Modern Practices From The Vedas
Did you know that the ancient Indian practice of Surya Namaskar is not worshipping the Sun God, but is actually a set of yoga postures and stretches which are designed to wake up your entire body and mind, to fill you with energy for the day ahead? There are many such practices in the Vedas which have been designed to help us uplift our life. We handpicked 3 such practices which are globally popular and followed hugely, and yet the fact that they have their roots in ancient Vedas is unknown to many.
Transcendental meditation: The latest fad in the world of meditation techniques owes its birth to the humble Vedas! Popularised by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi since 1955, transcendental meditation (TM) is deep-rooted in the Vedas where it was known more by its Sanskrit name dhyana (complete meditative focus). TM is practised to guide people to move closer to their inner self and rise above their trivial problems and daily routine. TM uses mantras to help people focus their energies on one source, i.e. the mind, and observe its complex workings as a detached witness. Such calm observation with the accompaniment of mantras helps them control their mind better and allow it to slow down, which in turn increases positive vibrations and their spiritual quotient. This practice is now followed worldwide and is heavily supported by David Lynch, Hugh Jackman and a host of other celebrities who are discovering it to help them lead a better and more holistic lifestyle.
Yoga: Yoga, an ancient Indian philosophy which has its roots in Vedic civilisation, has become an important practice in modern society as the way to lead a healthy and holistic life. Not only Indians, but even the Western world follows it in their daily life. Although nowadays people use it mainly to describe the asanas or physical postures that are prescribed for physical fitness and health, yoga is a complete way of life which encompasses not only exercise, but also diet, spiritual beliefs, actions as well as thoughts and emotions. It is an important way for most yoga practitioners to achieve mental and emotional balance and to activate their spiritual energies for a more powerful and peaceful life.
Spiritual retreat: What the world thinks is a pretty modern concept to escape from the daily grind is actually an ancient concept mentioned in the Vedas a long, long time ago. Spiritual retreats were a common sight in Indian society, where sages lived in ashrams and welcomed people from different parts of India for shelter and solace. They would encourage their guests to follow a simple and spiritual life devoid of vices and negative thoughts. Mastering one’s mind and inner tendencies held prime importance and the guests would return home after a long period, transformed and happy.