By Ukraine Yoga Master Andrey Lappa
Morality is the principal law on which human behavior is based. This is very important where this law comes from: either from outside or from inside. Morality coming from outside points a man what to do and what not to do. But while diseases-weaknesses live in the human consciousness the demands and prohibitions will only feed them. Sooner or later «the dam will be destroyed» and the person will commit «a sin».
Individual morality originating from the inside is based on love, and can develop in the individual as a simple and natural state of pure consciousness. And it is obtained through the liberation from mental delusions, a balance of powers and the growing up of the Spirit. The value of such morality is much higher than that, of the social morality dictated by an external authority.
If a man is not in possession of internal harmony and has unbalanced powers raging inside him, it is useless to teach him to love and be patient. He will go on manifesting aggression until the actual source of unbalanced aggression bursts inside him and while the compressed springs of unvented powers of delusions exist in his consciousness. Therefore, one should strive to exterminate the misleading powers of such spiritual disease through the balancing of the powers by using real stabilizing exercises for internal rather than external morality.
One should influence the source rather than the result. Therefore, actual development of true morality in the Tradition of Yoga gives preference to the purification and balance of consciousness. And the results of this practice will not be immediate, but these changes actually take place.
True morality cannot be imagined without love, the dynamic unification with the object of attraction. This may be a specific or abstract object. Accordingly, the state of love may be expressed in specific actions or in an abstract state. In the Tradition of Yoga the process of unification with the object is called Samyama. This is a continuous transition from Dharana (concentration of the rays of attention on the object) to Dhiyana (contemplation and fusion with the qualities of the object) and further to Samadhi (the ecstasy of complete identification with it). Mastership does not entitle one to relax and «retire on one’s laurels», because without continued practice downfall and degradation can follow even the highest of levels achieved. Without constant vigilance and balance new mental delusions may develop.
Each stage of practice demands conformity to the codes embedded in the complexity of the exercises. An Automatic Law monitors access to the power of each exercise by different stages of complexity and the capacity of powers involved.
The practitioner’s state of consciousness and moral foundations determine his way of living: what and how he eats, how long and how he sleeps, what work he does, what stresses he endures, etc.. His way of life, consequently, determines the state of his body, senses and mind; and these qualities of the body, senses and mind are the main factors limiting his practice.
That is why, traditionally before starting to practice Yoga, students begin purification exercises and moral enhancement as a foundation for the complex transformations. Some may ignore this and start practicing only power aspects of Yoga, as the followers of some magic clans practice it, but the Power may not be mislead. Practice without this higher stage of consciousness is most likely to result in various traumas and karmic problems. Sooner or later Karmic Law forces such «deceivers» to either give up yoga practices due to the state of their health, or to respect the absolute necessity to balance consciousness and accept internal morality.
Asanas are the codes of the state of consciousness. And their physical elaboration is just a simple test to know the level of development and balance of one’s consciousness. Practicing Asanas, Viniasas and Pranayamas is a desire to gain access to higher levels of being rather than simple physical training.
Neither circus, nor sport acrobatics constitute Yoga. These practices are purely physical and are not oriented to change the consciousness. Although, of course, an acrobat’s physical background may readily serve as a basis for development of advance consciousness.
One should avoid a sport approach in elaborating Asanas, Viniasas and Pranayamas. Yoga is not a sport! Athletes can age quickly or develop diseases in middle age. But real Yogis do not have diseases and preserve good looks until an extremely old age. In Yoga greater priority is given to the feeling of personal limits rather than the complexity of exercises. Therefore, it is useless to compare the practice of one yogi with the practice of another one. Because their practice in principle is incomparable.
And it is also important to remember that a young body’s strength and flexibility do not allow a person to claim oneself an advanced yogi. True Yoga presumes the recognition of higher planes of being, which only becomes possible with the progress and the growing up of the Spirit.
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