Hatha Yoga: The Nature of Sadhana’s Progress
Sadhguru answers a question on how sadhakas may experience “sickness, small accidents, or emotional upheavals”, and explains this is process on fast-forward.
 
Hatha Yoga: The Nature of Sadhana’s Progress
 

Sadhguru answers a question on how sadhakas may experience “sickness, small accidents, or emotional upheavals”, and explains this is process on fast-forward.

Questioner: Some time after starting to practice hatha yoga, I seem to have caught some virus and it took me a while to recover from it. Another thing is, sometimes, I get frustrated when I see other people are much more flexible than I am. Can you say something about that?

The Ultimate Goal

Sadhguru: It may happen to people who start practicing hatha yoga that initially, they feel wonderful for a couple of weeks. After that, they may experience some sickness, small accidents, or emotional upheavals. That is when you need to continue to do the practice. Suppose you started a plain physical exercise – everything hurts the next day. If you give it up, you will never progress. If you continue to work through that pain, after some time, you will become stronger. Similarly, when you practice yoga, many karmic processes will happen.

When you put your karmic cycle on fast-forward, the suffering that you would have had in a diluted form over 20 years may come to you in a concentrated form in 2 years or 2 weeks.

One fundamental goal of yoga is to put your life and your karmic cycle on fast-forward. Today, finding a solution for your backache or some psychological issue may be your focus, but ultimately, the goal is mukti. When you put your karmic cycle on fast-forward, the suffering that you would have had in a diluted form over 20 years may come to you in a concentrated form in 2 years or 2 weeks – and that is good. When you work through that, you will come to a plateau where, if you look back, you cannot believe you went through all these things. Every sadhaka goes through such phases.

Once you set your energies on this path, it is very important that your mind, body and emotion cooperate and align themselves in the same direction. It is just like your vehicle – if all four wheels are in one direction, it flows smoothly. If one wheel turns the wrong way, there is struggle and the damage is more because it is travelling fast. If you put your mind, emotion – everything – in that direction, you will travel joyfully. If you don’t, you will still travel, but you will be hollering and crying.

Comparison and Competition

Give it more time, rather than getting frustrated or comparing yourself to someone else. When practicing yoga, never compare yourself to others. Work with where you are right now. Do not try to do what others are doing. Once you compare yourself to others, competition is inevitable. So, no comparison, but do not spare yourself. You must always go to your fullest, but do not try to be like someone else. This is a fundamental discipline you have to bring into your life if you want to progress on the spiritual path.

Even if people come to us because of their backache, we want to set up the process towards the ultimate for them. How far they go is left to them. If you put in more time, you will see, once you go beyond a certain point, so many things which you thought were a part of you are suddenly not there anymore. This is the nature of the sadhana. So do not compare yourself with someone else and frustrate yourself. That is not necessary at all.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published in Isha Forest Flower July 2015. Download as PDF on a “name your price, no minimum” basis or subscribe to the print version.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Sadhguru for your answer and for the post, it came at the right time. Thank you so much Sadhguru.

2 years 10 months ago

Pranams sadhguru,
What will happen after diluting the karma, do we get any new clarity for rest of life..?. what about the KARMA that actually needs to be done by an individual, what will happen to that..?. where exactly this fastforward be taking effect, is it perfectly on individual or on family members also..?. In such cases what is the KARMA about rituals and other kriyas (Nanmai uruvam, Devi yantra pooja) done for material well being, would they give stability and balance.?. Please clarify.

2 years 10 months ago

The person aligning within their practice of yoga is the individual transcending the karma.

2 years 10 months ago

True Mr.keith. However we need to carry a water bottle across the travel until we reach a state where water is not needed to us anymore. However, technicality of the question was, if your Karma is strongly related to few more people, whatever touches you touches them, but they are not involved in Kriya, then how it works it out ??. Say for Ex:- If Mother has a KARMA for peace, Son going through emotional upheavals will have to contradict Mother's Karma. So how in real time this would happen. Once there is a clear idea, we can put forth all the wheels in one direction as Sadhguru mentioned, afterall with limited knowledge that I have, I need to bug Sadhguru for answers, might get the answer also, if my Karma helps.

2 years 10 months ago

Hello Kumaran,
You are unduly getting concerned about the complexity of life and putting all efforts in one direction. In doing that you are using all your effort to achieve your GOAL after you conquer the INFINITE. Yes. All the obstacles in this world are infinite, if you try to solve them.
So like Sadhugur says, concentrate on what you can do NOW and importantly get started. You would get some vision, which would keep growing and you will get answers to your questions ( You got Sadhguru because of your dedication ).

Just keep doing your Yoga / Sadhana. And you will notice all your questions that concerned you before will not trouble or come to you. To be really honest, those questions come to those who are a bit undecided or lazy or non committed.

2 years 10 months ago

Hello James, I wish to opine, asking question doesn't mean you are not committed, it just means you are burning to know the answers. Some people are blessed either they don't have burning questions or they are answered or they are patient enough.