Within each of us is an urge to be something greater than we are in this moment. It is a search for truth. The founding fathers of the United States recognized this in the Declaration of Independence when they declared “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is where we may need an update. Pursuit implies a future condition. Happiness does not need to be pursued; it needs to be remembered. Happiness, joy, love, peace are the natural states of our Higher Self, our I AM PRESENCE. The question is, how can I access these qualities to realize them in my life?
The Divine Plan is to awaken the soul. No matter how long it takes all souls will awaken. This is our destiny. So how does the Soul go about its path to awaken? There are two main paths.
The first path is one of pain and suffering. This is the choice of most of humanity, who choose to deny responsibility for their life. The other path is the path of spiritual development through purification, character building and service.
Truth is relative. There are many relative truths but all truths contain absolute truth. Therefore, within the path of spiritual development there are many ways to awaken the Higher Soul. Some paths dabble on the fringes. Some are more powerful and effective than others. Some require a monastic lifestyle, and some are feints and disguises pretending to be the “Way”. Few, however, offer a proven and balanced approach that fits the lifestyle of the modern mystic.
To create such a path requires a synthesis of ancient mysteries and modern discoveries. It would require an understanding of major religions, their core teachings and distilling them to their essence. It would be based on spiritual law with a foundational principle that the outer world is a reflection of the inner world. As within, so without; as above, so below. With this as a basic tenet, tools would need to be developed to assist the aspirant in the clearing and movement of negative energy and accessing Divine Energy. This all sounds like a lot and it is! The question is, can such a path be found? The answer is yes. This path is known as Arhatic Yoga.
Although the word “Yoga” is in the title, it in no way refers to the postures and practices that most Americans associate with yoga. Arhatic Yoga, however, does incorporate very light and easy physical exercises, the purpose of which would surprise you. The root of the word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means “to join” or “to unite.” In this sense the purpose of Yoga is for the body/mind to join and unite with the Higher Soul and to God. Stop for a moment and feel into the truth of this statement. Close your eyes, take a deep conscious breath and repeat “I am one with my Higher Soul.” At this level of consciousness all things change. It could be said that at this level of consciousness one is experiencing life as a “highly evolved being.” And this then is the meaning of Arhatic. The word Arhatic is derived from the term “Arhat” which denotes a saintly person who has overcome their unwholesome, lower nature.
Grand Master Choa Kok Sui is the modern founder of Pranic Healing and the creator of Arhatic Yoga. Of Arhatic Yoga he says, “The purpose of Arhatic Yoga is basically to produce intelligent, compassionate, good hearted, powerful disciples who will become great divine servants… and to accelerate the evolutionary development of the soul so that the person can be of greater service to mankind and the planet Earth.”
Isn’t this really what it is all about? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of it? You already are whether you are aware of it or not. Again, the question is, which path do you choose; pain and suffering or conscious, joyful expansion.
What makes Master Choa’s approach so unique is that you do not have to become a monk and hibernate at some ashram to evolve your soul. You do not have to dramatically change your life, you do not have to go to church or change your religious beliefs. You do, however, have to change the way you look at things. You also have to develop the discipline to practice the teachings on a regular basis.
Arhatic Yoga uses life as its ashram. It addresses what comes up in life from a physical, mental, emotional, and energetic perspective. Many of today’s more advanced teachings address issues from a combination of these levels. Very few address life’s issues from all of these perspectives and that is what makes it so effective. Not only will you advance your soul but other good things will happen too:
• Increase in your physical health
• Increase in your energy level
• Improved mental concentration
• Intuitive insight
• Compassion for others
• Inner calm
• Better sleep
• Improved relationships
• Ease of accomplishment
• Increased prosperity
Happiness becomes a common theme in your life. When negative things happen in life, it is a signal that something is out of alignment. If you can address life’s happenings at their core causal level, you positively affect the body’s entire energy system. This spills over into other areas. The result … when you address one issue, many other benefits accrue simultaneously.
Arhatic Yoga is powerful work. Next month we’ll discuss the 5 Pillars of Arhatic Yoga, why it works and why it is so effective.