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Does Guru Ji say no to yoga?

asked 2014-08-16 18:00:17 -0500

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updated 2016-07-21 10:31:49 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

Yogi Bhajan and the 3HO community do yoga - so that got me thinking - does Guru Ji say no to yoga?

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answered 2016-07-18 12:57:49 -0500

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updated 2016-07-22 12:01:46 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

Guru says no to hollow spiritual practices.

Search Siri Guru Granth Sahib for Ang 1106. That is a shabd which gives an instruction which many would consider a "yogic technique". Yes, Guru Sahib instructs us to inhale through one nostril, hold our breath, and exhale though the other nostril. This sounds precisely like a yoga meditation, yet is it instructed in SGGS. Whatever can help us on the spiritual path, focus our minds and to connect with naam is acceptable. Shabds like this in Siri Guru Granth Sahib show that there are no hard do's and 'don'ts' from Guru Sahib. Whatever a Gurmukh does is approved.

If you have any examples of Gurus saying not to do yoga, that will help to give context. A lot of it has to do with context. Some places of Guru says that the vedas are a waste of time, some places Guru says we are foolish for not respecting the vedas. It's all context.

When your heart is cooled and soothed, you are done the right thing. Everything else is something else.

Yoga is not an intoxicant and has nothing to do with drugs and alcohol and lumping them together does not serve us at all. Yoga does not "freeze the mind." Drugs and alcohol are attachments.

"He is called a Yogi who looks upon all mortals with the same eye and deems them as equal. Abide thou pure amid the worldly impurities. Thus shalt thou find the way of Yoga. When man remains detached amidst worldly attachments, then attains he the way of Yoga."

Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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answered 2014-08-18 09:35:51 -0500

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updated 2015-12-22 10:57:19 -0500

Where exactly have you found this in the Guru? The Guru talks about hypocrites and exposes them. But He also talks about the "True Yoga" and the "True Yogi." The Guru says that the yogi: subdues the 5 demons; saves his whole lineage; Becomes the embodiment of the Lord's meditation and attains to a seat of sahaj; through the Name becomes immaculate and truthful; enshrines the One God in his mind and imbued with the Name his mind becomes steady. And much, much more.

Lots more in this article: Yoga in Sikhism

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answered 2016-07-18 03:06:30 -0500

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Yoga is not part of sikhi as drugs and alcohol is not part of sikhi , people use alcohol to stay away from tension and sadness because alcohol freez the mind for some ours , and Yoga is also same in some points , When Guru Nanak dev ji mahraj met some yogis on himalya parwats they had conversation about it because yogi offered Alcohol to Guru mahraj , oh sochdhe c k shraab pin naal smadhi lagdhi hai , then they also talked about Yoga , Yoga freez thoughts of mind for some moments it can be 1 hour 1 day or months eh karan wale te depend krdha hai . but For example a snake get freez in cold stop moving but it doesnt means he dont have any poison inside , when weather get warm he will be snake with poison again . but Guru Mahrag said Sikhi is not about freezing thoughts but cleaning bad thoughts with shabadh . Guru ka shabadh will clean your mind your thought day by day then you will not need to do any physical practice to control it . to understand it clearly you can listen to this wyakhya by Giani Kulwant Singh ji

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