#yogaabc: E is for Eternity
This one's a little trippy! 🚀🌌 Yoga, as one of the six major schools of thought (darshanas) of Hinduism, is based on the belief that we have many lifetimes to complete our journey to liberation (Moksha). Hinduism is sometimes referred to as Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Truth, and for yogis, far beyond just being able to touch our toes, the end goal of yoga is ultimately to reunite our own consciousness with the true, eternal consciousness of the Universe – ‘God’ to many. As if we’re little discrete bubbles of divinity within the eternal sky of the divine and to pop our own bubble is to find true peace. 🌈
While each person walks his or her own path, the Raja Yoga method first documented by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras provides a path for finding liberation and consists of the 8 limbs I discussed under the ‘A is for Asana’ post. Yogis believe the closer we stick this path, the more we minimise and positively charge our Karma (the fruits of our actions, words and thoughts) so that we shorten the journey towards liberation.
The yogic view that we have all probably already lived many lifetimes and will encounter many more to come provides an opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities and possibly even find our Dharma (life’s purpose): what is it that THIS lifetime has to teach us? How can we make the most of what we have in order to help ourselves and others? Who are we best placed to help given our current skills and resources? Finding an understanding of this has been a way for many people to feel like everything just ‘falls into place’ afterwards