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Yoga Diary

Spiritual Diary
Month : ________________
1. When did you get up from bed ?
2. How many hours did you sleep ?
3. How many Malas of Japa ?
4. How long in Kirtan ?
5. How many Pranayamas ?
6. How long did you perform Asanas ?
7. How long did you meditate in one Asana?
8. How many Gita Slokas did you read or get by heart ?
9. How long in the company of the wise (Satsanga) ?
10. How many hours did you observe Mouna ?
11. How long in disinterested selfless service ?
12. How much did you give in charity ?
13. How many Mantras you wrote ?
14. How long did you practice physical exercise ?
15. How many lies did you tell and with what self-punishment ?
16. How many times and how long of anger and with what self-punishment ?
17. How many hours you spent in useless company ?
18. How many times you failed in Brahmacharya ?
19. How long in study of religious books ?
20. How many times you failed in the control of evil habits and with what self-punishment ?
21. How long you concentrated on your Ishta Devata (Saguna or Nirguna Dhyana) ?
22. How many days did you observe fast and vigil ?
23. Were you regular in your meditation ?
24. What virtue are you developing ?
25. What evil quality are you trying to eradicate ?
26. What Indriya is troubling you most ?
27. When did you go to bed ?
The Spiritual Diary
The Spiritual Diary is a whip for goading the mind towards righteousness and God. If you regularly maintain this diary you will get solace, peace of mind and make quick progress in the spiritual path. Maintain a daily diary and realise the marvellous results.
Prepare a statement of daily Spiritual Diary for every month as shown on the opposite page and verify whether you are progressing or not. If you want quick spiritual attainments, you should never neglect to record everything in your diary. To change the worldly nature it needs rigorous Sadhana. Apart from these questions you must also mention the following in the remarks column:?
1. The name of the Asanas.
2. The kind of meditation.
3. What books do you keep for Svadhyaya?
4. What is your special diet?
5. Do you keep a Japa Mala?
6. Have you got a separate meditation room?
7. How do you keep the meditation room?
8. Do you read Gita with meaning?
Do not be ashamed to mention your mistakes, vices and failures. This is meant for your own progress only. Do not waste your precious hours. It is enough that you have wasted so many years in idle-gossiping. Enough, enough of the troubles you had all these days in satisfying your senses. Do not say:?“from tomorrow I will be regular.” That “tomorrow” is for the worthless worldly-minded fools. Be sincere and start doing Sadhana from this moment. Be sincere. Take out a copy of the Spiritual Diary and send it on to your Guru, who will guide you, remove all the obstacles in your Sadhana and give you further lessons.

Hari om

Kundalini Prayer
Wake up Mother Kundalini.
Thou whose nature is Bliss Eternal?The Bliss of Brahman.
Thou dwelling like a serpent asleep at the lotus of Muladhara,
Sore, affected and distressed am I in body and mind,
Do thou bless me and leave thy place at the basic lotus.
Consort of Siva the Self-caused Lord of Universe,
Do thou take thy upward course through the central canal.
Leaving behind Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, Anahata, Vishuddha, and Ajna.
Be thou united with Siva, thy Lord the God.
At Sahasrara?the thousand-petalled-lotus in the brain.
Sport there freely, O Mother, Giver of Bliss Supreme.
Mother, who is Existence, Knowledge, Bliss Absolute.
Wake up, Mother Kundalini! Wake up.

Hari Om


Most of the people turn to Yoga only when they have some health problem for which, due to one reason or another, medical treatment could not give satisfactory results. This is valid for many of the chronic diseases, which often can be attenuated but not cured and also for the psychosomatic ones, where the psychic factor is especially evident and which are therefore difficult to treat with the common medical methods. What can Yoga therapy offer these patients?
The Yogic Approach to Health
The yogic approach towards health or the person, who is suffering from a disease, differs very much from the one of medical science. The medical science tries to isolate the pathogenic factor; a microorganism, a toxic substance, a metabolic disorder ? and eliminate it. Of course, this principle is valuable, but it fails if the root cause is unknown. In this case, the symptom-oriented therapy often proves unsatisfactory.
Yoga on the other hand, does not refuse the scientific explanation of a disease, but looks at it from another point of view: from the personality of the patient. If he is ill there must be a deeper reason behind it?a disease doesn’t arise by chance! There is an imbalance, a disturbance in somewhere in body-mind, which is manifested in a disease or illness. The symptoms, the pathogenic factors, the name of the diseases are not the main issue ? the root cause lies elsewhere.
Dealing with the complete personality
Yoga Therapy tries is to re-establish the inner balance by various means working from the gross to the subtle. On the physical level it uses: Yoga postures (asanas), Kriyas (Cleansings) Breathings (pranayamas), Meditation and Positive thinking.
The second line of therapy is the work on the mind. Mental disturbance anxieties, stress and confusions are the most important factors, which can cause a diseases condition. Therefore, yogis employ various techniques relax and to create positive mind status: Part-to-Part Deep Relaxation, Visualization, Mantra Chanting, positive affirmations etc.
These are some of the technical means that may be used. The technical aspect is however of minor importance compared to the primary goal: to create a conditions which can encourage the patient to give free way to his own inner forces. It he succeeds in doing so, the results can be surprising. It not, Yoga Therapy is at its limits – it can work only together with nature, not against it.
How does Yoga Therapy aid in healing?
It begins with a fundamental principle from Yoga. Yoga views diseases as having insufficient life force (prana) or energy either in the whole body or in a part of it. The flow of energy within the body may be blocked or obstructed in some parts. This insufficiency results in lower vitality and susceptibility to infection.
The logic of this view of diseases is centered on the importance of the spine as the primary avenue of energy flow in the body. A misalignment in one of the vertebrae affects the nerves that transmit energy to the organs. When this happens, organs do not function at their optimum levels. If this low level of functioning is prolonged, a disease may develop. Many Yoga Postures in Yoga Therapy stretch and relax the spine, which helps in realigning the vertebrae.
What exactly happens in a Yoga Therapy session?
A session is participated in by the patient and the Yoga teacher. The session begins with an assessment of the patient’s conditions and aims. Once the Yoga teacher and the patient reach a level of understanding, the Yoga exercises can begin with simple Yoga movements, often focusing on Pranayamas (breathing). The session progresses from there. It is important that there is good rapport and trust between the teacher and the patient.
It not, Yoga Therapy is at its limits – it can work only together with
nature, not against it.
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