“All that has a beginning by necessity must have an end. In destruction, truly nothing is destroyed but the illusion of individuality. Thus the power of destruction associated with Lord Shiva has great purifying power, both on a more personal level when problems make us see reality more clearly, as on a more universal level. Destruction opens the path for a new creation of the universe, a new opportunity for the beauty and drama of universal illusion to unfold. As Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and Beauty, Shiva represents the most essential goodness.”
The term ‘yoga’, for many, means physical postures, and that too twisted, impossible ones. But that’s not the rendition of yoga I am referring to here.
Yoga simultaneously means to be in perfect tune. Your body, mind, spirit and existence are in absolute harmony. When you fine-tune yourself to such a point where everything functions beautifully within you, the best of your abilities will just flow out of you.
When you’re happy, your energies always function better. In fact, when you’re happy, you have ceaseless energy. Even if you don’t eat or sleep, it doesn’t matter; you can go on and on. So just knowing a little happiness liberates you from your normal limitations of energy and capability.
Yoga is the science of activating your inner energies in such a way that your body, mind and emotions function at their highest peak.
When your body and mind function in a completely different state of relaxation and a certain level of bliss, you can be released from most suffering. You come to your office, and you have a nagging headache.
Modern science tells you that the whole of existence is just energy manifesting itself in different ways. Though all of us are made of the same energy, we don’t function at the same level of capability. What you call capability, talent, ability or creativity, these are just a particular way in which your energy functions.
The same energy, in one plant, creates rose flowers; in another, it creates jasmine. By gaining a bit of mastery over your own energies, you will see things that you never imagined possible, you will do them simply and naturally.
The same mud with which we construct huge buildings, is also used to build little huts. What you call a computer is dug out of the earth. We thought we could only dig mud and make pots or bricks out of it. Now we dig the earth and make computers, cars, and even spacecraft out of it. It’s the same energy; we have just started using it for higher possibilities. Our inner energies, too, are like that.
There is a whole technology of applying this energy for higher possibilities. Each one of us must explore and know this. Otherwise, life becomes limited and accidental; you get to do only what you’re exposed to. Once you start activating your inner energies, your capabilities happen in a different sphere altogether. Yoga is a tool to find ultimate expression to life.
I want this on my body somewhere, for three reasons. The first is that its the name of a song I love. The second is my love of studying Hinduism and other East Asian religions. The third is its beautiful meaning.
It has a direct translation and a more accurate indirect translation.
The direct translation is “Truth, Auspiciousness, Beauty”.
But the indirect translation is closer to the actual meaning:
“Truth is God and God is Beautiful”
Of course, I’ll spend sometime with Professor Perdue evaluating the accuracy of the Sanskrit above before putting it on myself. I also have to figure out where.