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Old 11-30-2006, 04:39 PM
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The real meaning of the word Yoga means meeting the Satguru.

The real meaning of the word Yoga means meeting the Satguru. The word Yoga comes from the verb “Yuj”, which means the union. Satguru is the human incarnation of the Lord. The Lord will exhibit the Maya consisting of the three qualities. When the devotees are tested, this Maya is mainly made of the full expression of Rajas and Tamas. Such Maya is used to test your firm faith and your assimilation of the spiritual knowledge. By this devotees generally run away and such Maya of the Lord Datta is very strong and He appears as drunkard and fond of prostitutes. When Kartaveeryarjuna approached Him with his defective hands, the Lord broke the two hands. But he continued in the service with blind faith and got thousand hands. Thus we should have patience in the tests of the Lord. Lord Krishna also showed several defects like steeling the butter, dancing with the women etc., to divert the devotees. In order to have patience in His tests without being disturbed by Rajas and Tamas, you must have a pre-training in this world to raise yourself beyond these three qualities.

In fact the Lord is beyond these three qualities and is untouched by them. To get such kind of patience before the Lord, you have to take training in the world. In such training you will develop the patience to face these divine tests from the Lord in human form. Therefore, Yoga is defined as the union or achievement of this equilibrium unperturbed by these three qualities. Yoga is defined by the Lord as this equilibrium (Samatvam Yoga Uchyate—Gita). In the chapter “Atmasamyama Yoga” the details of such training are mentioned. You have to receive both the friend and enemy with equality (Suhrunmitraryudasinah—Gita). By this you will treat the Lord with the same devotion even if He reacts as enemy towards you to test your faith. The Lord also tests your attachment with the worldly bonds with reference to His bond. You must prove that His bond is highest. For this you have to reduce the attractions in the world. Such reduction of your attractions is a part of Yoga and is useful directly before the Lord.

You should serve the Lord without aspiring anything in return and you must treat both the respect and insult with equality (Sukha Duhkhe Same, Manavamanayoh—Gita). You must treat both profit and loss with equality because when you approach the Lord you may sometimes get loss instead of profit. Without undergoing such training to achieve self-control or Atma Samyama, one cannot succeed in the tests of the Lord. Sudama developed such self-control during the poverty for a long time. He did not do any sin inspite of the suffering of his family members with poverty. Such training helped him when he went to Lord Krishna. He stayed with the Lord for a few days. During this period he never asked the Lord for anything. The Lord also sent him back without even a trace of help. Sudama never criticised the Lord for not doing any help. He succeeded in the test of the Lord and achieved infinite wealth. Thus Gita gives the real meaning of Yoga, which is the self-control without being attracted by diversions.

Such diversions are these charkas, which are nothing but the obstructions to pass in the test of the Lord. This training is like one full year academic course and is very important. The test of the Lord is a matter of three-hour examination at the end of the year. If you have finished this training, the Lord Himself will come to you in human form, conduct the test and will give you the certificate. Therefore you should concentrate on the Gita, which is called as Yoga Sastra or The scripture of Yoga. The examiner, examination and the certificate are consequent steps, which will take place spontaneously on the divine will. Therefore the study of Gita helps you really on this day of festival and eating these sweets leads only to problems of indigestion. Praising the examiner with songs (Bhajans) also will not help you because the examiner is very clever and strict and cannot be soaped. It is better to hear His divine knowledge, assimilate and pass the examination.

Such path gives you a dignity and respect to the divine teacher also. Instead of taking this royal path, why are you sorting to unlawful means of soaping like chanting His name (Japam), worshipping Him (Puja), singing (Bhajans) in order to get such certificates. Hanuman never did these things except participating in the service of the Lord. He never aspired anything in return to his service also. He was made the future creator (Brahma) by the Lord and this is the highest certificate. Therefore you can get the highest fruit from the Lord if you practice Yoga in this world in your day-to-day life, which gives you all the necessary training to succeed in the test of the Lord.

Looking at the goal should not discourage you, because the goal is very far with so many difficulties. You may fear that you may not reach the goal before the end of this human birth. You keep on trying for it and be in constant trail (Sadhana). In such case the Lord will co-operate with you by granting you any number of human births. The Lord will do His part (Daivamchaivatra—Gita). Even if you slip back in such a trail you will be still granted the human re-birth with favourable spiritual atmosphere (Yogabrashtobhijayate—Gita). But you should sincerely put your effort and should not act artificially. The Lord is omniscient and you cannot fool Him and get the rare human rebirth.
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