Welcome #YogaDay, albeit #Yogis extinct!

Sudhir Panda • 20 June 2015
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De-link technology or progressive propaganda from basic human value systems like Yoga, Roja or Soja - these poles hardly need to mate. Why should a normal living genome need genetic re-engineering just to dare nature or fulfill our preoccupied sinister plots and branding campaigns, think? Though a very welcome swing back to योग. Indeed, health is wealth, and like most things vedic, yoga is life enhancer. But should we sell ब्रह्मन् heritages like MBA degrees or packaged fast food? Redeeming fellow humans is a duty, no extra points to be scored.

Yogatattva Upanishad lists उपसर्ग (affliction) or dosha / विघ्न, yogis should strive to overcome: hunger, thirst, excitement, grief, anger, greed, corruption, sloth, boastfulness, bad company, mantras for wrong reasons, and longing for women. Unlike murky complex derivatives, modernism showcases, elitist diplomacy and similar things popular - vedas and upanishads were testimony to simplistic lifestyles our ancestors practiced and preached, which are getting replaced with some ChorBhakti / looter mantras for the sake of hyped development by raping our planet, mass fooling via mass media, what shame!

Despite on self-yoga since childhood, will celebrate this re-branded corporate yoga event for a day, albeit real Yogis missing / extinct! Did today's yogī or yoginī guru brands overcame all upasargas, and now out to manufacture international clones of young sadhus or सूत्रधार?

In real world, the practice of atma-vichara or self inquiry overrides hurriedness for fame, branding, paid followers and just gather non-healthy wealth, flagging that zero-sum development misnomer.

Why not a Right to Yoga Act for teaching alphabets of yoga starting from govt run kindergarten / गुरुकुल implemented without a drop of corruption or communal greed everywhere? It must be a generic fundamental right like no-fuss free mid-day meals, not a branded material service sold by commercial God-men cronies or fantasy models twisting and custom-posing yog on cameras for Bhog-vilās of all kinds. Why reinvent wheel about universal truths when the world is of full of other human-affliction issues that need urgent interventions! Sadly, only pumped brands, selfie leaders, populism and jugaad are winning. Nations, civil societies, value-systems and democracies are in private ICUs, undergoing some STEM stuff, humans can only wait.

International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly: June 21 the #YogaDay is just a formal remembrance, Yoga is like living things breathe, to be practiced eternally despite new tech influences. Do the Sun in high-sky make grand parties to celebrate lightning the solar system? An universal spiritual #SunDay (or #LunarDay) is inbuilt into every culture and religion! Some breathtaking yogic chants in Sanskrit / English that exist since thousands of years:

दुर्जनः सज्जनो भूयात् सज्जनः शान्तिमाप्नुयात्।
शान्तो मुच्येत बन्धेभ्यो मुक्तश्चान्यान् विमोचयेत्॥

स्वस्ति प्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां न्याय्येन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तुः नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु॥

काले वर्षतु पर्जन्यः पृथिवी सस्यशालिनी।
देशोऽयं क्षोभरहितो ब्राह्मणाः सन्तु निर्भयाः॥

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दु:खभाग्भवेत्॥

May the wicked become good, may the good realize peace, may the peaceful be released from all bondage; and may the released redeem others. Well be it with the people; may rulers protect the universe adhering the path of righteousness; may there be welfare always to peaceful spices and the learned; may all the worlds be happy. May the clouds rain at the proper time; may earth be rich with crops; may this country be free from riots and may the spiritual be free from fear. May everybody be happy; may everybody be free from disease; may everybody come by happy events; may nobody have any misery.

विद्या ददाति विनयं विनयाद्याति पात्रताम्
पात्रत्वाद्धनमाप्नोति धनाद्धर्मं ततः सुखम्
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Knowledge brings humility; from humility comes worthiness; with worthiness one performs dharma; in performing dharma, one becomes happy. Om, Lead us from Unreality to the Reality, lead us from the Darkness to the Spiritual Light, lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality, Om Peace, Peace, Peace. Ignore hypes, brands, celebrities... yog to re-nourish diluted human values and your very own natural ecosystems.

Stop. I am the last person who can be mistaken as yogi or preaching baba. Maybe just a bhogi? Judge for yourself #SuryaNamskar

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Sudhir Panda

A milestone in Advaita (Non-Duality) philosophy, which is popularly known as "Nirvana Shatakam"

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the five sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

i have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva.

Original sanskrit script :

मनो बुध्यहङ्कार चित्तानि नाहं
न च श्रोत्र जिह्वा न च घ्राणनेत्रम् ।
न च व्योम भूमिर्-न तेजो न वायुः
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 1 ॥

अहं प्राण सञ्ज्ञो न वैपञ्च वायुः
न वा सप्तधातुर्-न वा पञ्च कोशाः ।
नवाक्पाणि पादौ न चोपस्थ पायू
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 2 ॥

न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहो
मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः ।
न धर्मो न चार्धो न कामो न मोक्षः
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 3 ॥

न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दुःखं
न मन्त्रो न तीर्धं न वेदा न यज्ञः ।
अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 4 ॥

अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकार रूपो
विभूत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् ।
न वा बन्धनं नैव मुक्ति न बन्धः ।
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 5 ॥

न मृत्युर्-न शङ्का न मे जाति भेदः
पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्म ।
न बन्धुर्-न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्यः
चिदानन्द रूपः शिवोहं शिवोहम् ॥ 6 ॥

Note: Shiva refers to ब्रह्मन् (The universal yogi of consciousness).

May a token of "ʎɐp ɐboʎ lɐuoıʇɐuɹaʇuı" brings more humility & consciousness to re-nourish diluted human values & natural ecosystems.

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