How can we achieve true beauty? Women in particular try to achieve a sometimes abstruse ideal of beauty through yoga. Something is apparently wrong here.Recognize the true meaning of beauty in the yogic sense.
How can we bring yoga and beauty back together?
Of course, you can also “beautify” your body by practicing yoga regularly. But it is precisely because of this objective that we women have lost something important: our true strength and our emancipation. Do you know Sringara? No? Then you will learn more about feeling sensual love a little further down. Because that’s what beauty is about, isn’t it? Before I would like to explain to you what (true) beauty is in yoga and why we are often tempted to back the wrong horse, I would like to briefly tell you my story:
Yoga came into my life when I was 18 years old and that was 50 years ago. Back then, as a young dancer in London at the end of the wild sixties, I fantasized that moving and pausing in asanas could reveal mystical content that inspires. An intellectually intangible secret would unleash powers by practicing such asanas.
Later, during my intensive studies in India, I interpreted from the ancient texts that practicing asanas would give me siddhis. Siddhis in Hinduism and Buddhism are supernatural powers that, according to the tradition in ancient scriptures, one attains through spiritual practice. So flying, walking over water, being able to foresee the future, and the like.
However, only a select few achieve these abilities and it also requires a capable guru who can translate this knowledge into the present. But what does, for example, mean “to walk over water” and how do we decipher the imagery of another millennium?
Today, the awareness of what can be made possible through yoga practice is enough for me and gives me hope in difficult situations. In our technocratic world, where machines run, work, and even fantasize and think take away from us, every physical movement is beneficial. Even without asking for mystical content.
90% of yoga practitioners are women
The interesting thing is that nine out of ten people who practice yoga are women. Yoga studios are also often in female hands. I wonder: what is the phenomenon behind it? Do women pay more attention to their health, appearance and well-being than men? Do you need hope and relaxation more than ever? How many women do yoga there to get a socially imprinted beauty stamp?
What keeps men away from yoga?
Men own 90 to 95% of the soil on earth. They are much more often great specialists, in director or board positions, than women. The professional and material success gives them power, satisfaction and gives them the euphoric feeling of perfect potency. Women are also drawn to this aura. So why should men still look for more content in yoga? Women, on the other hand, are not desirable because of their powerful charisma, but men seek beauty, harmony and wellbeing in them .
And that is exactly what yoga promises.
Women and the supposed dream of beauty
What is not immediately recognizable and yet the essential thing: Yoga opens the mind’s eye as well as the two seeing eyes to beauty. But how do we actually define this? Beauty has now been completely absorbed by product advertising.
Overstimulated by the beauty of advertising, women who go to yoga are actually looking for an escape from this intrusive presentation of beauty through advertising. And yet, unfortunately, they are not free from it. Lifestyle magazines sell yoga clothing, yoga pillows and yoga odds and ends that completely distracts from the beauty that yoga strives for under the term sringara.
Sringara reveals true beauty
Attraction comes from beauty. Love, ie “sringara”, is born through it and releases erotic thoughts. (From Sanskrit it can be translated as romantic love or as attraction or beauty.) A full moon night strengthens sringara, our erotic desire or the scent of the flowers awakens the senses and thus sringara.
Sringara can also be understood as a state of spiritual beauty that rises above the profane. This inspired yogic expression is often embodied in the icons of Indian deities, who are equally male and female. They do not express that transfiguring desire of religious saints, but rather fulfillment in the here and now.
The beauty of the sringara as a vision, often depicted in a highly erotic way, stands above all everyday things in India. In addition, the lotus stands untouched in the middle of the mud and creates the mood of sringara for those who can bring these opposites of purity and dirt together.
If he takes the lotus without the earthy lake in which it stands, the image is imperfect and does not produce a sringara, because according to philosophy it is always the attraction and awareness of the opposites that creates sringara. It bundles the scattered senses in order to strive for wholeness.
Men currently have the development plan of the earth, as well as wars and arms production in their hands, and women are only involved in subordinate functions. Men understand their decision-making power as something perfect that the woman can only agree to.
They see Sringara as indulging in beauty and more as a feminine quality. This is a fatal interpretation of femininity and wholeness. Women are somehow the losers in this patriarchal order.
Beauty in the yogic sense
Let’s look back in history: In India there were yogis and yoginis. Their souls strive to merge with the Eternal, and the fear of dying subsided. They defined themselves as equal people, but equipped with male or female sexual organs.
Yogis were aware that their opposites create attraction. Let us look at them as ideal beings who, in the state of sringara, cultivated the attraction of opposites and could direct the senses to the core of beauty. Whereby they concentrated on the union of heaven and earth or finitude and infinity and not on the individual counterpart. This gave the yogis the opportunity to transcend consciousness.
Brahmacharya (one of the five yamas on the eightfold path of Patañjali ) not only means celibacy but also realization: Because everything is creation (Brahma) and that includes sexuality! In yogic spirituality I see hope to bring both sexes into peace with one another: If the yogi surrenders to femininity as serving the earth, the yogini becomes the symbol of the earth (the highest power in the universe). This gives him different respect for the environment. And the yogini opens up the spiritual diversity of men, he becomes a symbol of heaven when they come together. In doing so, she expanded her ability to think abstractly.
In yoga, as it is practiced today in the West (and in the Western East), people unfortunately for the most part realize only a small amount of what is contained in yoga.
How is Sringara created?
I would like to invite anyone who wants to recognize the gift of true beauty to study philosophical texts. Because the visualization of these contents during pranayama, during the asana postures, and in meditation brings you real sringara in yoga.
If a leaf comes off dancing in the wind, remains on the ground and crumbles, it becomes humus. Enjoying the transience of all living beauty, consciously absorbing the contrasts between life and death, also creates the atmosphere of sringara. After a living microorganism decays, it becomes humus and gives birth to new life. This makes unity understandable.
A robot or a photo in the electronically controlled network cannot trigger a sringara. Because if a machine decays, no new life emerges from it, but in the worst case non-compostable electronic waste. If people bring sringara into their lives, it can become a powerful counter-position to the (masculinized) striving for material superiority. Beauty is just not the emphasis on body awareness:
How do I look? How do I affect the man or the woman? Or even, how do I look online with great clothes in perfect poses?
Article Reference- Yogamehome