I S H T A MALA इष्ट माला
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Definition of Tantra: Using ‘limitation’ to free ourselves of limitation we realise there was never any limitation to begin with.
Success in yoga comes through finding out that you already are the destination and outcome that yoga intended and yoga – oneness – is never anything but your true nature – already gained.
Seeking your limit you discover the limitless.
Using the limited form of the body, through yogabhyasa – asana – we start to prepare ourselves for the ultimate discovery of the truth as nothing but the absolute unlimited nature of your Self.
ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला | A Practice for Life
Contracting and expanding according to each persons individual ability, I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला adjusts to any lifestyle and fits any time frame.
Keeping the body fit means in its natural state. This can demand a lot of time and effort. The goal of I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला is once you commit the sequence to memory, the practice takes over and becomes second nature.
Because I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला adjusts to everyone’s ability and available time slot and yoga is already the true nature of every human being it ensures no one can miss out.
All it needs is remembering.
Adhering to ageless principles of yogabhyasa taught by the Tamil siddhas, ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला keeps the body’s energy flows called the nadhis wide open and pure and ensures the vital flow of life force, energy – pranshakti into your daily life.
By eliminating ama आम toxicity daily ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला maintains the juice or sap in the body called ojas that we need if our immune system is to function properly and ward off disease.
Once ojas fills sushumna nearly 72,000 nadhis in the body reboot. This happens through asana. Replenished with pranashakti piercing the nadhis the whole nervous system fills with magnetic life force.
Practicing ISHTA-Mala इष्ट माला daily keeps the nadhis open.
This daily practice in yoga is called 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. Yoga asana is designed to get the body safely into siddhasana, (accomplished pose) the final asana in yoga.
Once all the nadhis in the body are purified the next goal of the yogabhyasi, (yoga practitioner) is to get the body to sit for as long as possible as comfortably as possible. Being able to rest in siddhasana sets the stage for the real work of yoga – the Kriya Siddha breathing, pranabhyasa and meditation practices to begin.
SIDDHASANA is not called the last asana in Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other texts for nothing. Once the sadhaka can sit in siddhasana it affords the leverage for the whole body system to literally be milked of body juice called ojas. Tricking the body into releasing ojas is the trick of yoga. One who eventually masters this masters swara स्वर, the energy of sun and moon flowing in the body.
Nowadays keeping up a daily yoga routine with limited time is difficult.
This is why I S H T A Mala इष्ट माला makes it simple. Adjusting to any time frame it makes yoga possible and leaves no excuse.
Before the nadhis can be fully awake and expansion of prana possible the body has to be prepared.
Like trying to ignite a fire with damp logs or wet matches, without preparation of the body through asana first nothing combusts.
Because siddha, accomplishment in yoga requires living a moderate lifestyle, called mithahari – sticking to a moderate vegetarian diet is essential because it helps to keep the nadhis clear and keep them fully opened and awake.
For the sadhaka – siddhanta the end of yoga then becomes possible.
Harnessing the body’s pure vital energy and life flow and mastering swara स्वर, the magnetic flow of Sun and Moon energy, allows the pure magnetic dynamism to flow as nectar amrit and life to flow dynamically and synchronistically. Mastering swara स्वर the yogi in harmony with the world, becomes their own ‘wish fulfilling tree’.
Able to achieve all desired goals with ease and live synchronistically in the world siddhanta the end of yoga is possible.
How to live synchronistically and harness the full power available as pure magnetic dynamism 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 using what limits us to free ourselves of all limitation is the timeless thread that weaves the tapestry of Yoga.
The principle of Tantra (तन्त्र), Siddha Medicine, Alchemy and Ayurveda.
Observing the human body’s behaviour, ancient yogis noticed that the body uses whatever it falls on to lift itself. Falling on a log of wood or on the earth for instance, the body uses what it falls on to lift itself back up again. Thus taking a cue from the body yogis decided to use the body, through which we as conscious human beings ‘appear to fall’, to pull themselves back up again. Using asana to pull the body back to its natural state, able to sit comfortably, through pranayama, breathing exercises, yoga then changes gears and uses the next limitation; that of the breath, to expand the energy and vitality.
Through milking the body – the natural expansion of prana shakti takes place.
Filled with Ojas, (vital life force and energy) the body naturally breaks free of it’s physical limitations.
In this natural state, the body energy becomes self perpetuating. By slowing down the heart rate and freeing the metabolism, the body of a yogi can go on living for extended periods of time without apparently breathing. Like frogs and other animal go into hibernation yogis historically have been known to do the same wth their bodies.
Once the practices of yoga are successful, through knowledge vidya – ignorance being the final limitation is let go. Using the limitation of the mind and thoughts, through ATMA VIDYA knowledge of the Self the final limitation of ignorance is let go – and the jiva (individual) is free.
Throughout the ages, the goal of yoga has always been absolute freedom and liberation – Moksha – from all limitation. Therefore knowledge ATMA VIDYA is the purest form of tantra. Knowing your true nature as having always been free and ever existing, needing no ritual or practices one can finally know their outcome as always having been the Truth itself. Overcoming all our fears including the fear of death, all pain, suffering and misery due to ignorance disappears.
Having only been due to ignorance, once knowledge replaces ignorance and never ending happiness anandam replaces suffering, satchitananda knowing our true nature as inseparably one with Ishvara God – Creator – death becomes a joke. Liberated from the final limitation yoga is then successful.
The person – flowering in the absolute knowledge and truth of themselves is forever free.
इष्टम् ISHTAM then is the final complete resting in the knowledge that Yoga, Oneness or Completeness is nothing but ones own Self.
Revelling in the joy of pure auspiciousness – SATCHITANANDA – from then on, the fully liberated person is Jivanmuktah – free and liberated while living. (see ISHTA Vidya इष्ट विद्या ).
Om Namaha Shivaya – Shivoham Shivoham
Because the journey from limitation to 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 the heart of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. इष्ट माला ISHTA-MALA is a garland of practices that used daily balance the doshas and re-establishes ojas in the system. A healthy body paves the way to establishing a personal relationship through our Ishtadev – our personal deity – with Ishvara – God. The job of our Ishtadevata is to reveal 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 Self. Doing माला Mala daily is the offering, Tapas at the feet of Isha the Divine.
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