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Friday, August 1, 2014

The teachings/theory of yoga and its practice...

The teachings/theory alone without practice is useless. But, without the teachings/theory to based on, the practice will be like a car without functional indicators, brake lights or head lights, and is driven by an incompetent driver on the hilly road under a stormy condition. The teachings/theory and its practice exist together to support each other. Via the practice based on the teachings/theory, we allow the mind to investigate upon the truth of the teachings/theory, while purifying the mind until it realizes the truth through its own realization.

Without the teachings to support the practice, what are we practicing then?

If we perform 'yoga practice' without implement the teachings of yoga about non-identifications with the worldly self-image or the impermanent qualities of names and forms, about elimination of the egoism, about letting go of attachment, craving and aversion, into the yoga practice and our everyday life experiences, then no matter how much physical and mental benefits we will get from performing the 'yoga practice' regularly, we still won't be free from ignorance, egoism, attachment, craving and aversion, and be disturbed by restlessness and impurities that arise due to the reactions of the egoistic mind towards all the perceptions of names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, constantly being disturbed and determined by what it sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches and thinks, and have no peace.

Just by hearing, reading, studying, preaching, talking and discussing about the teachings/theory of yoga without materialize them into practice is useless. Just by performing some forms of 'yoga practice' without implement the teachings/theory into it, the practice doesn't serve its purpose.

We can be performing 'yoga practice' for a long time, but our minds might still be influenced and over-powered by ignorance and egoism, and have no peace.

Om shanti.

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