Yogasana and Dog-asana

By | June 24, 2015

Yogasana  and Dog-asana- Shridev Sharma

Dog and SitaRam are equal after Yogic Nirvilkap Samadhi.


According to the philosophy of Yoga, the mind remains stuck in ordinary and mundane state as it is filled with impurities. First impurity according to Yogsutra is egoism. On small achievements one becomes sure of one’s greatness. One feels others are inferior creatures intellectually, mentally, socially, morally, and in many other ways. One becomes boastful. One stops listening to others or understanding that others too have a viewpoint. All this is because of egoism. And we all know when we see others doing it, what a terrible limitation it imposes on growth and on the progress of a person. But when we too indulge in egoism we seldom take notice. So Patanjali, the author of Yogsutra, sees it as an impurity and wants us to cleanse it and get rid of it in order to realize the potential of our true self.


Another impurity is ignorance. We tend to ignore and not take notice of our surroundings, circumstances, people, objects, plants, and a lot more. We fail to relate, to know, to appreciate, to understand, because we are so full of ego and sometimes we lack attention and focus. Ignorance hampers our personality; it mars our potential and performance. Ignorance is not lack of information. It is lack of awareness and sensitivity. It makes one lose one’s sensibilities. Ignorance stops one’s growth. So Patanjali, in his Yogsutra identifies it as one of the big impurities.


Then come desires. Desires are the driving force, but desires can cause disasters too, when one really is not sure what one wants or when one does know but can’t fulfill it. Sometime one does have desires that can’t be achieved. These situations lead to frustration and other distortions of personality. One can become seriously affected and impaired to perform in life. Combination of the ego, ignorance and irrational desires is fatal and can cause severe imbalance of personality.


Aversion too, when it becomes unmanageable, is another major reason to feel deep mental discomfort. It is opposed to harmony, and the person can’t coexist with what he is averse to. Aversion finds its expression in many manners and causes grave consequences for a person in many ways. It can cause an attitude when a person becomes aversion-centric and distorted. Patanjali has identified it as one of reasons for distress, trouble, and anguish.


Tenacity of mind is dwarf-ness. It is stubbornness and rigidity that is opposed to the quality of versatility that makes one grow. A man with any fixed idea or notion can’t go further in life. It creates major obstruction when a person having tenacity gets fixed in the mundane. This kind of rigidity and narrowness is another reason for aversion. A mind, when gets over-bothered with too fixed an idea, and completely fails to see another viewpoint and appreciate anything on merits and objectivity, can’t grow beyond the mundane.

Yogasana and Dog-asana

So Patanjali’s idea is to create a person who could grow beyond all five limiting and troublesome blocks. His idea is of inner expansion and growth. A mind, which has outgrown aforesaid impurities, cannot be much bothered if yogic exercises are compared to dog stretching. After all dog too have same atman as people who are making comparisons. That’s where the beauty of yogic philosophy lies.