How To Understand What Yoga Really Is (Without Distortion) By Understanding The True Definition Of Karma

Yoga, as it is defined by function and purpose, is simply the practice and process of using a proven system of self-discovery to attain the highest state of consciousness that you (and all other human beings) are capable of attaining during the one life that you are manifested into your unique and personal human expression throughout all of time and history.

And this is important to note because your focus on the “one” (from which all emerged, and the one expression that you are born into) should always be at the center of your practice although your current atoms are repurposed from the atoms of decayed “others” from the past, and your body is created using passed on and rearranged DNA that connects you to common human ancestors (and also to all related species from the past, present, and future, to all living things going back to the first unicellular organism, and even back to the very first elements that formed cells and all materials that exist within the whole of creation to begin with as well).

Yoga operates on the premise that everything that has happened up until this point in your (individual historical) expression (if we observe the world from your perspective that is) has led up to this moment in which you exist based on the collective Karma (WHICH SIMPLY–AND NEUTRALLY–MEANS ACTIONS THAT HAVE A CAUSE AND EFFECT IN THE WORLD). Whether you are looking at the Karma of the Big Bang, the Karma of your cultural/historical context, or the Karma of something you did, said, or ate yesterday, Karma is not a judgment, or value, system. Karma is simply a word/process/phenomena that explains the interconnectedness of all things.

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Week 22: Check-in | What Goes Into An Effective Japa/Mantra Repetition Practice?

Words and sounds, and the concepts that they convey, and even the vibrations that they emit (in the form of music, poetry, everyday language, and other forms of expression and communication), have a physiological impact on your body, mind, and spirit.

Your experiential knowledge from living life may be your first direct evidence of this, but modern science is proving that this assertion is true through ongoing research as well.

Though there is still further research to be conducted in order to get a deeper understanding of exactly how and why this is so by looking at the specific mechanisms involved in this fact, we now know, through a wide range of studies, that sound has an effect on our brain, body, and functioning, and, therefore, on our psyche, world-views, and even our sense of self/identity.

Mantras in Yoga, and specifically the practice of Japa, which is repetitive chanting/recitation of mantras in order to create inner connection and transformation, function on the basis of this understanding that words and sounds themselves can create transcendent and transformative experiences.

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