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The art of Rajyoga

india Updated: May 09, 2012 00:15 IST
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj
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Few people are aware of the thoughts that pass through their minds. Thinking is performed like a habit, in an automatic manner. If the thoughts are positive, then it is all right; but if they are negative, they may cause trouble. How you train your mind and which habits you cultivate, all depends on your choice. If there is no filter to process the thoughts that enter the mind, there is no freedom. Then all our actions are like the actions of a puppet on a string, though no one will admit it.

There is an erroneous concept that peace of mind is sought and can be attained only by people who lead a life in ashrams or monasteries. Or, some even think that real peace of mind is an illusion and can't be attained. Nothing can be farther from the truth than these assumptions.

Some might attain a higher level of peace and others a lower level, yet everyone can gain at least some measure of inner peace. Even a small amount of inner peace would do a great deal to us. Why are we afraid of some effort? Can't we spare just a few minutes for making our mind and life calm, with less fear and worries?

One might wonder whether it is really possible at all to acquire this ability. Yes, it is possible, but requires training and inner work through the practice of Rajyoga meditation.

Rajyoga is an ancient art and it is the king of all yogas. It is very simple but worthy. It deals with mind and thoughts. Many of us fail to deal with our own thoughts, resulting in tension, strain and stress. We are frequently puzzled and perplexed with our own terrible thoughts.

We might have tried to change our thought pattern earlier and our proposal might have been rejected or resisted by our own mind. By practicing Rajyoga, we can achieve inner peace, which forms the basis for our happy life even amidst the chaotic and turbulent situations that one sees today all over.