Parmahansa Yogananda was the first to pioneer yoga in the west in its purest form – A way to talk about the human spirit without dogma and religion, charting the path inward to connect with our own divinity. It is not about worshiping a god but experiencing God as within us and awakening the full potential of human awareness by clearing inner duality, cultivating stillness and delivering excellence in all that we do.
Today’s Western definition of yoga is limiting, describing a specific type of “exercise”. But to the ancients, yoga was a sacred spirit-body connection. The goal was not fitness but a direct connection to the God-like spirit within. We have a body, however it is about using the body to get to the mind and expanding the consciousness. It is not about yoga pants, how far we can bend or how long we can hold a pose. Once we discover our own inner greatness and vast powers as a human being through yoga, those things are simply a byproduct but not the goal. The purpose of exercises in yoga is to prepare the body’s central energy centers to sit through long meditations and receive spiritual downloads. Yoga is about discovering who we are and why we came on this planet. Becoming one with peace, one with joy, one with love… In the pure form of this practice, we realize that is our true nature.
At his memorial, Steve Jobs arranged for everyone to be handed the Autobiography of a Yogi with a note saying “Actualize yourselves”. This must watch documentary is a great reminder of how relevant it is today to spread the message of yoga in this age of guns, bombs, greed, and corruption where we are not only killing our own race but thousands of other species along with us. Indeed if we were to wake up, we are limitless beings with unlimited potential to change ourselves and the world. My favorite and most sacred form of yoga to reach enlightenment and awakening is of course Kundalini yoga. So grateful for this technology that helps me be a better person everyday, connect to oneness and find my path in life.