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YOGI

YOGI

Yogi or mystic is a person who has kept his focus on God and keeps always God in his remembrance. He has left sense gratification, desires, possessiveness and work only for the performance of prescribed duty without any attachment for results. He is better than a person who does not work at all. Yogi keep his mind, body and self in relationship with God. 

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Yogi controls his mind. He prefers to live in a lonely place away from the crowd. Some follow eightfold yoga system and other remains in trance by controlling inhaling and exhaling air and some by stopping air in the nostril and some by eating less and there are some people who follow hath yoga where they remain in some physical discomfort to come out of material contamination. Bhagavad Gita has prescribed certain rules for Yogi. 

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Celibacy is an important requisite for a Yogi. He or She has to keep in meditation with closed or open eyes and do endeavour to purify his or her mind with simple living and leaving all forms of sense gratifications. Some yogi keep themselves in meditation while working with open eyes. It is just like your mother is cooking food for you but her mind is thinking or focused on God only. 

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You have to conquer your mind otherwise it will drag you down to hell. You will attain peace and tranquillity by controlling your mind. After reaching such a position, happiness and distress, heat and cold, honour and dishonour are all the same. True Yogi remains satisfied with acquired knowledge and realisation and remains in transcendence while treating all things and persons whether friend or enemy as same. 
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Yogi lives a life of equilibrium in eating, sleeping, recreation, work. This helps in decreasing material pains. He has to self discipline his mental activities. Yogi enjoys in self only and has the ability to see his soul by pure mind. Controlling the mind is not that easy but can be achieved by practice and detachment. 

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Progress in this path never goes waste as if a yogi could not achieve his goal in this lifetime then he gets next birth in a family of pious people's where he starts his practice again for self-realisation as his divine consciousness of previous birth gets him attracted to yoga or meditation. After many births, he finally attains the supreme goal called self-realisation and God realisation.  In Bhagavad Gita, God Krishna has said that of all the yogis, the yogi which always keeps Krishna in his remembrance and provide devotional service to him is united with Krishna in yoga. 

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Yogi has to keep himself away from desires, sense gratification, fear, agitated mind and meditate Krishna in his heart and makes Krisha the ultimate goal of his life. To practice yoga, Yogi has to go to a lonely place and should lay kusa grass covered with soft cloth on a sacred place at a position neither too high not too low. He should fix his mind on one point by keeping body, neck, head in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose by sitting firmly on his seat.

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Yogi or meditator have the strength to fix his life air between eyebrows at the time of death and remember God with full devotion. They will attain God without fail. Some sages who are well versed in Vedas and are in renounced order will enter into Brahman by uttering Omkara - the syllable OM. Yogi brings his soul to the top of his head by fixing the mind on the heart where the super soul resides closing all doors of senses. He thus establish himself in Yoga. If yogi sitting in this posture leaves his body while uttering syllable "OM"  and thinking Supreme Personality of Godhead with devotion, he will surely reach the pious planets in the spiritual sky where pious souls reside. 

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There are two ways to leaving this world after death. One is the path of light and other is the path of darkness. When any yogi leaves this world after death in the day time under the influence of fire God, at an auspicious moment of the day, in light, during the period when the illumination of the moon is increasing and when the sun is in the northern hemisphere, then he will never return to this miserable and dangerous material world but reach the abode of Supreme God. On the other hand, When any yogi leaves this world after death in the night time, during the smoke,  fog, mist, during darkness, during the period when the illumination of the moon is decreasing and when the sun is in the southern hemisphere, then he will return to this miserable and dangerous material world again after spending some time at moon planet. When one passes from this world in light, then he does not come back to this material world but when one passes from this world in the night, he returns back to this material world.

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Although devotees of Supreme God Shri Krishna knows these two paths but they are not puzzled or confused. The rule of two paths does not apply to devotees. One should always remain fixed in devotional service to the supreme personality of Godhead Shri Krishna.


Thanks for reading the blog.

Obeisance my spiritual master and God.

Hare Krishna

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