Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What is Yoga - The search for the true meaning

Yoga is one of the most popular modern therapy systems today in the world accepted fully in the west and east. To know yoga it is necessary to understand the meaning of the word 'Yoga'.

The root word of Yoga is 'YUJ'. YUJ has two meanings.

One is "Yujir yoge" which means union or to join: While joining at the lower physical levels can mean joining the money(dhanayoga) or any other material, it would mean the union of atma and paramatma at the higher levels.

The second meaning is "Yuj samadhau" which means samadhi. It is the higher state of mind which is detached from physical world. At this stage the mind is very strong and can control the world through knowledge. "Samyak adhiyate iti samadhih" means thorough knowledge is samadhi.

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