International Yoga Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day  or simply Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) on December 11, 2014.

 

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Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

Benefits Of Yoga

These are just a few things that the yoga practices and yoga today can provide. Its potentials are eternal.

  • Accomplishment of ideal equilibrium and harmony
  • Promotes self healing
  • Takes out negative blocks from the mind and toxins from the body
  • Increases personal power and self awareness
  • Helps in focusing and achieving concentration, which is particularly important for children
  • Lessens stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system

The person performing this art feels rejuvenated, thus yoga bestows upon every individual the powers to control the body and mind.

The benefits of yoga are numerous. It has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. And the most important benefits of yoga are physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.

The health benefits of yoga with a regular practice of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation are:

Yoga today helps in combating illnesses, and there are some reliable researches proving that yoga aids in controlling certain illnesses such as headaches, arthritis, stress, anxiety, blood pressure, asthma and many more.

Yoga today also helps in reducing the stress and tensions. After getting out of a busy day, your muscles are tensed and may feel that your self-esteem will increase with a regular yoga practices.

This type of confidence boosting is very essential as it helps people as a means of reducing the stress in their routine busy lives.

Yoga today also helps to improve muscle tone and increases your energy, stamina, strength and flexibility. It also helps those people who feel themselves as out of shape by a regular practice of yoga. Practicing yoga can burn up your body’s excess fat and provides you a much-improved body shape.

Yoga today also helps people to improve their concentration and enhances a person’s creativities particularly when they are in a need of relaxation and stop thinking about the stressful effects in life such as self-responsibilities.

So, practicing yoga regularly makes yoga practitioners to feel that it is easier to think more positively and there will be a much more fresher outlook on life. A sense of calmness and well being can be obtained through practicing yoga.

The yoga exercises can improve the blood circulation in the body. By yoga practices, the immune systems can be stimulated to help prevent us from diseases. A good immune system will help us to avoid getting sickness and diseases.

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World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

World No Tobacco Day

The World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for governments across the world to enact policies for plain packaging of tobacco products.

 

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World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

WHO’s slogan for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “Get ready for plain packaging” and in a statement released Tuesday, it said: “Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. Plain packaging of tobacco products refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.”

According to WHO, about 6 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. About 5 million die from direct tobacco use, and more than 600,000 deaths are caused by second-hand smoke.

 

Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Significance of Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadashi fast will be observed on 1st June, 2016 i.e Krishna Paksha of Jyeshtha month (which falls in june of Hindu calendar) This fast is believed to give auspicious and divine results. It also frees you from all kinds of sins. By observing this fast, a person becomes rich and wealthy. Such a person is also appreciated and receives fame…

According to the Hindu Scriptures, a person gets the same merits by observing Apara Ekadashi fast as he receives by taking a bath in the Ganges during the Kartik month. The importance of Apara ekadashi is the same as taking a bath in holy river Gomti, visiting Sri Kedarnath, staying in Badri Ashram or taking a holy dip in Kurukshetra during the solar eclipse.

The merits which one gets by observing Apara ekadashi fast are equivalent to those blessed by Yajnas or donating horses, elephants, gold etc. Even donating cows gives the same merits as fasting on Apara ekadashi. Apara ekadashi fast is a ray of light amidst the darkness of your sins. Therefore, a person observing this fast is blessed in life..

 

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Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 Story Behind Apara Ekadashi 

A story has been mentioned about Apara Ekadashi in the religious scriptures. According to this story, there was a King named Mahidhwaj. His younger brother, Bajradhwaj, was not religious and was cunning. Bajradhwaj did not like his elder brother and was jealous of him. One night, he killed the King and buried his body beneath a Pipal tree..
The spirit of the King started residing on the Pipal tree.  The people in the surrounding places were terrified of this. One day, a saint named Dhaumya was passing by and talked to the restless spirit. He preached the spirit by his wisdom talk  and the spirit got down from the tree. The saint asked the King’s spirit to observe a fast on Apara Ekadashi in order to rest in peace. Hence, the King fasted and  as a result, attained liberation…

Apara Ekadashi Mahatmya – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 

 

 

YOGA–Essence Of Life—Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 Yoga - Essence of Life Title imgYoga is an ascent into the purity of the absolute perfection that is the essential state of all human beings. This goal requires the removal of our enveloping personal impurities, the stilling of our lower feelings and thoughts, and the establishment of a state of inner balance and harmony. All the methods of yoga are based on the perfection of our personalities and may help to create a new world order.(sc)

Yoga means a state or condition, a technique, auspiciousness and union. Patanjali defined yoga as the cessation of the modifications of the mind. The practice of yoga leads to mental stability, equanimity, concentration, meditation, good health, supernatural powers, devotion, self­transformation and liberation.(sc)

All the chapters in the Bhagavadgita contain the word yoga, signifying its importance in Hinduism and in achieving liberation. Yoga is the means and yoga is also the goal. Through the practice of yoga you reach the highest state of yoga, which is union with your inner Self or with the Supreme Self. Yoga is a multidisciplinary tool extremely useful to purify the mind and body and gain control over our minds and emotions.(sc)

