Yoga Is Not An Exercise. - Poem by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
Body, senses, mind, intellect
And the essence of the beings
Rise from the Supreme consciousness.
Consciousness is in the body,
Organs, tissues, cells and nucleus.
It is in the whole universe.
Yoga is the conjoining
Of the micro consciousness
With macro consciousness.
Satya, Ahimsa, Asteya,
Aparigraha and Brahmacharya
Are fivefold observance of Yama.
Shauch, Santosha, Swadhyaya
Tapas, and Ishwara pranidhana
Are fivefold observance of Niyama.
Yama and Niyama are two sets
To be practiced diligently
To reap the benefit of Yoga.
Else, Yoga is an exercise.
(Satya = The truth, Ahimsa = Nonviolence, Asteya = Non-stealing,
Aparigraha = Non-hoarding,
Brahmacharya = Celebacy
Shauch = Cleanliness,
Santosha = contentment,
Swadhyaya = Selflessness, Tapas = Austerity,
Ishwara pranidhana = Surrender to Supreme)
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