Renewal of Vigour and Enthusiasm in Yoga and Spirituality

Yoga is now recognized as a discipline of health science. Almost half century ago it was not well-known and popular worldwide even in India. Yoga had been mentioned since immemorial time of Vedas and Upanishads. Many mystical subjective perceptions were associated with yoga and nobody knew the scientific basis of yoga for thousands of years. At the outset people only preferred to practice the physical aspect of yoga because the body felt good, light, vibrant and energetic. That is how asana and pranayama in yoga practice became popular, and even today most people only know this physical aspect of yoga. Yoga was practised in this way until integral yoga was started to be practised in a holistic method to discipline human behaviour, physical well-being, mind management and spiritual understanding. At the first instance to discipline human behaviour, the principles of yama and niyama in yoga should be adopted. For the physical well-being asana and pranayama can be practised. Scientifically conducted researches have shown that many illnesses and diseases like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, heart disorders, digestive problems of the stomach and many more can be managed and controlled through yoga practices. The yogic practices of concentration in dharana and relaxation practice like yoga nidra increase awareness, observation and perception of the mental behaviour. In the state of meditation or dhyana, the yoga sadhaka can develop the spiritual understanding.

An individual born into this world is supposed to live for fulfilling four objectives which are called purusharthas in our scriptures. These are dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Dharma is learning the righteous ways of living; artha is earning one`s living; kama is fulfilling one`s legitimate desires by honest and righteous means. Moksha, the last and the spiritual objective is to be perceived by exploring spirituality to seek who, how and why of creation; and find out the way of spirit within self known as soul to finally merge with the supreme soul so that it need not come back to same world again. Surrendering one`s actions to God, the supreme consciousness, existence or whatever name one has for that; one can seek divinity through spirituality.

On Happy New Year`s Day 2012, I wish all the best to readers, viewers and comment authors of the blog Yoga and Spirituality and seek the blessings of Almighty to all of us for renewal of vigour and enthusiasm in yoga and spirituality.

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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18 Responses to Renewal of Vigour and Enthusiasm in Yoga and Spirituality

  1. Vinod Varma says:

    Thanks Sir, for enlightening and enriching year in 2011. As a person in pursuit of ultimate knowledge and self-realization, these were extremely helpful. I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year ahead, and I look forward to joy of learning from you rich knowledge and experience.

  2. Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year and love to Sara.

    You very well wrote about yoga. Yoga is a comprehensive exercise and mind management program.

    For me, Moksha is slightly different from what is perceived by the scriptures and as mentioned in this article. I take it as detachment from results of our actions, doing our duty to best of our capabilities and for over all benefit of society. When our basic desires are fulfilled, person should spend time in keeping oneself healthy and person should be able to derive internal happiness by devoting life to social good, in whatever domain the person is capable of. Moksha (for me) is internal and durable happiness, derived from the sincerity of intent and work done, irrespective of the results. Work is worship and vice versa is nutshell of spirituality for me.

  3. Jones Salastair says:

    This post is very interesting to read !

    Well documented about Yoga as Science and Spirituality as Scripture !

  4. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Om Shri Sainathaya Namah.

    Your article on vigour and enthusiasm in Yoga and Spirituality is undoubtedly a good one as it highlights the aspect of physical practices of yoga in relation to mental upliftment with the objective of spiritual attainment.

    One can do every work in the world provided he has strong determination, iron will behind the work to be performed and it is only possible when one is physically and mentally healthy and vigorous where as for a sick and ill person the world whatever may be happier for others, appears to be disgusting and meaningless. In order to achieve this physcial and mental happiness, the means is yoga may be physical and spiritual.

    Hearty greetings from the core of heart in the new year of 2012 and may God bless you to be more and more vigorous in mind and spirit for the ongoing work to do in future.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  5. Prakash Padhan says:

    Now-a-days Yoga is popular and included in AYUSH which is Indian (Alternate) system of medicine. Previously it was only related to Spirituality aspect. I think credit goes to Baba Ramdev who has popularised it very much during last decade.

    Some people say-all steps of ashtanga yoga like yama,niyama,asana,pranayama etc. can be followed simultaneously. May be your opinion is different from this.

    Buddhism also says moksha(Nirvana) is the ultimate aim of life.

    Thanks for your nice description on YOGA.

  6. Sir,
    I read the topic Vigour and Enthusiasm in Yoga and Spirituality and from it I have tasted that it co-related with body and mind to enrich the soulic feeling when the later directs the former for discipline and devotion.

    It can be learnt from your last paragraph that dharma, artha, kama & moksha… how much it is inspiring !

    With Regards,

  7. Sir,
    I read your article and learnt how to get much more peace by Vigour and Enthusiasm in Yoga and Spirituality.

  8. Dear Sir,
    I have learnt today from your prompt response towards publishing my comment on yoga & spirituality about your punctuality and sincerity for getting feedback from comment authors to imbibe into the domain of realisation…

    With Regards,
    Good night

  9. Gyanaprakash Kar says:

    I;100% agree with you in spiritual requirements of human beings.It is necessary for human beings. Shanti is most essential for human beings.Blessings of God are always beneficial to the people, scientifically too.

  10. Abhash Kumar Hota says:

    I am agreed with the role of spirituality in development of peace. Of course its role is highly required for human development to ensure quality of life. But how its effectiveness towards poor community ? How can a person can spare time for study of spirituality in his busy life… Yoga, for it a person can spare some time at morning or once in a week.

  11. Thanks Sir for this documentation.
    It was very nice to understand about Yoga as Science and Spirituality as Scripture.

  12. Shashi Bhusan Pradhan says:

    Dear Sir,
    Wish you a healthy and prosperous Happy new year 2012.

    I read this article and hope this article will help the readers on their daily life for their physical and mental stability as yoga is one of the ancient science that is primarily a system of philosophy centered around the practical approach to the mental and spiritual development of human.

    Thank you.

  13. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Dear Sir,

    This article is really a great article published on the new year day. Sir, it is a nice new year gift for us.I think, Yoga and Spirituality should be an ornament of a real human being.

    Kedarnath Sahu

  14. Madhusudan Mahunta says:


    Your article will definitely improve the physical, mental and spiritual well being of every individual in the society. What I understand, the theme of your article is:Yoga and Spirituality is the guide of human beings to achieve the Paramapurusha or eternal peace in the life.

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Bargarh Odisha

  15. Janmejaya Samal says:


    Nice article.It is very helpful article for human being.

    Janmejaya Samal
    Senior Clerk (Estt.)
    Office of C.D.M.O.Bargarh Odisha

  16. Dear Sir,

    This article is very well defined and very much useful to read and practice by any individual towards his/her physical and mental health.

    Thanks a lot for very nice article.

    With Regards,
    V. Nageswara Rao

  17. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    A nice article and a great concept. Whether it is physical illness or mental illness Yoga is complete solution for it. Glad to know that it is also helpful for a person to achieve the ultimate peace and joy by merging it’s soul to the supreme soul by spiritual development through yoga.

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