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HUMAN BEHAVIOR, SPIRITUALITY &YOGA

                                              

Human Behavior of an individual is the outcome of the interaction of various parameters which are complex in nature, experienced and perceived by him during his life time. These experiences and perceptions start right from the day the baby is conceived in the mother's womb. The first experience is the inheritance of the characteristics of the genes of the parents. The journey of the individual starts there after and it continues till the final day when the individual departs from the world. During his life time he leaves his impression on any object living or non-living which comes in his contact. He also leaves these characteristics in the form of his genes for his progeny. The behavior pattern of a person has a direct impact on his genes and therefore purification of human behavior goes a long way in purification of genes of the clan.

Spirituality is the purest form of human behavior. Which is summed up as Awareness, Spontaneity and intimacy.

Yoga is one of the means of purifying the human behavior.

All the three attributes and practices above contribute in a long way for negotiating the path of an individual during his life time for satisfaction and happiness. This also leaves a legacy for the future generations in time to come.

Life: Human life is mainly a process of filling in time until the arrival of death, with very little choice, if any, of what kind of business one is going to transact during the long wait. This is a common belief but not the final answer. The social actions and behaviors include a series of procedures, rituals, pastimes and games, all  four of  these are differentiated by two main characteristics: Firstly their ulterior quality and Secondly, the payoff.

Procedures may be successful, Rituals effective and Pastimes profitable but all of them by definition are impartial; they may involve contest, but not conflict, and the ending may be sensational, but it is not dramatic.

Every game, on the other hand, is basically dishonest, and the outcome has a dramatic, as distinct from merely exciting, quality.

For certain fortunate people there is some thing, which is in a different perspective.

   (a) Awareness. Which surpasses  all classification of behavior. Awareness comes with experience over a period of time after a deliberate effort, through a "Guru" (teacher) or by detailed self study and self realization. It involves a true anderstanding of the situation in front of you, having the imaginative sympathy for others and consideration for others and having an unbiased opinion of the situation.

   (b) Spontaneity. Which rises above the programming of the past. Spontaneity is as pure as a new born baby with no  programming of the past. For a grown up person to attain this attribute, it requires understanding of the human behavior and a detailed and deliberate effort, to obliterate the programming of the past.

   (c) Intimacy.   Intimacy is a selfless interaction with a person, that is more rewarding than any number of diplomatic  and manipulative moves for arriving at a well defined, predictable outcome. It is some thing like the natural selfless protective instinct of a normal loving mother towards her own offspring. 

But all three of these may be frightening and even injurious to the unprepared. Perhaps they are better off as they are, seeking their solutions in popular techniques of social action, such as 'togetherness'. This may mean that there is no hope for the human race, but there is hope for individual members of it. 

(Some of the ideas above have been taken from "Games People Play" , the psychology of human relationships, by Major (Dr.) Eric Berne M. D.)

 YOGA and its applicability to Human behavior.

The scope of the word Yoga is very wide. It lays down various  paths for spiritual upliftment. Hatha Yoga is one such path which has eight limbs. The first two limbs, which stress on the human behavior in a society are Yama and Niyama .

 (a) Yama : It lays down certain rules to be followed while living in a society. There are five types of Yamas.

    (i) Ahmisa (Non-killing, non-injuring, non-hurting, non-violence) by physical action, speech and thought.

    (ii) Satya (Truthfulness) to your convictions by thought, speech and actions.

    (iii) Asteya (Non-stealing) by physical action, speech and thought.

    (iv) Brahmacharya (Continence i.e. an uncontrolled and improper sex life brings about loss of both physical and mental energy. Observing continence at the physical, mental and speech level and enjoying a regulated sex life is very essential for health as well as for spiritual development.).

    (iv) Aparigriha. Non-hoarding with due consideration to make any provision for future. It is foolish to spoil your present in order to save more than your requirements for future.

(b) Niyama. It narrates certain observances for persons living in the society. There are five such rules.

     (i) Shoucha (Purity i.e. Physical, mental and emotional purity is essential    for progress in life.).

     (ii) Santosh (Contentment i.e. the satisfaction we derive while performing our duty, using our full capacity, or having a balanced mind in all circumstances.).

     (iii) Tapa (Penance i.e. doing hard work for long periods or pursuing some thing persistently for a long time.).

      (iv) Swadhyaya (Self-study i.e. repeated study, contemplation, a compulsive yearning, and application of knowledge.).

       (v) Ishwara Pranidhana (Self-surrender to the Supreme i.e. assuming the basic fundamental principle of a supreme force behind the cosmic energy,  which was at the time of creation of the universe and has the power of controlling and balancing creation, giving it stability and  which is capable of destroying it. Ishwara described in Yoga is not a particular God or Image it is the supreme force as described above.).

The practice of Yama and Niyama displays an approach towards achieving the goal to spirituality. 

Now the question arises as to where are we ? Are we on the correct path..? 

It is a thought provoking process for introspection .............! 

                                                                ..............Major S. C. Nautiyal (Retd.) 

scn@bellinfosys.com

Explanation of certain Terms :-

Society : A group of individuals, which is characterized by common interests and may have distinctive culture and institutions. Society can also refer to an organized group of people associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes. It can be summarized as under. 

(a) The aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.

(b) A particular community of people living in a country or region, and having shared customs, laws, and organizations.

(c) An organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity.

(d) The situation of being in the company of other people.

Customs : A practice followed by people of a particular group or region. Following of rules of a particular society.

Traditions and festivals : A custom or a story that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally with out the need for a writing system. The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, specially by oral communication. It is a periodic repetitions of customs. It conveys a message to practice the customs of a particular society. 

Religion  : A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader. It governs the rules to follow the traditions, festivals and customs of a society.

Politics : Politics consists of "social relations involving authority or power". It is also a game played, by a group of society for the exploitation of all above, for the sake of power.

 

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