The method, in which Lord Krishna imparted instructions to Arjuna, indicates how a perfect management technique was used by Him to bolster the morale of a dejected warrior. Here a careful distinction needs to be made about the limitations of mastering the various yoga asanas (postures) and physical improvement techniques, without tuning the mind appropriately. Such an individual will always remain an incomplete personality, suffering from maladjustments in life in one form or the other. Instructions for any asana and its perfect adaptation and execution, are in the ultimate analysis, physical level trainings. One uses the body for performance and the mind for understanding the technique. But the wise masters of Yoga proclaim that each asana has something divine to contribute to the overall growth of an individual.
At the conclusion of each chapter of Bhagavad-Gita, a term that is invariably mentioned is worth noticing. “Yogashastre Shri Krishnarjuna Sanvade.” It is repeated eighteen times. This means, the conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna relates to aphorisms of Yoga. The text, therefore, is a Yoga treatise. Through the initial eleven long chapters Lord Krishna reveals the theoretical aspect of Yoga, with all the power of reasoning at his command, and yet Arjuna remains confused. Such a situation is anticipated by the Lord. So, in the eleventh Chapter Lord Krishna decides that the time has come for the final act—to make Arjuna transcend his mind barrier. He blesses him with the Third Eye (Divine Vision) with which Arjuna will have the glimpse of the divinity within him, and of which he is not aware until then. The Lord changes his role for the time being from Arjuna’s charioteer to his Perfect Master.
The result is instant as the Lord’s act is now decisively divine. On being blessed with such Supreme Knowledge what is Arjuna’s experience? I quote from Gita,
Divi suryasahasrasya bhavedhyugpadutthita,
Yadi bha sadrashi saa syaddhyasasthasya mahatmana(11:12)
In short, he experiences the Light within, and its splendor is equivalent to light of thousands of suns. This is the beginning of true knowledge.
What I have been trying to emphasize though my initial articles on yoga published in the Indian Bloggers is, the ultimate purpose of all yoga asanas is to transcend the mind. Any secular procedures like telling the beads etc. will never lead to direct experiencing. Mechanical style of chanting or repeating any words or sentences will not lead to fructifying results. Saint Kabir(1) says the final words on the subject.
Sadguru aisa keejiye pare nishane chot,
Sumiran aisa keejiye jeebh hile na hoth.
Seek that Perfect Master who has the divine strength to make you experience the Lord in your breath. And then contemplate. Yoga asanas practiced after this experiencing will be strength- giving both physically as well as for your inner being.
…..Yes, I have experienced the grace of such a Perfect Master. Write to me through the columns of Indian Blogger and I will provide you the information. This is no stunt; no publicity; no admission fees are involved. I do not have any hidden agenda. Reject me, if what I say is incorrect. It is your birthright to know the truth. Only you need to have the true inquisitiveness to know and pursue the path of yoga in its truest sense.
In the articles to follow, we move to yoga postures and their benefits for the body and the inner world of an individual.
(1) Saint Kabir (1398-1518 AD.) was a Realized Saint and a great mystic poet.