The Shiv Yog Journey Explained
Shiv Yog is many things all rolled into one. Shiv Yog is a culture of unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance. It a culture of knowingness and conscious living.
Shiv Yog is a lifestyle and culture characterized by Sadhna (Yoga & Meditation), Nishkaam Seva (Selfless Service) and Sankirtan (Meditative Chanting/Singing). It is a lifestyle in which you give attention to three important aspects every day:
- Your body, mind and soul
- Your worldly duties
- Your family
Shiv Yog can also be described as the science (albeit an ancient, evolved science) of systematically erasing accumulated psychic impressions and activating hidden dormant powers within ourselves. As more our junk DNA gets activated and becomes available to us, we can achieve a lot more in this world with a lot less effort. Shiv Yog is also a science of freeing ourselves of physical conditions and maladies that are generally thought to be beyond help. It is in fact an inner science – the Yoga of inner consciousness. Modern science is external yoga and yoga is inner science. It is this inner science of Shiv Yog that our ancients discovered, developed, practiced and perfected. It covered every aspect of human life from birth and survival to ultimate enlightenment.
So, in that sense Shiv Yog is a journey and also the science, yoga and the lifestyle that makes this journey possible. It is the journey from Shiv Yog Mindfulness to the Yoga of Inner Consciousness to the Yoga of Self-Realization.
Let us examine this further.
In ancient times a whole culture and societal infrastructure was built around this Yogic science to support the journey of an individual from his identification with the finite and limited to the realization of his true infinite nature.
This culture produced many great masters who guided generations on how to practice the science of Shiv Yog to simultaneously achieve in the worldly as well as the spiritual realms. These masters form the lineage of Shiv Yog and this lineage is alive today in the form of modern yogi and spiritual scientist Dr. Shivanand. While this culture and lifestyle was alive and thriving in earlier times, with the advent of modern science and gadget worship the focus has shifted from the inner world of permanent bliss to the outer world of momentary, fleeting happiness which comes with a fixed shelf-life.
While the modern administrators and bureaucrats try to control and manage the society through laws and law enforcement, the Shiv Yog masters know that only by raising human consciousness can we create a more loving, kind and peaceful world. The world is after all made up of people and people are bundles of thoughts and emotions. Thoughts and emotions can be positive or negative, constructive and creative or destructive and self-sabotaging. But beyond all this, the world is a product of collective consciousness which is made up of individual consciousness. Unless individual human beings have positive, healthy emotions of love, forgiveness, acceptance, gratitude and kindness, you will not have a society that believes in those values. If we just look around, in most parts of the world we have drifted very far from such values.
Furthermore, rapid industrialization has affected our food and eating habits in unimaginable ways. We now eat genetically modified food grown with harmful levels of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. When the society was operating at a higher level of consciousness and perception, the elders could see the potential harmful effects of any proposed idea or innovation. They were therefore able to guide the society to stay away from such measures. However, with the fall in consciousness and financial profit becoming the primary value, human beings have rapidly invested in technology that brought great financial gain but massive ruin to the earth’s natural resources.