Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means linking. When we talk about linking, we should have clarity about the objects linking together. Through the process of Yoga, we are supposed to reestablish our lost connection with God.
Following are the foundational principles which are essential for a proper practice of Yoga:
Purpose: Yoga does not have any meaning if there is no God in the picture because Yoga is a process of linking with God. God is the Supreme Person with whom each one of us has a unique relationship of love. The commodity exchanged in Yoga is love. Because we receive loving reciprocation of God, we become spiritually satisfied.
Qualities: The most important qualities of a spiritual practitioner are inquisitive spirit and humility. We must objectively look into into our present conditions and honestly acknowledge that there is a hard struggle for existence even to maintain our bodies. Even though we are endeavoring very hard to satisfy our senses, we experience pain and misery. When we are inquisitive enough to question, “Why am I suffering?”, it marks the beginning of spiritual life. In proportion to the sincerity of our inquisitive spirit, the law-books of God provide us with answers for progress in spiritual life. At every step of our spiritual life, we need humility and submission to access the transcendental knowledge and apply the process of Yoga.
Environment: In order to practice Yoga, one’s life has to be framed in the mode of goodness, which is characterized by knowledge, cleanliness, punctuality, equanimity, and serenity. This can be achieved by bringing mode of goodness into one’s diet, activities and company.
Process: Chanting of the Holy Name attentively. The transcendental sound vibration can easily carry us to the transcendental platform, especially if our mind is absorbed in the sound. This is owing to the absolute nature of God – God and His names are identical.
Prayer: Reestablishing our lost connection with God means reviving our dormant loving relationship with God which we have forgotten. Loving relationship means with feelings. Therefore, naturally, the process of chanting is not merely lip-deep but heart-deep. With feelings, one begs to the Lord for re-acceptance in the loving relationship: “Please accept me.”