Yoga is also the most popular means for self­transformation and physical wellbeing. It is useful for both the wordily people seeking mental peace and ascetics seeking liberation. Yoga helps you to become a better person, a better human being and a better devotee. The most popular forms of yoga are classical yoga of Patanjali, also known as Ashtanga yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga and bhakti yoga. Some Saiva traditions practice hatha yoga, mantra yoga and tantra yoga. Inherent to all these yogas are Sanyasa Yoga (the yoga of renunciation) and buddhi yoga (the yoga of one pointed intelligence).(sc)

For those who want to follow the path of yoga towards peace and evolution, there are a few prerequisites. We need good health, a calm mind, sincerity, and a burning desire to rise above our human imperfections. Our health is maintained by a simple and well- regulated diet, adequate sleep, some physical exercise, and relaxation. Imbalance or excesses in food, exercise, sleep, or our personal relationships produce physical and emotional disruptions that disturb the practice of yoga and meditation.(sc)

If the aspects of our daily lives are well balanced, then certainly we can make progress in yoga in the modern world. Regardless of where we live or what we do, we can create a life conducive to yoga.(sc)

These various paths of yoga include: 

1) Hatha yoga, which deals mostly with body and breathing exercises that help the student to become aware of his or her internal states. Hatha yoga exercises help to make the body a healthy and strong resource for the student. (sc)

2) Karma yoga, which means “the yoga of action.” This path teaches us to do our own duties in life skillfully and selflessly, dedicating the results of our actions to humanity. Practicing this aspect of yoga helps us to live unselfishly and successfully in the world without being burdened or distressed. (sc)

3) Jnana yoga is the path of knowledge and wisdom. This path involves intense mental discipline. Knowledge dawns as we learn to discriminate between the real and the unreal, between the transient and the everlasting, between the finite and the infinite. This path is meant for only a fortunate few, who are aware of the higher and subtler realities of life. (sc)

4) Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion. This path is the way of love and devotion. It is the path of self-surrender, of devoting and dedicating all human resources to attaining the ultimate reality.(sc) 

5) Kundalini yoga is a highly technical science. The guidance of a competent teacher is required to learn methods for awakening the serpent-like vital force that remains dormant and asleep in every human body.(sc) 

6) Mantra yoga, which involves meditation and the use of certain sounds called “mantras,” which are traditionally transmitted to the student, and are used as objects of concentration. Mantras help the student in self-purification, concentration, and meditation. These mantras were discovered in deep meditation by highly advanced sages and teachers.(sc)

In our daily lives,Yoga can be very helpful in eliminating many physical and psychological problems. A significant amount of the disease we experience is actually either directly or indirectly the result of conflicts, repression, or emotional distress arising in the conscious or unconscious mind. Yoga helps us to become aware of these conflicts and to resolve them, establishing tranquility and peace. In this way, Yoga becomes a powerful resource for facing the challenges of daily life.(sc)

Prolonged and intense Yoga leads to the last step of raja yoga– the state of samadhi, the superconscious state. In this state we become one with the higher Self and transcend all imperfections and limitations. The state of samadhi is the fourth state of consciousness, which transcends the three normal states of waking, dreaming, and dreamless sleep.(sc)

A person who attains samadhi becomes a gift to his or her society. If humanity is ever to achieve a more evolved civilization, it will be possible only because of our growth and evolution as human beings. A person who is established in samadhi lives his or her whole life as a spontaneous expression of the unhindered flow of supreme consciousness. This superconscious level is our human essence; it is universal and transcends all the divisions of culture, creed, gender or age. When we become aware of this state within, our whole life is transformed. When we transform ourselves and experience serenity, peace, and freedom, we also transform our societies and all of human civilization. This awareness of the infinite consciousness is the practical and real goal of yoga.(sc) 

Benefits Of Yoga

These are just a few things that the yoga practices and yoga today can provide. Its potentials are eternal.

  • Accomplishment of ideal equilibrium and harmony

  • Promotes self healing

  • Takes out negative blocks from the mind and toxins from the body

  • Increases personal power and self awareness

  • Helps in focusing and achieving concentration, which is particularly important for children

  • Lessens stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system

The person performing this art feels rejuvenated, thus yoga bestows upon every individual the powers to control the body and mind.(sc)

The benefits of yoga are numerous. It has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. And the most important benefits of yoga are physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.(sc)

The health benefits of yoga with a regular practice of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation are:

Yoga today helps in combating illnesses, and there are some reliable researches proving that yoga aids in controlling certain illnesses such as headaches, arthritis, stress, anxiety, blood pressure, asthma and many more.(sc)

Yoga today also helps in reducing the stress and tensions. After getting out of a busy day, your muscles are tensed and may feel that your self-esteem will increase with a regular yoga practices.(sc)

This type of confidence boosting is very essential as it helps people as a means of reducing the stress in their routine busy lives.(sc)

Yoga today also helps to improve muscle tone and increases your energy, stamina, strength and flexibility. It also helps those people who feel themselves as out of shape by a regular practice of yoga. Practicing yoga can burn up your body’s excess fat and provides you a much-improved body shape.(sc)

