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    Re: To heal mind,better to focus on...which yama and niyama?

    I am assuming you are asking this question, because you feel that at the moment you cannot practice all yamas and niyamas. In that case, focus on tapas, svadhyaya and ishvara pranidhana. This is what Patanjali calls kriya yoga.

    None of the yamas and niyamas are in contradiction with (gaudiya) vaishnavism. Just don't read about them from dubious sources like Himalayan academy.

    To give an example of what you can do in alignment with your Vaishnava path.

    tapas = follow ekadashi vrata with complete fasting
    svadhyaya = do japa of the Maha mantra (Hare Krishna Mantra) and study the scriptures
    Ishvara Pranidhana = worship and meditate on Krishna

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    Re: To heal mind,better to focus on...which yama and niyama?

    Namaste all!

    Quote Originally Posted by c.smith View Post
    Am sorry that you feel that I did not read the entire thread as you are incorrect in you assumption.
    In this case I apologise

    @Sahasranama thank you very much for your suggestion!

    I am assuming you are asking this question, because you feel that at the moment you cannot practice all yamas and niyamas.
    No,the matter was that I was not sure if follow them as described in the Yoga-sutra or as described in the writing of Himalayan Acadamy,that is really a double source considering what Subramuni says about Bhagavad-Gita and Purana

    tapas = follow ekadashi vrata with complete fasting
    I am not able to follow a complete fasting,so I decided that I will eat just fruit(and maybe-before going to bed-also milk) for Ekadashi.

    By the way now I feel ready to follow all the yama(includind Brahmacharya) and niyama as described here: http://veda.wikidot.com/ashtanga-yoga

    However thank you very much for your advice about align yama and niyama with my vaishnava path!

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    I aspire to have the darshan(vision) of the Lord

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    Re: To heal mind,better to focus on...which yama and niyama?

    I don't understand why the founder of Himalayan Academy has an axe to grind with the Bhagavad Gita. It is quite sad that he had to stoop that low.

    You can also read the conversation between Kapila Muni and Devahuti in the Srimad Bhagavatam about Sankhya and Ashtanga yoga.

    Read this commentary on the yoga sutra, it is written by a devotee of Krishna, but he is not dogmatic about Vaishnavism. It is also a good source for other Hindus.

    The Yoga Sutras of Pata˝jali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary

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    Re: To heal mind,better to focus on...which yama and niyama?

    Namaste Yajvan.

    Reveread elder,could you please elaborate the following?

    Quote Originally Posted by yajvan View Post
    Please note that yama and niyama are complimentary to each other... one supports the other. That is the brilliance of the design. They are not in discrete packets, but smoothly ~spill~ into each other.
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