distressed and leave the practice. She said that “progress starts your practice. It may not be visible to you. When others tell you that how nice you that how nice you are looking. You realize the effect. Example- if your mirror is dirty or unclean you mirror see”. And I concluded that we should not be too hasty impatient to achieve great experiences. Samadhi is not that easy afterall. But on the way, we do get a lot of peace and happiness, that is why we keep on practicing it.
Karamyoga is greatly propagated by Paramguru Sivanand and Sri Swamiji. She is putting the teachings of these two great saints in practice in Rikhia peeth. She said that “while doing karamyoga along with awareness i.e, knowledge, gradually one improves. She said that knowledge gained froms books does not last comes from books does not last long i.e, only ‘Apara Gian’. And the knowledge that comes from with in is ‘para gian’ and the latter is the true knowledge. She said that karma means extroversion is sufficient to charge the mind completely for the whole day. So extroversion and introversion must go hand in hand. Doing karma and refining them a little then again the same process must go on over a long period of time. Then gradually as the mind becomes contented it automatically turns inside. Contentment (santosha) is a very important quality so let the mind get contented gradually, slowly while you are doing karmas and practicing little introversion. She very clearly said that practicing for 3 to 4 hours in the beginning does more harm than benefit. Too much introversion of mind abruptly without any expansion of chetna (awareness) can lead to depression. So even 10-15 minutes is enough if done daily at the same time. Taking out 1 hour from 24 hours is not very easy. So start with small amount of time but do it regularly at the same time.
And with great relief I realized that she had been right! Especially for householders taking out more time for practice is not usually possible. And as they cannot takeout more time, they just do not do it. so 10-15 minutes can easily be set aside by each and everyone for their daily practice without much difficult. Living in household one comes across lot of tumults of life which create tensions, anxieties and depression. And Yoga can be done to quieten the mind and give a sense of peace and serenity. And many health benefits make it an ideal choice for all age groups.