BEYOND SPACE AND TIME
Having taken birth on this planet as humans gives us a definite advantage over other forms of life existing here .Undisputedly, we are the most evolved and advanced species amongst all. Humans have made many inventions, unraveled many secrets of the universe but still haven’t been able to tame all. We are still bound by natural laws, by the influences of universal forces that are beyond our control, we are still bound by life and death! Yogic science establishes that as long as man will be caught in the clutches of space and time, he will never really be victorious and free.
Let us first discuss about the “space” concept. Of course, as homosapiens we possess a beautiful body. This body occupies space and has weight. As long as we are in this body, identifying ourselves with the weight of the body, the volume of the body, we will always be limited by natural forces that will continuously act on the body. The concept of “time” relates to mind and the thoughts that arise in it every moment. Every thought is a reflection of our bondage of time. This is because every thought either comes from the past (deals with the past) or is about the future. As long as there are thoughts in our mind, we are bound by “time”.
Freedom from space and time implies overcoming the natural forces that act on this physical body such as gravitation, pressure, weight etc as well as freedom from “thoughts” respectively. It is only when a human being is able to cross the bondage of space and time that “The Ultimate Truth” can be experienced and Yoga is a scientific path of getting just there!!
The practice of postures (Asanas) has been designed to drop the body. In the practice of postures as one takes different body positions, the attempt is towards establishment of balance in such a way that body becomes weightless. In Patanjali Yoga Sutras (one of the principle books on Yoga), postures have been described as to be “stable” and “comfortable” (Sthiram Sukham Asanam). The establishment of stability and comfortability in any posture is possible by establishing weightlessness. The more the body becomes light (weightless), the more it becomes free from the influences of natural forces. When a practitioner is able to achieve complete weightlessness, he does not feel his own body; an indication of freedom from “space”.
Attaining freedom from “time” is another aspect of yogic practice. Today we cannot imagine living even a minute without having thoughts. To achieve a calm and thoughtless mind, Yogis have worked on the inter-relationship between body, breath and mind and attempted to work on the mind using body and breath as mediums also. Thus, be it the practice of postures or of Pranayamas or of Meditation, mind is being worked upon and trained simultaneously to be free from the thoughts. Of course, “Awareness” plays a key role here as it is the presence of awareness that decides the quality of one’s practice. As the practice becomes deeper, the practitioner experiences the benefits in the form of less thought process overtime.
And it is when the existence of body is nullified (freedom from space) and the mind becomes void too (thoughtless), that the bondages of space and time are broken, the Nature is tamed and the reality is experienced.View All Post