[Advaita-l] Physical Fitness

Kale Balkrishna kale1972 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 01:50:55 CST 2011


The great scriptures prescribe that Putra- Son / Mitra – Friends / Kalatra –
Wife / Sukh – Happiness or Pleasure, one can find in each birth. But being
born as a human being and achieve true knowledge is rarest of rare. We have
born as a human being after passing through so many YONIS. We are finally
blessed with this mortal body after accumulating Punya from our millions of
previous births. Without any of our meritorious deeds which we might have
done in our previous birth this is just IMPOSSIBLE to achieve.

A Jeeva which roams between so many YONIS can enjoy and share the happiness
from his son / wife and friends but cannot get rid of his difficulties
(KASTA) which he is suppose to go through in his present birth. Without any
alternate the Jeeva has to travel between the cycle of birth and death and
face the consequences as per his SWAKARMA.

It’s a known fact and everybody accepts that HUMAN BEING is superior amongst
all JEEVA – JANTU (all kind of living beings) and he can do his upliftment
according to his intelligence and brainpower.

If one has to achieve his goals both in LOUKIKA and ADHYATMICA fields then
it is very important for him to keep fit in terms of mind and health. Most
of the time mental health and physical heath are inter dependent. As it is
impossible to keep our mind and temper in control, vice-versa it is very
necessary for all of us to keep our health in utmost control.

GOD has given us this HUMAN BODY to live our life according to our DHARMA.
Dharmacharana is one of the most important part of our life with which we
can become nearer and dearer to GOD, but we tend to break this due to one or
the other reason. If we perform out duties as per our DHARMA then we can
live happily not only in this world (IHALOKA) but also in THAT WORLD
(Paraloka). By insulting DHARMA one will sure fall into the loop of troubles
and can never live happily. This HUMAN BODY is the instrument to practice
DHARMA and one should not forget this.

The bottom line is one can achieve the PURUSHARTHA CHATUSTYA (Dharma Artha
Kama Moksha) only by keeping himself healthy and follow the instructions as
prescribed by the DHARMA. The important amongst the four PURUSHARTHA is
MOKSHA. One has to try hard to achieve this. One needs to keep this as his
ultimate GOAL. If not in this birth then let it be in next following births.
Our PUNYA earned in this birth will sure carry forward and make us reach our

हरये नमः

Kale Balkrishna
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2011/3/5 V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> The Bhagavadgita says:
> नियतं कुरु कर्म त्वं कर्म ज्यायो ह्यकर्मणः।
> *शरीरयात्रापि च ते न प्रसिद्ध्येदकर्मणः*।।3.8।।
> //यतः कर्म ज्यायः अधिकतरं फलतः, हि यस्मात् अकर्मणः अकरणात् अनारम्भात्।
> कथम्?
> *शरीरयात्रा शरीरस्थितिः अपि च ते तव न प्रसिध्येत् प्रसिद्धिं न गच्छेत्
> अकर्मणः अकरणात्*। अतः दृष्टः कर्माकर्मणोर्विशेषो लोके।//
> // hi, for, from the point of view of result; karma, action; is jyayah,
> superior; akarmanah, to inaction, to non-performance (of duties). Why? Ca,
> and; akarmanah, through inaction; api, even; te sarira-yatra, the
> maintenance of your body; na prasiddhyet, will not be possible. Therefore,
> the distinction between action and in action is abvious in this world.//
> The Bhagavadgita verse covers the aspect of physical fitness too for a
> spiritual aspirant:
> युक्ताहारविहारस्य युक्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु।
> युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगो भवति दुःखहा।।6.17।।
> -- युक्ताहारविहारस्य आह्रियते इति आहारः अन्नम्, *विहरणं विहारः पादक्रमः*,
> तौ
> युक्तौ नियतपरिमाणौ यस्य सः युक्ताहारविहारः तस्य, तथा युक्तचेष्टस्य युक्ता
> नियता चेष्टा यस्य कर्मसु तस्य, तथा युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य युक्तौ स्वप्नश्च
> अवबोधश्च तौ नियतकालौ यस्य तस्य, युक्त्ताहारविहारस्य युक्त्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु
> युक्त्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगिनो योगो भवति दुःखहा दुःखानि सर्वाणि हन्तीति
> दुःखहा, सर्वसंसारदुःखक्षयकृत योगः भवतीत्यर्थः।।अथ अधुना कदा युक्तो भवति
> इत्युच्यते -- ।।6.17।।
> //6.17 Yogah bhavati, Yoga becomes; duhkha-ha, a destroyer of sorrow-that
> which destroys (hanti) all sorrows (duhkhani)-, i.e., Yoga destroys all
> worldly sorrows; yukta-ahara-viharasya, of one whose* eating and movements
> are regulated*- ahara (lit. food) means all that is gathered in, According
> to the Commentator, ahara, which also means food, includes mental 'food as
> well. (See Chandogya Up. 7.26.2.-आहारशुद्धौ सत्त्वशुद्धिः..ध्रुवा स्म्तिः).
> and *vihara means moving about, walking*; one for whom these two are
> regulated (yukta) is yukta-ahara-vihara-; and also yukta-cestasya, of one
> whose effort (cesta) is moderate (yukta); karmasu, in works; similarly,
> yukta-svapna-avabodhasya, of one whose sleep (svapna) and wakefulness
> (avabodha) are temperate (yukta), have regulated periods. To him whose
> eating and movements are regulated, whose effort in work is moderate, whose
> sleep and wakefulness are temperate, ome concentrated? That is being
> presentlYoga becomes a destroyer of sorrows.When does a man becy stated: //
> Here we see what is spoken as psycho-somatic is referred to.  The gross
> body
> and the subtle body are to be taken care of by regulation in food and
> activity.  Sleep and wakefulness are also being taught to be regulated.
> These are something that modern science, especially medical science, too
> talks for a person's well being.
> ॐ *आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः
> श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि ।*
> सर्वं ब्रह्मौपनिषदं माऽहं ब्रह्म निराकुर्यां मा
> मा ब्रह्म निराकारोदनिराकरणमस्त्वनिराकरणं मेऽस्तु ।
> तदात्मनि निरते य उपनिषत्सु धर्मास्ते मयि सन्तु ते मयि सन्तु ॥
> (ShAnti pATha for Kenopanishad)
> In the Taittiriya Upanishad 1.4.1 we have:
> शरीरं मे विचर्षणम्, जिह्वा मे मधुमत्तमा ...(May my body be fit...)
> Here again in 2.8.1  we have:  आशिष्ठो *दृढिष्ठो बलिष्ठः ...*.
> //Suppose there is a young man—a noble young man in the prime of life,
> good,
> learned, *firm in body and strong *and possesses the whole world, full of
> wealth, is his: that is one measure of human bliss. //
> Regards,
> subrahmanian.v
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