Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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12 Apr 2024


The Path to Liberation: Understanding the Role of Yoga and Knowledge

The Path to Liberation: Understanding the Role of Yoga and Knowledge 

by Prof. Sampadananda Mishra
Director, Centre for Human Sciences, Rishihood University

Introduction: The importance of knowledge and yoga has been highlighted repeatedly in the vast world of spiritual and philosophical teachings. But rarely do we come across a concise and profound verse that summarises the essence of both these elements as beautifully as the Yogakalpadruma composed by Swami Brahmananda. This lesser-known Yoga text distills the wisdom of Patanjali, Yajnavalkya, and other ancient yogis into just twenty-five elegantly composed verses. The article aims to illuminate the relationship between knowledge, mind, and Yoga through a verse from Yogakalpadruma.

The verse is:
ज्ञानं वदन्तीह विमोक्षकारणं तज्जायते नैव विलोलचेतसि |
लौल्यं न योगेन विना प्रशाम्यति तस्मात्तदर्थं हि यतेत साधकः ||

jñānaṃ vadantīha vimokṣakāraṇaṃ tajjāyate naiva vilolacetasi |
laulyaṃ na yogena vinā praśāmyati tasmāttadarthaṃ hi yateta sādhakaḥ ||

The wise ones say that it is the jñānam or knowledge which is the gateway to liberation (vimokṣa-kāraṇa). But, that jñānam does not happen in a fickle mind (vilola-cetas). The fickleness or the unsteadiness of the mind does not dissipate without Yoga. Therefore, a sadhaka must make sincere efforts for practising Yoga.

Understanding the Verse
The verse begins by emphasizing the role of jñānam or knowledge as the key to liberation (vimokṣa-kāraṇa). This knowledge isn’t just any knowledge; it refers to a profound understanding, often associated with the realization of Brahman, the ultimate reality which is the source of all. This knowledge transcends worldly wisdom and is said to bring ultimate freedom.

The verse then draws attention to a significant obstacle in the pursuit of this knowledge—the unsteady or fickle mind. To attain higher knowledge, one needs a calm and focused mind. The term “vilola-cetas” describes a mind that constantly wavers, distracted by fleeting thoughts and desires. Such a mind cannot grasp the profound truths of existence.

To address the issue of an unsteady mind, the verse introduces the concept of Yoga. Yoga, in this context, refers to a systematic practice aimed at disciplining the mind and body. Through yogic practices, one can cultivate the mental stability and concentration necessary to embark on the path of knowledge and self-realization.

The verse concludes by highlighting the importance of sincere efforts (sādhanā) in the spiritual journey. To attain the knowledge that leads to liberation, one must diligently practice Yoga. It underscores the idea that spiritual growth requires discipline, dedication, and unwavering commitment.

The verse of Yogakalpadruma that we’ve explored offers profound insights into the relationship between knowledge, the mind, and the practice of Yoga. It reminds us that while knowledge is the key to liberation, a restless and unfocused mind can hinder our progress. Yoga serves as the bridge between the two, helping us cultivate the mental clarity and concentration needed to attain the highest knowledge.

As we seek wisdom and spiritual growth, let us remember the timeless wisdom expressed so lucidly in this verse. In order to achieve self-realization and liberation, we must acknowledge the significance of both knowledge and disciplined practice. The path may be challenging, but as a sincere sādhaka, one can ultimately attain the profound knowledge that leads to freedom.

PS: The author of this article has undertaken the work of translating and annotating Yogakalpadruma of Swami Brahmananda, and soon the work will be available in published form.

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