"Yoga" is a widely known term today. Many people either practice it on a regular basis, or are at least interested in it. Yoga is practiced in many forms. Many schools of thoughts and styles of Yoga exist, but they all strive towards one common goal. This diversity of approaches hides the underlying unity of Yoga and may make it difficult to understand. In spite of this, all can practice Yoga in their own fashion, provided the essence of Yoga is understood.
All the searches of the roots of Yogic Tradition leads to one common term called "Vedas". Literally, "Veda" means Wisdom. It was an oral tradition, in which all the aspects of Human evolution were discussed in depth. We cannot seem to agree on how old the Vedas are. Some believe that they go back 10,000 years or more. Speculation on the age is not important - the concepts are. Nowadays, Vedas are available in a written form. Vedas consist of four major scriptures known as:
Each one of these scripture is a spiritual heritage of mankind. These scriptures have been written in Sanskrit. In India people believe that Sanskrit a divine language. Is it possible to understand the Vedas without knowing Sanskrit? Some believe so, as the Vedas were orally transmitted for centuries before they were written. On the other hand, there are Masters who can explain the essence of the Vedas to non-Sanskrit speaking people.
What do the Vedas contain? Mostly it is about improving our external behavior as a human organism under different or difficult circumstances. They talk about the overall growth of humans - not just physical, but also emotional and spiritual. We struggle in our lives due to lack of understanding about how to deal with situations and try to evolve from those experiences. According to Vedas, Yoga is the tool we need as humanity to be sustainable and complementary not only to each other, but also in relation with the Existence. There is little doubt that this knowledge remains as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
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