Purifying the Body, Mind, and Heart

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When we talk about purification, oftentimes people think first of purifying of the body. This is helpful – for we live in the body, it is our vehicle and if it is clogged up with junk, pollution, we certainly will be plagued with problems.

But there is also the mind – there is no harmony in a healthy body if there is pollution in the mind. Yes, purifying the body will support purification of the mind as they are intimately connected, but purifying the body alone will not purify the mind. So any system of purification aimed at recovering one’s natural state of being, must include purification of the mind.

And what about the heart? The peace, joy, and harmony of our true nature cannot be experienced when the heart is filled with miseries and misgivings, with selfishness, greed, and envy. In yoga philosophy these hardnesses of the heart are known as “anarthas” and are very difficult to remove. To live naturally, we must certainly address all these areas, however anarthas of the heart – which affect both our mind and body health – are the root cause of the suffering condition. Removing these anarthas must be the central focus of an effective purification process, as our heart is the center of our consciousness and we will not be free to experience the natural joy of our being without this level of purification.

Fortunately, there are methods accessible to everyone and freely available that address all these areas. In fact, one such purification system, the Vedic yoga system, has existed since time immemorial and has assisted countless hundreds of thousands of people throughout the ages to realize their natural state of harmony, joy, and peace. The yoga system is far more expansive and comprehensive than most people are aware of. Yoga is not simply a system of physical exercise (asana). Yoga is, in fact, a complete system for realizing and living one’s true natural state of being. Because the yoga system was designed to be applicable to people throughout vast spans of time, called “yugas,” different applications of it were recommended for specific ages. The current age we are living in is called “Kali Yuga.” In the next few articles, we will begin to discuss the yogic process recommended for the Age of Kali and why it is so appropriate and accessible to people of this day and age.

Why Natural Living?

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The focus of this blog is Natural Living. Seeking to live naturally is very popular these days, but why?

When we talk about living naturally, we are talking about recovering a state of being which is natural to us. When something comes natural to us, it is free and easy, harmonious, relaxing, spontaneous, and joyful from the very core of our being. We know intuitively that this is how our life should be – that, as living beings, living should come naturally to us.

But it does not. We struggle through this life, trying to find happiness, trying to find peace and harmony, but the happiness and peace we find is fleeting at best. So, what are we doing wrong and how how can we change the way we are living so that we can be living naturally. How can we purify our lives of that which is unnatural so that we can recover our natural state of being, our natural state of peace, joy, freedom, balance, and harmony?

This is the quest of those who seek to live naturally. To live naturally, we must understand what about our lives is currently unnatural and simultaneously engage in a process which frees us from this artificiality.