Classical Yogic Methods for Positive Thoughts

by Gargi Harjai November 23, 2021

classical yogic methods for positive tthoughts

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision” a quote by Dalai Lama beautifully explains how taking a step forward for positive change in life will come back to you with prosperity.

A positive thought, a positive vision is required for a positive action in life. We need to be aware about our thoughts, in order to improve our life. Every person has the power to transform their negative thoughts into positive.

In order to transform these negative thoughts into positive, we can use different methods. We can apply classical yoga techniques that can train you into focusing on positive aspects of our life. Classical yogic methods are helpful in developing a sattvic mind. Few classical yogic methods one can perform to transform are

1. Bhakti Yoga- Bhakti yoga was first mentioned in Shvetashvatara Upanishad, where it is a means to path towards your deity. A spiritual path in participation, devotion and love for God. One surrenders himself to God and God’s will and achieves a thinking “everything that happens, happens for the best”.

2. Karma Yoga- lord Krishna, In Bhagavad Gita believes that karma yoga is a practice of positive actions done for others selflessly. Karma yoga is a path to spiritual liberation (moksha) through positive work. One needs to remind himself “he is doing the best he can, and the best he should”.

3. Raja Yoga- according to Sanskrit texts, historically Raja Yoga was the highest state of yoga practice to reach samadhi. With modernity, in the 19th century when Swami Vivekananda gave his interpretation of yoga sutra, he called Raja yoga as ashtanga yoga, royal yoga and classical yoga. From Raja yoga we can learn techniques to directly deal with our mind.

4. Jnana Yoga—this yoga practice is one that pursues knowledge, it emphasizes the “path of self-realization” and the “path of knowledge. One performs this yoga while asking questions such as “who am I, what am I”. In this yogic path, one should think that “I am the only witness to this, everything is an illusion”. We are one and this whole world is my own self. By thinking so one can remove negative thoughts and remain detached.

Gargi Harjai
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