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International Yoga Day 2017

The greatest thing is meditation. It is the nearest approach to spiritual life - the mind meditating. It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material - the Soul thinking of Itself, free from all matter - this marvelous touch of the Soul!
~ Swami Vivekananda

The world will be celebrating the International Yoga Day on 21 June 2017. This year Sant Nivruttinath Punyatithi and Pradosh also falls on the same day making it more special. I believe you all know why 21 June was picked to celebrate this day. It was not a coincidence or arbitrary selection. It has some yogic significance.

June 21 is considered the longest day of the year. That means the Sun will be rising early and setting late as far as the northern hemisphere is concerned. Thus we get maximum exposure to the Sun. This day - summer solstice - marks the beginning of Dakshinayana. Dakshinayana is a six month period when the Sun begins southward movement in the sky (earth's sky). On the same lines the winter solstice falls in December and marks the beginning of Uttarayana.

That means this day - 21 June - is associated with the Sun. Various people have given the significance of Dakshinayana and Uttarayana. I won't go into those details here. What I want to mention is the role of the Sun in Yoga or Indian spirituality.

The Sun and the Moon have been mentioned time and again in a mystical and esoteric ways throughout Yoga Shastra. The Sun represents Atman or intellect whereas the Moon represents the mind. Natha Sampradaya and Kundalini Yoga in general has always emphasized that whatever is there  in macrocosm exists in the microcosm. So, the Sun shining in the sky has a counterpart in the human body. From yogic perspective the Sun represents spiritual Wisdom and Knowledge. Sun also represents one's intellect or Buddhi. The Gayatri Mantra, which is associated with the Sun, invokes the Buddhi aspect of the human personality. The Moon, on the other hand, represents mind or emotions.

These two - the Sun and the Moon - are in a way opposing forces. One is bright, wise and knowledge filled. And the other is mild, pleasant, and emotion filled. The Sun is also considered a masculine force and the Moon is considered as a feminine force. The shaivas equate the Sun with Lord Shiva. The Sun represents the right nostril or Pingala Nadi and rules the left part of the brain - the part considered responsible for intellectual, rational and logical activities. An ordinary person is often ruled by his emotions rather than knowledge. As you mature spiritually the wisdom and knowledge starts ruling the emotions. You then clearly understand what is good and what is bad. What is truth and what is not.

When we worship the Sun in any form - be it Sun Salutations or offering Arghya - we are actually invoking the inner Sun. We are reminding ourselves time and again that the ultimate purpose of human life is to acquire that Knowledge which dispels all the worldly ignorance and bondages.

We should, therefore, remember that Yoga is not merely about physical fitness. It is far more about mind and atman. As I have said elsewhere - Yoga is a balancing act; more so for the mind than the body. Mind rules the body. And you can rule the mind using meditation. So, meditation is an indispensible tool for anybody aspiring to be a yogi.

Ok. Now something exclusively for my Yoga students -

Let's take this opportunity to Meditate together in a bit different way. Here is what we will do:

On 21 June 2017 all of us will meditate between 6:01 AM to 6:31 AM (IST) in our own meditation room. Imagine this - You, Me and a bunch of my students scattered in overseas countries Meditating in our respective meditation rooms on the same day, at the same time and a same set of kriyas. Isn't that amazing?!

Physically we will be scattered but what binds us together is the omnipresent Guru Tatva, our Spiritual Sadhana and devotion acting as a conductor for the divine vibrations. During this time window all will practice the whole set of kriyas that was taught to you. All the kriyas should be practiced exactly as taught and will be accompanied by the corresponding Hand Mudras. The meditation session will be followed by at least 5 minutes of silence.

Wish you all a happy and wisdom filled International Yoga Day 2017. Stay blessed!

Bipin Joshi is an independent software consultant and trainer by profession specializing in Microsoft web development technologies. Having embraced the Yoga way of life he is also a yoga mentor, meditation teacher, and spiritual guide to his students. He is a prolific author and writes regularly about software development and yoga on his websites. He is programming, meditating, writing, and teaching for over 27 years. To read more about him go here. More details about his Kriya and Meditation online course are available here.

Posted On : 20 June 2017