Yoga today also helps people to improve their concentration and enhances a person’s creativities particularly when they are in a need of relaxation and stop thinking about the stressful effects in life such as self-responsibilities.(sc)

So, practicing yoga regularly makes yoga practitioners to feel that it is easier to think more positively and there will be a much more fresher outlook on life. A sense of calmness and well being can be obtained through practicing yoga.(sc)

The yoga exercises can improve the blood circulation in the body. By yoga practices, the immune systems can be stimulated to help prevent us from diseases. A good immune system will help us to avoid getting sickness and diseases.(sc)

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Inspirational Bhagvad Geeta–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Insiratinal bhagvadgeeta (1)The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest Religious Spiritual Book. Considered to be a doctrine of universal truth, it has long been influencing people not only of India but also overseas. Bhagavd Gita shows path to the lost, answer to the confused and wisdom to all. It is considered to be one of the greatest spritual books the world has ever known. The primary purpose of the Bhagavad- Gita is to illuminate for all of humanity the realization of the true nature of divinity; for the highest spiritual conception and the greatest material perfection is to attain love of God ! (sc)

Some of the most popular and important teachings are listed below:-

Thoughts about big or small, your or mine should be kept out:We should not think about how big or small can we really make things. All this is materialistic and engagespeople in tensions and greedy activities. It makes one profit oriented. Thinking about yours or mine also does the same. All the life we make and collect things for ourselves. This really dosen’t make a difference when we leave this world. We all are turned into ashes after death.(sc)

Money mind can not meditate:Bhagavad Gita talks a lot about meditation and it’s importance. Meditation is considered extremely helpful for inner peace and ‘sadhna’. Moreover, a person who thinks about making money all the time can not really engage in meditation. When a person’s mind is not stable and he or she thinks only about money, then meditation would be a failed effort for such a person.(sc)

Desires come and go:Desires come and go, but you should remain a dispassionate witness, simply watching and enjoying the show. Everyone experiences, desires but one should not be moved by them. They should not bother a person. People sometimes undertake really evil actions because of their desires. So one should not come under the chains of desires(sc)

 Krishna is the supreme:Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead. He is the original cause of all causes. He starts everything and ends everything too. He is there everywhere. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. We are just puppets whom he controls. He is divine and transcendental.(sc)

One should devote himself or herself to Krishna:The supreme personality of godhead is the ultimate support of any human being. Our fellow humans may not care for us or support as or may even leave us in our bad times but Krishna is always there for us. The person who knows this truth is never really troubled by sadness or grief.(sc)

Every action and deed of ours should be dedicated to Krishna:Whatever we do in the course of our lifetime should be dedicated to the supreme personality of Godhead. This will always result in giving us peace and satisfaction. One should consider remembering Krishna during their actions. This makes us feel that God would be there with us and our actions would turn out to be positive.(sc)

We did not bring anything to this world, neither are we going to take anything:We came to this world empty handed. We have made everything over here, be it relations, money, love or respect. Wecannot take anything with us when we die. Everything would be left over here. So we should not really do evil things when it comes to the question of our respect. Nor should we be really concerned about making as much money as possible. We should be satisfied with what we have as everything would be left over here in this material world, we won’t be able to take anything with us.(sc)

Progress and development are the rules of this universe:Things may not be the same, the way they used to be. Things and circumstances change. We should neither expect people, nor surroundings, not even society to be same. They all change with time. We move ahead. Universe forgets old things and moves forwars, so do we. We should not stick on one point, this willmake our existence much more problematic in this world(sc)

Whatever happened was good, whatever is happening is good and what all will happen in the future will be good:We should not repent about our past or worry about the future as the present is going on. We should know that God has planned everything for us. He will not let anything bad happen to us. Whatever happens is for our good only. We should be optimistic and should not stress our self with these baseless worries of past and future. If things are not favourable, they surely would be. Just have faith in the supreme personality of Godhead.(sc)

 World is perishable and whoever comes to this world surely has to go one day:This world is not immortal. One who takes birth dies one day and that is the ultimate truth of this world. Nothing exists permanently. One has to leave this world, even though he wishes not to. No magic can actually help a person to stay forever. Everyone has their set life periods. They vanish after completing them. No matter how great one is or how power one posses, all have to die one day.(sc)

Soul is immortal and our body is perishable Our soul never dies:Our soul never dies. Even after our death, it exists. It is immortal. It just changes bodies after the death of a person. Moreover, our body is made up of ‘Agni’ (fire), ‘Jal’ (water) ,’Vayu’ (wind), ‘Prithvi’ (earth) and it combines with them after the death. So we should not pay a lot of attention towards our outer body, butinstead should work for the inner soul, it’s satisfaction.(sc)

We should do our work without worrying about it’s result:When we work for getting fruits or the result from a particular action, we can’t really be our best in it. It also gives us a lot of worries about the result. We may also feel disheartened if our task or action does not yieldgood outputs. Therefore, just doing our work without really thinking about it’s result should be our motive..(sc).

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