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Obstacles in Kriya Yoga

There are several obstacles that can affect your practice and hinder your spiritual progress. That is why it is very important to understand what these obstacles are. You can then be careful to avoid them in your life. The obstacles for spiritual progress are explained below:

Overeating

This is a very important factor that people miss out. Overeating brings all sorts of other illnesses including obesity, heart troubles and digestive disorders. Oily and spicy food taken for the sake of pleasing the tongue puts heavy burden on the digestive system. Our stomach is not a factory to work 24/7 and it eventually breaks down if continuously overloaded. The energy that should have been otherwise utilized for higher practices is wasted in digesting the food alone. Hence moderate diet is a must for any Yoga practitioner. Yoga says that you should fill half the stomach with food, third quarter with water and remaining quarter should be left empty for gases. Also, one should offer everything that is being consumed to the God. Keep in mind that "amount of energy consumed" and "amount of energy spent" must have a proper balance.

Hard work

In order to perform hard physical labor we need to spend lot of energy. A Yogi should focus on using his energy only for yogic practice. A tired body and mind can’t remain concentrated resulting in poor quality of practice. Of course one must perform one’s daily duties.

Talking too much

We come across many people who are talkative or rather talk too much. Talking too much not only wastes your energy but also causes mind to scatter. A Yoga practitioner must avoid discussing gossips and useless chatting. Practicing Mauna is helpful in stabilizing your mind.

Mauna refers to observing silence for a specific period of time and spending that time in activities such as introspection.

Mixing with common people

A Yoga practitioner should avoid mixing with common people. It is often said - "Do not engage with fools. They first drag you at their level and then beat you with their experience." The same thing happens when you mix with ordinary people. Unknowingly they infect you with their worldly desires and expectations. Note that the intention here is not to show that you are superior to others and should isolate yourself from the rest of the world but to avoid unsuitable company.

Observances of severe vows

A Yoga practitioner needs to observe discipline in daily life. However, he should not follow severe vows such as fasting and bathing with ice cold water. By torturing one's own body one cannot become Yogi. A careful judgment is necessary while applying any such rules.

Unsteadiness of Body and Mind

A common man possesses very unsteady body and mind. In order to succeed in Yoga one must have steady body and a focused mind. Yogi should be able to sit in one place for hours. That's why Hatha Yoga gives so much emphasis on Asanas. One must also learn to control the mind that is otherwise unsteady like wind. Mind runs with the speed of light. You never know when it will wander away from its goal. It is very difficult to control. Focusing mind on your practice is the key part of Yoga. Lack of concentration makes your practice mechanical.

Diseases

A body weakened by diseases can’t perform higher spiritual practices. The quality of Yoga postures, Pranayama and Meditation degrades when your body is suffering from some illness. Diseases weaken the Prana in the body and progress can’t be achieved.

Mental Dullness

Mental dullness is another big obstacle. If your mind is in dull you can’t concentrate on what you are doing. This dullness often starts creeping in when you sit for Meditation and then you feel bored.

Doubt

People often doubt about their path and progress. They always keep thinking whether they are on right path and making any progress. Such doubts will take you nowhere. You must have complete faith in your path and practices that you are following.

Laziness

Laziness is a big enemy of any Yoga aspirant. A mind full of laziness can’t make any progress. Often people start Yoga with a lot of enthusiasm but after few weeks give up because of laziness. Getting up early in the morning, doing kriyas regularly sounds boring after laziness possesses your mind body equipment.

Craving

Craving for material pleasures hinders your spiritual progress. If day and night you are thinking about wealth and luxuries then where is the time for self-realization? Craving for material objects also weakens your mind power because it makes you slave of the sense organs.

All the above obstacles must be overcome with constant efforts. You must try to calm your mind through Yogic techniques. Often happiness and sorrow, good and bad disturb our mind. To overcome such disturbances you must cultivate the opposite qualities. You should cultivate friendly attitude towards happiness, compassion towards sorrow, gladness towards good and indifference towards the bad. Once you cultivate such attitude you will find that mind becomes purer day by day and finally it comes under control.


Bipin Joshi is a software consultant, an author and a yoga mentor with more than 22 years of experience in classical yoga system of India. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than ten technology books for Apress and WROX press. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced yoga way of life he also teaches Kriya and Meditation to selected individuals.

बिपीन जोशी लिखित देवाच्या डाव्या हाती आणि नाथ संकेतींचा दंशु या पुस्तकांची आपली प्रत आजच विकत घ्या. त्यांच्या अजपा योग मार्गदर्शनाविषयी अधिक माहिती येथे उपलब्ध आहे.


Posted On : 10 Jan 2007


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