This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Yoga: Liberation, transformation, health and healing

V S Elamurugan — Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam.

Yoga is a well-balanced and perfect process for liberation of the soul and transformation of man. Yoga is a means to develop the sixth sense to its fullness and to enable and equip man to enjoy a peaceful and blissful life. It is essentially an art of understanding all about the soul and realising its relationship with the body, society, world and the universe, maintaining its harmony, and finally merging with the universal soul. A major aspect of living is the experience of feelings. Feelings may be analysed into four categories, viz. - (i) Peace, (ii) Pleasure, (iii) Pain and (iv) Ecstasy. ‘Peacefulness’ enables man to progress in the right path towards liberation. ‘Pleasure’ suspends progress for a particular time. ‘Pain’ leads to confusion about the path, damages the physical structure and obstructs progress. ‘Ecstasy’ occurs when the mind gets linked with the secrets of nature. The practice of yoga will enable man to understand the process of ultimate union, and will lead to liberation and transformation. In a more mundane sense, yoga helps human beings to realise the need to develop the power of the inner being/soul, which also enables one to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of life and its complexities.

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