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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

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Overcoming the  Obstacles to Sadhana
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Overcoming the Obstacles to Sadhana 

Yogacharya Dr Ananda
Balayogi Bhavanani, Editor

How do we deal with the obstacles, the antaraya-s, the chittavikshepas and their manifestations (sahabhuva)?

“Make the mind one pointed and follows one path”, says Maharishi Patañjali.

In order to deal with the nine antaraya and the four accompanying manifestations, we need to focus on our practice with single-minded and dedicated effort.

If we can stay on the path to oneness and be fixed on the goal, these obstacles will be removed on their own accord.

This implies the taking up of one principle and then working on it relentlessly, never giving up!
We must be a miner on the spiritual path. To mine gold, we have to dig deep, go through obstacles, trials and tribulations until we find the gold.
Most people are “puddle diggers” instead, they dig a little bit here and there, never satisfied, and always superficial. Please remember, puddle diggers can never achieve great spiritual heights.

Self-analysis is required to know what we are and where we are going on our chosen path.

Once the path has been chosen with awareness and consciousness there should not be any hesitation at all in digging deep, deep and deeper.

Most self-styled aspirants today don’t use any discernment in choosing their path. They go from one teacher to the next, focusing here and there and everywhere. They end up nibbling on anything and everything without ultimately getting the real taste of anything.

You need to stabilize the mind and make it crystal clear for the highest experience.

How to get to that state?

Make your mind one-pointed!

This is a very important lesson that Maharishi Patañjali is giving us.

If you dig many shallow wells you will not find water. Dig one and go deep and you will find water. This is a common metaphor found in many Indian stories and teaching. Take one thing and do your best. Be focused and do not lose focus under any challenge.

The secret is to be able to maintain a balanced state of mind with focus even when you multitask.

The path chooses us.

Yoga has chosen us and not the other way around.

We should realize the amazing opportunity we have in this lifetime to evolve because we were chosen by this path.

Do not run away. If you run away this time, you will just come back over, and over, and over and again, again, and again.

Do you want to be a frog again? Or a lizard? A squirrel?

In this human incarnation we have a chance to experience eternity.

Why waste this golden opportunity for eternity?”

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