Let's hear from Guruji - Obstacles in the path of Sadhana (Series 8)

Guruji from 'Obstacles in the path of Sadhana' DVD

Patanjali, the codifier of yoga science, taught that all human beings can attain the goal of human life by understanding the yoga sutras, practicing them, and applying them in daily life. As Swami Rama says, "Patanjali did not write these sutras for swamis or renunciates; he meant them for the people of the world so that one can live in the world yet remain unaffected and undisturbed, enjoying peace, happiness, and bliss". 

Guruji Pattabhiram has given series of lectures on Patanjali's yoga Shastra's helping us to understand how to practice & apply these yoga sutras in our daily life. Today let us look upon one such lecture DVD called "Obstacles On The Path Of Sadhana" from our Guruji on Patanjali Yoga Sutra's .

Meditation Session:

The DVD starts up with a meditation session where Guruji stresses on the importance of developing the stamina and patience while practicing meditation. He puts a challenging request to all the aspirants to organize their life style in such a way that will enable them to sit still for atleast ONE hour during meditation. 

To experience the stillness and inner harmony during meditation, He suggests that our our whole being has to become still, stable and comfortable. Find out from this Meditation session how to get that Harmony within one's own self.

Guruji explaining obstacles in the path of sadhana
Lecture Session:

Guruji in this lecture series, quotes the following sutra from Patanjali to set the base before moving on to explain the obstacles in the path of sadhana.

vitarkah himsadayah krita karita anumoditah lobha krodha moha purvakah mridu madhya adhimatrah dukha ajnana ananta phala iti pratipaksha bhavanam

Guruji beautifully explains the above sutra word by word for us to easily understand. He explains us how our Mind which goes through hurt and other negative feelings over the years, stores & nourishes them. Physical hurt may be healed, but when we say something bad to our near & dear one's, perhaps they might forgive us but will never forget. Often we might have gone through such experiences where we say something hurting others and later repent on why we had to say that.

Guruji explaining obstacles in the path of sadhana

Guruji says, because our mind is struck due to Vitarkah, we miss beautiful divine opportunities in life. Guruji asks us to be aware of every reaction coming from ourselves. He is asking us to observe our reactions and see if they are coming from higher intelligence or is it from the mind that we have created. This sections explains how to make that differentiation and how to free our consciousness from this Vitharka zone. 

Once the sincere aspirant is able to free from Vitharka zone, the journey continues further & reach the Vichara zone. Reactions of the mind from Vitharka zone is destructive whereas the reactions from the Vichara zone is completely opposite to it. One has enormous patience in Vichara zone. 

Guruji explaining Vitharka & Vichara zone

Guruji states that the aspirant reaches the zone of Ananda if the reactions of the mind come from Vichara zone. Ananda is the zone where there is no conflict. When there is conflict, "ME" consciousness develops and when there is only Ananda , "WE" consciousness flourishes. 

As the Meditation continues, the aspirant move from the zone of Ananda and experiences 'Asmita'.

Guruji here provide practical examples of what is Asmita & how it works in different ways. 

Listening to Guruji's lectures, does anyone feel that though the lectures were good & we are listening, nothing concrete changes are happening in our life ? (or) Though Guruji's lectures are good, they are not practical enough to follow in one's daily life ?

If so, your questions are answered here as Guruji himself take these questions and provide answers to them beautifully in his own unique style on why the required transformation are not happening in us. 

Then Guruji moves on to explain three important powerful energy fields which are part of Vitharka. They are;

Guruji explaining Lobha, Krodha & Mogha

- Lobha (Greed)
- Krodha (Anger)
- Mogha (Attachment)

The intensity of these are Mridhu Madhya adhi matra

The intensity of these energies are Mridhu (soft), Madhya (medium) & adhi matra (intense) in different human beings. 

What are the effects of these?

Dhuka agyana anatha pala

Vikharka creates Dhuka (suffering, agony), Agyana (ignorance builds up) and Anatha pala (infinite fruits)

Why people are not able to progress in spiritual path because they are struck in Vitharka zone. Guruji explains these sections quoting:

Satsangathve nisangatham, nisangathe nirmothathve nichala tatvam , nichata tatve jeeva mukthi

Guruji then explains, from Asmita the aspirant moves on to the zone of samyakpragya. Samyakpragya means consciousness with the state of equilibrium which is a beautiful state for a meditator. 

How to receive Grace ?

To make us understand Samyakpragya, Guruji gives practical example of how a child is treated by their parents and their grandparents. Guruji says one has to become like a scientist in relating spirituality with one's own life & relationship. Guruji asks us not become emotional as it has no value here. 

Guruji says by being emotional, they lose the joy of this spiritual journey. Before seeking Grace from the Lord, Guruji is asking a serious question if we are receiving Grace & love from our own self ? 

Self pity, complaining & cribbing no more helps an sincere aspirant, instead one has to have Anugraha (Grace) from his own self. Guruji says, Once you have grace from your own self then seek the Grace from the Lord. 

So what is to be done? Guruji is asking us to change the language of how & what we speak. The sadhana he suggest here is - When we start speaking, see to it every word that we utter should not come from the vitharka zone, but from the samyak zone, the state of equilibrium. According to Guruji, Speech is a powerful vehicle to develop a good sadhana.

However, because of the obstacles that the Mind has created, one is not able to progress in the path of Sadhana. Then Guruji explains briefly what are those nine obstacles that are blocking us to progress in the path of Sadhana:

1) Vyadhi
2) Styana
3) Samsaya
4) Pramada
5) Halasya
6) Avirati
7) Brantidarsana
8) Alabdha bhumika
9) Anavasthitatva

Friends, Patanjali’s method is subtle, exact and profound and with the help of Guruji's lectures it becomes easier for us to apply them in our daily life, provided we could overcome these obstacles in the path of Sadhana as explained by our Guruji.

This single DVD is a part Guruji's complete discourse on Ashtanga Yoga, for the advancement on the spiritual path. The other DVD titles which are available in the complete discourse are:

Guruji during Ashtanga Yoga Lecture session

1. Freedom -- Are You Ready?
2. Maintaining The Right Balance
3. Obstacles On The Path Of Sadhana
4. Overcoming Obstacles
5. Removing Kleshas Through Kriya Yoga
6. Removing Impurities
7. Ashtanga Yoga -- The Eight Fold Path Of Yoga -- Vol. I
8. Ashtanga Yoga -- The Eight Fold Path Of Yoga -- Vol. II

The above 8 titles are also available as individual DVDs. If you are interested to get this DVD, please contact +91-9312796128 / 9868112750 or write to basantpnd4@gmail.com. For other list of DVD's please visit here

Hope you liked this novice attempt of looking upon Guruji's DVD lectures. We conclude this section by quoting Swami Rama:

Entire life is sadhana. You ask, “Is it possible for me to know God? Is it possible for me to be a spiritual person? Is it possible for me to do this?”

Patanjali, the codifier of yoga science, says, “O aspirant, learn to practice until the last breath of your life.”

Let the heavens shower all the blessings upon you, so that you can grow and unfold yourself, and accomplish the purpose of life.

Vanda Guru Paramparam....

- 'Bansuri

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