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Sri Krishna in the Bhagawad Gita says that 'Abhyasa' and 'Vairagya' are the two weapons to deal with the fluctuations of mind,does 'Abhyasa' here means 'Practice of Yoga' or 'Practice to keep the mind detached'? Please Enlighten us on this.

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'Abhyasa' refers to the net sum of all those activities carried out, to merge the mind into the Atman (self). 'Vairagya' refers to developing detachment towards the world and sense pleasure, knowing them to end in suffering.

Sage Pathanjali describes the means to Yoga (Realization) as - "अभ्यास वैराग्याभ्यां तन्निरोधः" - "Through such Abhyasa and Vairagya are controlled the modifications of the mind, which eventually leads to self-realization".

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(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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