Lessons of The Yogi

Young Yogi
Image credit: Kristian Niemi

A Yogi, or Yogini if you are a woman, is more than somebody that has mastered the art of Yoga. They have also mastered their emotions and the art of life.

To be a Yogi/Yogini means more than engaging in the physical practice of yoga – the exercise is a means to helping your achieve greater things in life and lead a richer existence with more qualities, both internally and externally.

I am not a yogi, so cannot write this article from an established point-of-view, but I can explain the mantras involved for you to become a yogi. So if you are like me and want to improve the world around you, learn the lessons of the Yogi and practice as often as you can.

After one month, I am already noticing great changes…

  1. Mantra

A mantra is an affirmation that helps the initiate to concentrate on a particular point of focus – so choose an intent, just one and stick with that until accomplished. It is therefore better to start small and start by improving yourself, such as ridding yourself of anger, anxiety or addictions.

The mantra you choose to repeat during meditation should relate to the goal you wish to achieve as if you have already achieved, therefore you speak in the present tense rather than the future tension. For example

“I am calm and free from anger.”

Your mantra can also be something you want to manifest in your life, but these things can take time, and if you do not get immediate results you will probably give up on this entire episode and stop learning. Which will be to your detriment.

So start by improving your character, because when you improve yourself, you improve your circumstances and your immediate environment.

  1. I Am Master of Myself

Your purpose in life is to become master of your thoughts, emotions and actions – the magical triangle of manifestation. Whether you want to believe it or not, your mind has been programmed, usually in a negative way.

Angel Gabriel slaying demons of temptation
Angels slaying demons symbolically represents you have to control your mind against temptation

Once programmed it is easy to live life passively and carry out the same old habitual duties you have always done, because you think that is the natural or right thing to do.

As a result, the habitual mind causes us to operate on auto-pilot and we continuously move in the same life cycles we always have – which results in getting more of what we already have. So if you have a life that is continuously throwing shit at you, you need to change yourself.

To break out of this cycle you need to learn how to control your demons by reprogram your mind, which you can do by repeating mantras during meditation. If you do not know how to meditate, simply repeat the mantra “I am master of myself” every day and dwell upon your thoughts. Just being still and contemplating is meditating.

Remember, the “I” is your awakened higher consciousness and everything that happens to you is a challenge you must overcome. There are lessons to learn at every phase of your life.

  1. I radiate thought waves

Science accepts that we radiate thought patterns that can affect the actions and thoughts of others around you. Think of it as sending and receiving radio signals or small particles of energy. You are probably already familiar with karma – the energy you end is the energy you receive.

Therefore commit this mantra to memory and repeat it daily: “I radiate thought waves of the kind I desire to receive from others.” Eventually, you will train your mind to think mostly positive thoughts and love and light.

  1. Mantra and meditation

Meditating whilst continuously repeating a mantra can strengthen the thought in your mind so that it eventually becomes habitual thinking to you. This is a type of self-programming exercise. Therefore in order to strengthen the two exercises above and make your thoughts, actions and emotions stronger and positive, repeat the following mantra whilst meditating:

“Thought is a Living Force. I will use it wisely and well!”

As part of the collective consciousness, you have a responsibility to project positive energy into the world. If you know of anybody that needs positive energy or an injection of pure thought, direct positive thoughts towards them, either by affirming you want to bless them before you begin meditating and visualising them during the exercise.

  1. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

There is an old yogic saying that goes: “Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ears can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak in the presence of the Masters, it must have lost the power to wound.”

When your eyes of incapable of tears, you lose sense of pride and are not hurt by unkind criticism or abuse, unfriendly gestures or life’s little annoyances and disappointments. Yogis have the power to rise above them.

Once you come to realise the remarks of others cannot hurt the Real Self, you become more secure in the knowledge that your Soul and only your Soul holds the power of destiny. You do not see, hear or feel pain directed towards you by others.

You also come to appreciate that you should not aim spiteful or malicious abuse at others. However, a man in an advanced state of consciousness will recognise times when it is appropriate to say something to others which will not be pleasant to them. Under such circumstances you should be empathetic and understand their point of view and feel their pain. Speak to them like a loving brother or sister and offer advice.

  1. Fall in with The Law

Man must learn to work together with the natural laws of nature in order to accomplish the tasks we have been set. Until we pass these tests they will continue to repeat themselves and each time we fail the consequences are greater.

By successfully working in harmony with the laws of nature, you will grow emotionally and spiritually. The gift of hindsight enables us to see where we went wrong in the past. Being aware that life is a lesson, the initiate can better address challenges sooner and with a clarity of thought – even if the lesson is confusing at first, you will also work it out once you realise it is a test.

  1. The triangle of manifestation

Some have called it the law of attraction and whilst the title is not wrong per se, the superficial advice mainstream

Image Credit: Vinoth Chandar
Image Credit: Vinoth Chandar

commentators want you to believe is utter lobbocks. Yogis refer to law of attraction by using the bodily functions that truly manifest things in your life accordance to natural laws; head, heart, hands.

This philosophy is also known as the triangle of manifestation and requires intelligent thought, love and hard work. Your head must be clear and free from stress, fear or anguish. Analyse the tasks you are faced with and think before you act.

The heart is the ultimate vehicle of love, but our understanding of love is misguided. The type of love you need is not the basic need for physical love in a passionate or sentimental sense, but an understanding that your sympathy, compassion and kindness is required for the positive evolution of man.

The hand represents actions, because without action nothing gets done thus your initial idea will not come to fruition. Sometimes you will be called upon to learn new skills, and the hand must be trained in order to become adept at fulfilling the requirements.

  1. Detach from your body

Your body is merely a vehicle for your soul – the “I” – to experience life on Earth. The real “I” is independent of the body, and is therefore capable of leaving the body. During meditation, practice mentally ignoring your body until you can awaken to a sense the “I” and experience the consciousness of your true nature.

To do this find a quiet place where you can silently meditate and empty your mind of all thought. Do not repeat a mantra, and when a thought comes into your head, become aware of the thought and cut it off at source. Don’t complete the thought, try to not even start the thought.

The eight lessons above should not be confused with the classic eight limbs of a yogi which incorporates all facets of life and have a deeper meaning. The above is a basic introduction of how you can use mediation and mantras to start creating a new you!

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