New Year Sankalpa
1997 is a year for progressing in yogic life. Until now many of us have
been practitioners, but we have never experienced any real change or development
in our life. To attain the fulfilment, wholeness and completeness of yoga,
resolve to observe the following points in the coming year:
- Sincerity in practice: to think and live yoga, to make yoga a part
of our lifestyle, just as eating and sleeping are a part. Yoga is a
way of life, not just a practice to be done for half an hour in the
morning and half an hour in the evening, and then forgotten.
- Discipline of the inner being: to observe our emotional, mental,
rational and irrational actions, reactions and interactions and thereby
develop self-discipline. Only then can we experience real freedom. Discipline
is not an imposition of rules. Rules are only guidelines, but through
them we learn to observe ourselves.
- Inner strength: to achieve self-discipline, inner strength is necessary.
We cannot attain the fulfilment of yoga in our life if we are loose
and undisciplined within ourselves, if we follow the sway of the mind.
We must be very strong, and for acquiring inner strength, ashram life
especially in Munger, is helpful. A regulated life is necessary to discipline
and to focus the internal being.
- Purity of intention: the intention, the goal of life, has to be
pure and clear, then only can we progress towards it. If our intention
is not pure, all of our efforts in spiritual life will be futile.
- Consistent lifestyle: our lifestyle should be based on spiritual
principles, not on the whims of the mind. If we live according to the
whims of the mind, we will wake up at 8:00 a.m. and have tea in bed.
That is a lethargic lifestyle. To reach for the fulfilment of yoga,
our lifestyle must be conducive to our mental, emotional and spiritual
These are the five points which can help us in the coming year in order
to experience the wholeness and fulfilment of yoga and to realize the
ultimate purpose of our life.
Wishing you all a happy New Year,