The theme of the satsangs was karma yoga and hatha yoga, two of the spokes in the six-spoked yoga chakra, the wheel of yoga.
Swamiji explained how hatha yoga and karma yoga complement each other in the yoga chakra, and have parallel goal, ultimately taking the sadhaka to the state where there is an experience of lightness-in the body, mind, and in every action.
Swamiji carried every participant to the very core of the subject so that new vistas opened up on a familiar landscape. Through practical examples he explained the path to reach the goals of karma yoga, so that one is able to use karma for conscious evolution and every action becomes an opportunity to learn and grow, to recognize one’s dharma, to give one’s best, to experience the higher essence and to live in dedication and happiness.
The teachings of Yoga Chakra are derived from Sri
Swamiji's teachings, his satsangs to a few, rather than from
his public teachings, the yoga classes for the masses. When
he gave classes, they would be as per the syllabus, including
asana, pranayama, and the associated theories. However, the
real essence of yoga would be conveyed in his satsangs. The
real vision of yoga would be seen in his satsangs. The way he
spoke about the six yogas, starting with hatha yoga to raja
yoga to kriya yoga, and then karma yoga, bhakti yoga and
jnana yoga, indicates the sequence he was following, right
from the early days of the Bihar School of Yoga.
Turning the pages of the memories of his satsangs, it
is possible to see how a yogi visualizes yoga and the effectiveness of yoga in modern lifestyle. Sri Swamiji imparted
an awareness of yoga not from the perspective of 'I am
learning asana, 1 am learning relaxation, 1 am learning
concentration'; he taught us the wisdom of the ancient seers
and its relevance in the reality of today. Therefore, this Yoga
Chakra will be a mix of both the classical and the modern
perspectives and the theme will be hatha yoga and karma
yoga. These two yogas complement each other. They are the
stepping stones into Sri Swamiji's vision of the yoga chakra.
Hatha yoga and karma yoga
Hatha yoga is the physical aspect of yoga when compared
to raja yoga or kriya yoga. Karma yoga too is physical when
compared to bhakti yoga or jnana yoga. Thus, hatha yoga
and karma yoga are what can be perfected and what can be
expressed through the agency of the senses: perfection of
hath a yoga and expression of karma yoga.
The senses constitute the first-level experience of the
gross material world. All your life, the information that you
receive is from the senses. The senses are not just five, as is
generally believed. There are five senses of perception or
cognition, five senses of expression or action, and the mind
is also considered a sense organ, according to Sri Krishna.
Therefore, in total eleven senses become the medium
through which you experience life, express in life, recognize
life, identify life as either good or bad, comfortable or
uncomfortable, and so on. All your assessments, of yourself,
your environment, your world are based on the information
given by the senses. Therefore, it is the senses that have to
be controlled and, regulated first, which is achieved through
hatha yoga and karma yoga.
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