Monday, 21 June 2021 | Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj Ji feels that yoga can do what people waged wars for — help achieve world peace
Yoga. The word has now become omnipresent and is literally on everyone’s mind. It’s unbelievable how this euphoria has touched the hearts of people across 192 countries. This whole thing started with our PM, Narendra Modi’s address at the United Nations in 2014 where he expressed his wish to dedicate one day as the International Day for Yoga. To everyone’s surprise, the UN agreed to sanction the event and nine months later, the entire world was preparing for a yoga spectacle and a couple of Guinness world records too.
Yoga as a method and practise has evolved over centuries since the time it was developed in ancient India. As of today, for a seeker, there are so many forms and branches of yoga to choose from, hence at times, one gets confused as to which would be best for them. However, from a practical point of view, real yoga is not the one that just gives temporary health and happiness but one which transforms the world into one with no behavioural ailments, mental tensions or worries. It won’t be wrong to say that it is an ideal method of curing physical and psychological disorders for several births. Today it is being stated by political pundits that yoga is the best soft power that India possesses to bring the world together and end the increasing trend of violence.
Of all the yoga techniques taught by various yogis over centuries, Raj yoga has been termed as the king among them all. Before practising this unique method, an aspirant needs to have a clear image of the supreme. The holy Gita says ‘An ideal yogi is the one who has purity and chastity in thought, word and deed, who has knowledge and wisdom. One whose mind is subdued and remains constantly in soul-consciousness and yogic meditation. One who has conquered temptation of senses, who has cast aside ego, lust, anger, attachment and neither grieves at loss nor is jubilant with success. Someone in whose eyes all are equal, who is selfless and peaceful, whose diet is pure and in whose life there is austerity, who is upright, who knows the Almighty in his true essence and performs all deeds while in yoga with the Supreme’. So, to become an ideal yogi, one needs to, first of all, understand the nuances of the definition that is mentioned above and then start his/her journey.
Yoga in an actual sense means union or link. It is a union of the self (soul) with the Supreme (Almighty) for which there is a prerequisite that an aspirant needs to follow. One must understand that we are the soul and not the body. All our physical and mental sufferings are a result of our failure to remain in soul consciousness, and this has made our lives miserable. However, through Raj yoga, we can change this situation because every soul is pure and peaceful, in its original nature, and with proper guidance and practise it is possible to live a life without stress, worries and tension. Dedicating few minutes daily to Raj yoga is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy. It involves the turning of one’s mind and love towards the direction of the Almighty, to communicate with him.
Thus, it is a technique of self-exploration, leading to the experience of heightened and expanded awareness, reaching God and letting your soul focus on him. In short, the principal objective of Raj yoga is to bring the self in conscious touch with the Almighty, thus making it increasingly aware of its divine origin, divine destiny and its divine nature. So, be a Raj yogi and rediscover yourself.