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It is believed that human beings err because of the limitations in the nervous system that carry information from the external world to the brain for processing. How does Yog and meditation help in this?
The limitation of the human
being is due to its unfixed mind. The Yog system identifies the root cause
of this, and provides a complete solution based on its system of Yam
(rules) and Niyam (regulations). There are eight steps of the Ashtaang Yog
system which gradually bring one up to the point of perfection (Samaadhi).
Before one begins the breathing exercises (Praanaayaam), the sitting postures
(Aasan) and the meditation, one must first purify his existence through
various rules and regulations. This is explained in the Ved as follows:
Thus the Yog system begins from the point of eating. We must regulate our selves starting with our food; and by this our existence becomes pure. As our existence is purified, the finer tissues in the memory develop. The knots in the nervous system become untied when the finer memory tissues are developed. Having come to this point one may actually begin Yog. Without coming to this stage of purification, any Yog endeavor is nothing more than gymnastics.
One who has developed this qualification to undertake Yog already has crossed the limitations you have mentioned.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/09
Updated on 04/12/12