Aloneness in Yoga and Spirituality

One is alone; alone means one. Only when we are alone; we are able to understand ourselves to know who we are, to become aware of ourselves, to see the value of our lives. One is the highest source of possibilities.We should feel blessed if something or someone gives us the experience of aloneness.If we feel alone; we should try to live with this aloneness for a longer period of time. The seed of aloneness when it grows: gives us peace, harmony, joy and eternal bliss.
Yoga and Spirituality unite the body and mind to become one with the soul. The ultimate aim of the soul is to become one with the supreme soul.
I started yoga practices(asanas and pranayama) on July 28, 2009 in group sessions for elderly persons held at Dhrti Yoga Studio,BTM 2nd stage Bangalore. I was alone while going to attend the yoga sessions, so also while coming back home; but I was practising yoga in a group under the guidance of an instructor. When the yoga classes for the elderly persons could not be conducted at Dhrti Yoga Studio after about 9 months of continuity due to unavoidable circumstances and we were told that possibly there will be a break of 2-3 months in resuming classes at the Yoga centre; I had no way, but to resort to Swadhyaya of Yoga at home alone since April 26, 2010. Taking up Swadhyaya of Yoga as a daily practice , I could realise how much self endeavour and enthusiasm is required to take up regular practice of Yoga in aloneness.
I became a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008 and attended Sai Dham at Gurgaon with family at casual intervals. After relocating to Bangalore, initially I continued the same practice; but almost after one year of initiation of devotion in Sai spirituality, on October 12, 2009 I reaffirmed my patience and faith in my Spiritual Guru and made it a part of my daily life to attend noon arati at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Lay out Bangalore. The arati is conducted in a group of devotees; but the arati prayer in the beginning asks the devotee to concentrate his mind on Sai and meditate in Universal Glory and Power. Taking the initiative to proceed alone by walk covering 1 k.m. distance to attend noon arati at 12 A.M.daily and back home after attending arati and devoting the travelling time in recitation of prayer with mantras and shlokas about Glorious manifestations of Universal Power has  strengthened my will to grow my Spiritual vision and thought process in aloneness.
Expressing my feelings and thoughts in writing and communicating to the community through my articles in my blog; practicing Yoga and devotion in Sai spirituality; reading scriptures and texts on Yoga and Spirituality all alone have made me realised that “Be raised by self alone; for self alone is self`s true friend. The self who has conquered self, that alone is the friend of self”.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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13 Responses to Aloneness in Yoga and Spirituality

  1. Dr. Madan Goyal says:

    Dear Dr.Panda,

    Aloneness is a both-edged sword.
    In your case aloneness is being one with the God.
    You are spending more time in complete submission, relaxation, peace and happiness.In fact brain is focused on whatever we want to focus on. What you are doing is; focusing yourself on above things.This could partly be due to your age and circumstances.

    Since you are retired person and retired as CMO; you have adequate financial security, medical knowledge and experience and almost settled family. This contributes to peaceful life.You have super added it with turning to spirituality which has transformed your life into universal and durable peace.

    Many a times, emptiness of post retired life leads to increasing dissatisfaction and getting ourselves focused on negative perception and feeling of daily life events. This becomes a hell. Hence being alone is being in the company of peace in your case. This is exactly, what is needed, at these type of circumstances.

    Aloneness may be a feature of depression in younger persons. At young age, it is not a sign of healthy habit in majority of cases. In company of other persons, one shares thoughts spontaneously, gets relieved of pent up emotions if any and helps solving other people’s emotional problems. It is natural to mix up, mentally too of course at all ages; but more so at younger age.

    There is a spectrum of people who are happy to be alone. If it is giving more happiness, it is definitely beneficial. The devotees have to understand that being alone is good if they are really in “Bhakti Mode i.e. in devotional state” mentally and not getting involved in vicious cycle of negative thoughts.

    Thanks and regards
    Dr.Madan Goyal

  2. Satya says:

    Dear Doctor:
    Your article is very touchy.
    I am sure you have been enjoying the percept of self study of Yoga which is at both levels external and internal.
    Hari OM,

  3. Dr. Madan Goyal says:

    Being alone is being content with achievements in life.

