युक्ताहारविहारस्य युक्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु।
युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगो भवति दु:खहा।। Bhagwad gita – 6.17
This verse on meditation is important key for all spiritual strivers. By following it, one can effortlessly walk towards attributes of Yogi described in Gita.
1) Moderate in diet and recreation (=Sports, Exercise where active involvement is necessary. TV is not recreation. Movie is not recreation.)
2) Moderate in action
3) Moderate in sleep
4) Moderate in wakefulness.
24/4 = 6 hrs for each activity where moderation is prescribed.
Do we spend enough time eating?
Do we spend enough time in sleep?
Most of our time goes into earning livelihood. Average 10 hrs for earning livelihood. 8 hrs goes in sleep. So what remains is not enough for other important activities of sustaining life successfully.
Being YOGI does not mean you leave your home, go to jungle and sit in meditation. That is not what life demand from Grihasthi (those who have started married life).
Food should be earned by honest means, it should be pure, easily digestible, light and a bit less than demand of body.
All actions should be performed as one’s nature, caste, creed, country, condition, for the welfare of the others!
Sleep well – enough not excessive.
Do concentration and meditation daily. Spend time with mother nature daily.
Beauty of word ‘Yukta’ is that there is no hardwired rule (like I tried to divide 6 hrs). At the end, you decide what is YUKT or moderate for you. See the outcome. If it generated healthy state of mind, body and environment, it is moderate. If not, alter!
What is our life – Yoga or Bhoga?
भोगा न भुक्ता वयमेव भुक्ताः, तपो न तप्तं वयमेव तप्ताः ।
कालो न यातो वयमेव याताः तृष्णा न जीर्णा वयमेव जीर्णाः ॥
bhogaa na bhuktaa vayameva bhuktaah, tapo na taptam vayameva taptaah |
kaalo na yaato vayameva yaataah, truShNaa na jeerNaa vayameva jeerNaah ||
Pleasures weren’t consumed, only we were; penance weren’t ‘done’; only we were ‘done’;
time didn’t pass, only we passed; thirst was not ‘over’, only we got ‘over’.
Think about it. If we don’t think now about all of this, life will force us to think in early 50s 🙂 and we will repent for lost time. Better to take care now 🙂 (Y)