The Art Of Yogaby Teresa Pierson entrepreneur
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?Which is the form of meditation that came to be foremostly employed by seekers after
liberation? What should be the object of meditation by such seekers? The form of meditation
that came to manifest as the foremost of all, for the regeneration of all seekers, was the First
Word, indicative of Brahman: the Syllable Om. Meditation on Om should be resorted to by
seekers after liberation. This Syllableis the Supreme Brahman.?? (Atharvashikha Upanishad
1:1,2) (Please see the Glossary for the definition of unfamiliar words and also for brief
biographical information on unfamiliar persons.)
Yoga is all about freedom. Only a fraction of the world?s population is formally imprisoned,
but the entire human race is imprisoned in the body and the earth itself. None are free from
the inevitability of sickness, age, and death, however free of them they may be at the moment.
The human condition is subject to innumerable limitations. Who really controls his life fully,
attains all his goals, and knows no setbacks of any kind? No one.
Our real self, the spirit, is ever perfect and free. But we have forgotten that. So we identify
with our present experience of bondage and consequently suffer in countless ways. Our
situation is like someone who is asleep and dreaming that he is being tortured and beaten. In
reality he is not being touched at all; yet he is experiencing very real pain and fear. He need
not placate, overpower, or escape his torturers. He needs only to wake up. Yoga is the
procedure of self-awakening.
Om Yoga is the way to freedom from suffering and limitation. ?What world does he who
meditates on Om until the end of his life, win by That? If he meditates on the Supreme Being
with the Syllable Om, he becomes one with the Light, he is led to the world of Brahman Who
is higher than the highest life, That Which is tranquil, unaging, immortal, fearless, and supreme.?
(Prashna Upanishad 5:1,5,7)
Regarding Om, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1:28) simply says: ?Its repetition and meditation
is the way.? The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as the Yoga Sutras, advocate
meditation on Om, the sacred syllable that both symbolizes and embodies Brahman, the
Absolute Reality. (See Chapter Eight: Om in the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Yoga Sutras.)
It is my hope that you will test for yourself the spiritual alchemy of Om Yoga that is set
?This is the bridge to immortality. May you be successful in crossing over to the farther
shore of darkness.? (Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.6)
Swami Nirmalananda Giri
Atma Jyoti Ashram
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