A call to action to look beyond the marketing hype around Yoga and understand its real meaning and goal.

On this day of the summer solstice, which is also celebrated all over the world as International Day of Yoga, I like to remind us of the real meaning of Yoga. In the western world and even in its homeland, India, Yoga is closely associated with Asanas or postures and to some extent, controlled breathing or Pranayama. But limiting ourselves to these 2 important limbs of Yoga is the equivalent of settling for a pail of water when the entire ocean is available to us.

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The last few days have been unlike any other. We have seen raw human emotions play out in the public arena — fear, prejudice, delusion (of superiority), anger, greed, mindless rage. And we have seen pain, compassion, love, and solidarity. Let’s acknowledge that racial inequality and injustice exist. The pain and fear are real.

This is a lot to take in. How do we reconcile all these feelings?

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Put simply, Vedanta’s claims can be summarized as:

You are not your body. You are not your mind. You are Consciousness. You are the Awareness in which the entire world plays out.

You are Happiness. Why seek inferior happiness outside when Happiness is your real nature?

You are Existence. Why fear death when you are eternal?

Followers of Vedanta may recognize the above as “Sat-Chit-Ananda”.

As a seeker, if you get these concepts, you are done. You are enlightened! Congratulations! You are a jeevan-muktha. You don’t need Bhagavad Gita or The Upanishads to tell you this. You know it.


Summary of Part 1

In part 1 of the series titled The Happiness Equation, we looked at what gives us happiness in our day-to-day life. We systematically analyzed happiness and concluded that:

  1. The happiness that results (even temporarily) is not due to the external objects. External objects do not have the power to give us happiness.
  2. Our happiness (and unhappiness) is experienced in our own minds. Happiness seems to result from a fulfilled, pleased, and satisfied mind.
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Part 1: The Happiness Equation

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Kishore Subramanian

Spiritual seeker, student, and practitioner of Yoga and Vedanta. Vice-President, Engineering at Propel. Ex-Googler.

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