Deepak Chopra on What Yoga Is Video

Deepak Chopra, author and co-founder of the Chopra Center, explains what yoga means. He also talks about the collective consciousness and how that is connected with the rest of life. In the video he also talks about the misunderstandings of yoga.
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[Music Playing] Yoga The word yoga is the same as the English word yoke. So in the new testament for Jesus Christ said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” My interpretation is that he is referring to yoga. It means union. Union of the body and mind, and the sprit as one continue of consciousness. I think the Bhagavad Gita is about both the forces of light and the forces of darkness that exist within our own health and our own soul that are deepest nature is one of ambiguity. We have evolutionary forces there. Forces of creativity and love, and compassion, and understanding but we also have darkness inside us. The diabolical forces of separation, fear, and dilution and in most of our lives, there is a battle going on within ourselves between the sacred and the profane between the evolutionary impulses and the destructive tendencies and that is what we have between creativity on the one hand. Addictive behavior of the other hand between the divine and the diabolical, between the light and the shadow between the sacred and the profane so the Bhagavad Gita is an understanding of this battle that we have in our consciousness, that ultimately is played out in the battlefield that we called our Physical bodies, and the physical universe. So by understanding that the dynamics of these forces within our own consciousness, and by beginning to harmonize our impulses with the evolutionary impulse within us that we heal ourselves and during so we heal. Not only our physical bodies but our world because the world that we find ourselves in is a projection both of our personal consciousness and our collective consciousness. So I think it is very relevant to modern times when you see things like global warming, and time of chaos, and changing weather part is and natural disasters like hurricane Katrina and extreme poverty and economic disparities and social and justice and war and terrorism. These are the projection of a collective consciousness that is in the disarray of a collective consciousness where there is a rift in the collective soul. A collective consciousness that is evolving, but is going to allow of turbulence. Spirituality is experiential and classically in India, this brought out to yoga, but most people have a misunderstanding of yoga. They equate to it that on the physical postures that they do in the yoga studio, which one component of yoga. But yoga classic is divided into a four types and they have to do with four basic instincts that human beings have -being, feeling, thinking, and doing. So the yoga of being is meditation self reflection. The ability to shutoff the word of the senses and go to the source of our own thought, is called Raja yoga. The second you have asked is the yoga of love of true relationship and understanding that love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation, and that true relationship we can move progressively from attraction to infatuation, to communion, to intimacy, to passion, to detachment to ecstasy, which is our ground state in the exultation of our spirit. So love and relationship is the second music of experiencing spirituality and somebody does not understands spirituality, ask them if they were been in love that is the experience of spirituality. The third way of understanding yoga or having the experience of spirit is to service. When you perform service without any selfish motivation is called Karma Yoga. Then you also get in touch with the same domain of awareness that we called spirit and the fourth way of understanding spirituality is through the intellect, through the mind, through science, through understanding how the laws of nature worked because the laws of nature are in fact the mind of wilderness. [Music Playing]

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