    Taking it further contentment is a remedy and not a cap on our potentials.
    It is good line to adopt; if what we are trying to achieve causes discontent in us.
    It has to be used as one of the medicines with certain indications and proper precautions.
    It is not a lazy man’s tool nor an excuse for failures.
    When mind is persistently tense, dissatisfied, craving for something which a person is not able to accomplish or acquire; or causing diseases like anxiety and diabetes; it is one of the remedies.
    Contentment can be a prophylaxis if one is not able to relish further competition or anxiety of undue stress.
    It helps by putting mind at rest. It sends positive signals in our body through brain and rectifies the chemical drives.
    Contentment is habit to be learnt while working for of overall good of the society. It has a definite role in all circumstances. It is the only antidote to greed, anger, ambiguity, pathological desires and restlessness.
    Without contentment, nobody can be happy. It is must at certain stage of life when there is mismatch between diminishing physical capacity; while mental desires see no limits at any stage of life.

    Ultimate moment of realization is must that everything on this earth is false; God is the only universal truth, glory, wisdom and power.
    Contentment is one of the acts of being in harmony with God.

    • drmcpanda says:

      In every problem, the solution is there;
      Our responsibility is to provide it.
      In every setback, the success is there;
      Our adventure is to discover it.
      In every crisis, the reason is there;
      Our challenge is to understand it.
      In every situation, the positive is there;
      Our opportunity is to see it.
      In every person, the best is there;
      Our job is to recognize it.
      In every thing, the good is there;
      Our goal is to find it.

  4. Dr. Madan Goyal says:

    Great Words.

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  9. Arjun Bhargav says:

    Hello Dr. Panda Uncle,
    I have been reading all of your articles with a lot of interest.

    You are a very knowledgeable person.You share each and every piece of knowledge you have,your experiences in life in a very unique way.

    I am influenced by some of your articles.I am very privileged to have a friend like you.I hope you write more such articles for us.

    With Regards

  10. Santhosh says:

    Sometimes your mind feels that you are alone, i.e.Lonely. But do not get depressed or feel bad about it. You are never alone. How can a person who believes in Sai can be alone ?? Sai is always there in you. You can speak to him, chat with him. You can go for a walk with him. Be happy. Sai is always there in us, just imagine you are with Sai, and the loneliness will vanish. You are never alone. Cast off the feeling of loneliness, be happy.

    Om Sai Ram 🙂

    San 🙂
    Santhosh KV

  11. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Aloneness in Yoga and Spirituality is a positive aspect, an easy means for relaxation of body, tranquillity of mind and enchanting of consciousness to uphold blissfulness of soulic life.

    Your script clearly delineates how to adapt life-style in slow & steady process to utilise time & knowledge for self benefit & others. It is really like that of empty vessel sounds much, particularly to any employee retired , shouldn’t desperate , loose heart , rather be an enthusiastic with great tamper to show his potentiality even if with fragile body , decayed mind & muffled consciousness. None the less he strides to elevate soul.

    In Yoga & Spirituality aloneness is mostly a media for Raja Yogi, where more emphasis is put on meditation. But the general purpose I would like to categorise as follows:
    That alone means solitary when with
    1-A superman – deals with spiritual era.
    2-A genius man- deals with scientific era.
    3-A common man -as per habit…
    a-Good habit- human being deals with either yoga & spirituality or technology.
    b-Bad habit- human being deals with some sort of crime & he leads to exile life.

    So I end with a Dictum as follows:
    O man:
    You come alone from Womb & go alone to Tomb or cremation burnt or buried.
    Your birth is precious & noble; and make it auspicious by a prime duty
    You remember life is a drama of illusion where you dance amidst mundane life
    You be Divine, be ecstatic to enjoy your aloneness & blissful in spiritual life.

    Thanking You,
    Your divine brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Sr.Surgery Consultant
    Bargarh Odisha

  12. Purnima Panda says:

    Kaka charan sparsh,

    All think that the concept of aloneness means one feels lonely,get depressed but sometimes aloneness enhances the inner strength, one can know more about itself, think deepest. sometimes aloneness benefits a lot i.e in case of u.If u would not have been thinking alone u would not have been able to experience so much in ur life, wouldn’t have become a Sai devotee,so keep thinking and keep writing. Thank u for the article.

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