I S H T A MALA इष्ट माला
A P r a c t i c e f o r L i f e
Be Your Own ‘Wish Fulfilling Tree’.
Using whatever ‘appears’ limiting, to free yourself of limitation,
you the realise there was no limit to begin with.
Success in yoga comes in finding out your limitless nature.
Seeking the limit you realise you always were the limitless. You just didn’t know it.
Through yogabhyasa – asana – we prepare ourselves for the ultimate journey of discovery. That is from our limited selves to our unlimited selves.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला | A Practice for Life
Keeping the body fit is the first stop on the journey. In its natural state the body’s ability to help us reach our natural destination is key. I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला helps bring us to that final destination which is ourselves.
Fitting lifestyles and adjusting to any time frame, once you commit the sequence to memory, I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला does the rest. Becoming second nature,
what normally takes lifetimes of effort can be achieved in a very short time.
Abiding by the ageless wisdom of the Tamil siddhas, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला opens the doorway to the body’s unlimited energy flows. Called nadhis, doing the practice opens the nadhis on a daily basis.
To ensure the flow of life force, energy – pranshakti – in daily life, once you eliminate ama आम toxicity in the body, doing ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला maintains the juice or sap in the body called ojas, that makes our immune system strong and able to ward off disease.
Ojas flourishes when the body no longer has to draw on its energy reserves. Filling nearly 72,000 nadhis including sushumna, with full power, the whole nervous system becomes charged with magnetic life force
Practiced daily this is nadhi sodhana.
S I D D H A N T A – The End of Yoga
‘Sthira Sukham Asanam’ – Patanjali Yoga Sutras
What Patanjali says in this sutra – “Asana should be steady and comfortable’, turns out to be easier said than done. Because ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला helps get the body into siddhasana, (accomplished pose) the final asana in yoga, it gets the job done.
Getting all the nadhis pure and able to sit comfortably in siddhasana opens the fuel lines and sets the stage for rocket launch and yoga to lift off.
This is when sadhakas take up Kriya Siddha breathing; pranabhyasa and meditation practices.
SIDDHASANA is not called the last asana for nothing. Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other texts say the same thing. Sitting in siddhasana gives you the leverage to literally be able to milk the body of it’s juice – ojas. Tricking the body into releasing ojas is the trick of pranabhyasa sadhana. Mastering swara स्वर, the flow of sun and moon energy in the body siddhanta is accomplished.
Nowadays keeping up a daily yoga routine is difficult.
With time limited, I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला adjusts to any time frame making the daily practice of I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला simple and leaves no room for excuse.
Until the nadhis are fully open you cannot really expand prana.
Like trying to ignite damp fire wood with wet matches, without preparation nothing combusts.
Success requires that aspirants live a moderate lifestyle. Called mithahari – sticking to a moderate organic vegetarian diet is essential. Because the body has to deal with the contaminated world food chain, pesticides poison the nadhis. To keep the nadhis opened and awake you need to be cautious what type of food you consume.
Once the body’s pure vital energy is harnessed by mastering the magnetic flow of Sun and Moon energy, swara स्वर, pure dynamic magnetism flourishes. When the body of the yogi is full of ojas, amrit nectar secretes. Mastering swara स्वर combined with the flowering in the knowledge of the absolute timeless nature of reality, soma the divine elixir of life releases and the yogi, in full harmony with the rest of the world becomes their own ‘wish fulfilling tree’.
Able to achieve any desired end, living synchronistically, siddhanta the end of yoga is accomplished.
How to live synchronistically and harness the pure magnetic dynamism that is the power of sun and moon is a secret that has long been kept by the Siddhas.
Thousand year old Siddha Palm leaf manuscripts left by the Siddhas describing the 4448 diseases of man and their 4448 cures
The principle of Tantra (तन्त्र), Siddha Medicine, Alchemy and Ayurveda.
The timeless thread that weaves the tapestry of Yoga, Siddha medicine and Ayurveda is, using the limitation to free you of limitation. i.e. Using the disease to cure you of the disease.
Observing the body’s behaviour, it will be noticed that the body uses whatever it falls on to lift itself. Falling on a log of wood, on the earth or a stone for instance, the body uses the earth or rock it falls on to pick itself back up. Using the body’s example, yogis have been using the limitation of the body, through which we as conscious human beings ‘appear to fall’, ever since. This weaves the tapestry of tantra.
Using the body to bring it back to its natural state, yoga then shifts gears and uses the breath, the next limitation to expand and lift energy and vitality through pranayama.
Using the breath to milk the body through pranabhyasa – fills the body with Ojas, (vital life force and energy) and the body no longer restricted, naturally breaks free of it’s physical bonds.
In it’s natural state, the body uses its energy to be self perpetuating. By slowing down the heart rate and freeing the metabolism, the body of a yogi can go on living over extended periods of time without apparently breathing. Like frogs and other animal’s hibernate, siddhas slowed down their metabolism and heart rate. Buried siddhas can be found underground all around Tamli Nadhu in south India.
Once the practice of yoga is successful, through knowledge, vidya- learning the truth of oneself, lets go all limited ignorance avidya. Ignorance has always been the only hurdle and limitation. Using the last limitation; limited mind and thoughts, the teacher of ATMA VIDYA, by revealing the true nature of the Self, frees the person of ignorance and the jiva (individual) is finally free.
Throughout the ages, the goal of yoga has always been absolute freedom and liberation – Moksha.
ATMA VIDYA, knowing That One alone which exists without a second is the purest form of tantra.
Your true nature having always been free and ever existing, needs no ritual or practice to be itself. Knowing your outcome has always been the Truth itself, all fears and doubts, including the fear of death is overcome. All pain, suffering and misery due to ignorance then disappears.
Having only been due to ignorance, once knowledge takes the place of ignorance, never ending happiness anandam replaces suffering. Satchitananda having always been our true nature, inseparably eternally one with Ishvara God – Creator – death becomes a joke. Liberated from the final limitation yoga is then successful.
The person who flowers in the absolute knowledge and truth of themselves is forever free.
इष्टम् ISHTAM is the complete resting in the knowledge of Yoga, Oneness or Completeness as nothing but one’s own Self.
Revelling in the pure joy of moksha knowing your nature as pure auspiciousness – SATCHITANANDA – from then on, the fully liberated person is known as Jivanmuktah – free and liberated while living. (see ISHTA Vidya इष्ट विद्या ).
Om Namaha Shivaya – Shivoham Shivoham
Because the journey from absolute limitation to absolute freedom is the most powerful and meaningful journey anyone can undertake in their lifetime, finding the right guidance is advisable.
* The term इष्ट माला ISHTA-MALA derives from Ishvarapranidana at the heart of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. इष्ट माला ISHTA-MALA is a garland of practices that if done daily, balances the doshas and re-establishes ojas in the system. A healthy body paves the way for establishing a personal relationship with our Ishtadev – our personal deity and hence – Ishvara – God. The job of the Ishtadevata is to bring you to the Truth. With a prepared and clear mind, called adhikari, you are ready to catch a glimpse (darshan) of the Truth which was ever gained and ever existing as your own Self. माला Mala is a daily offering of Tapas at the feet of Isha the Divine.
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