By Dr. Surajit Sengupta MD (A.M.)
The word Guru is often being lightly used to suggest mere expertise in a subject but Hindu wisdom gives such honor to those who can demonstrate transforming power to create higher evolution of humanity uninterrupted generation after generation. Guru-Sisya-Parampara is an ancient Hindu tradition of transferring deepest spiritual and enlightening knowledge from teacher to student by spiritual initiation in every century.
The program that I have developed, “Sengupta-Yoga”, is designed to encourage the manifestation of higher potential within. In my experience it has helped to awaken higher potential in children, teenagers and also helps parents to become a better friend, philosopher and guide in the eyes of their children.
Yoga today is popular as an exercise in America. But yoga as a discipline has three important components that are not always taught with the stretching and breathing exercises.
Yoga as an exercise constitutes posture, or Asana, and breathing exercises, or Prana-Yama. It typically concludes with a relaxation component called the corpse pose, happy pose or a meditation in lotus pose. That primary exercise-based approach is known as Hatha-yoga.
Astanga Yoga on the other hand as originally explained in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, consists of the eight phases or stages of yoga: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratahara, Dharana, Dhana, Samadhi. It is better to translate those Sanskrit words into English so that people can critically understand the deeper meaning of each phase.
Yama: It means restraint to create a much more disciplined society. It is very important to integrate those five moral principles from childhood namely Ahimsa (non-violence and non-jealousy), Truthfulness (Satya), Non-Stealing (Asteya), celibacy (Bramacharya) and non-acquisitiveness (Aparigraha).
Niyama: Personal discipline or self-discipline. It is rules of personal conduct towards oneself to keep physical and mental control. Some of the Niyama or personal discipline includes Cleanliness (Shaucha), Contentment (Santosha), Austerity (Tapas), Self-study (Svadhyaya), cultivating higher state of consciousness by connecting with our real self (Athma-Pranidhana).
Asana: Postural exercise and regulation
Pranayama: Breathing exercise and regulation
Pratahara: Emancipation from the domination of external senses
Dharana: Concentration with conception
Dhana: Meditation in lotus
Samadhi (in this stage one must learn to internally and externally become immersed completely into deep meditative state to cultivate highest state of consciousness). This is the most difficult stage and not possible for most people.
Now we may not expect in the modern world to create such popular ideals and that is why pure exercise is becoming more popular without utilizing the more subtle principles of yoga. A conservative Christian perception of yoga has failed to embrace the universal spirit of Hinduism and has opposed any introduction of yoga programs into American schools.
The Yama and Niyama principle and Sengupta-Yoga method can actually fulfill the same American values system as good or better than any strict mechanical routine based on punishment and rewards. This is not an attempt to preach to people on how to live their own lives, or how to raise their own children, but it needs to be said that the scientific and physiological basis of self-regulation is a better force in achieving goals of proper self-discipline, higher concentration, memory and intellectual development in human brain.
This approach to yoga as a psycho-physiological and psycho-spiritual discipline works with an approach to children to help them feel positive about themselves and also respect their parents, learn self-discipline based on self-regulation and control of physiological and psychological variables related to all senses,
The system teaches concentration of the mind to cultivate intelligence and higher thought without oppressive or suppressive methods that are often used to discipline children and teenagers. The suppressive method is not conducive to higher brain development and often creates distance and misunderstanding between the child and parent.
My method attempts to help both child and parent to find higher wisdom and consciousness in order to fulfill similar goals without risk of sacrificing one’s own religion, culture or heritage. The method is of preserving the authenticity of ancient Hindu Yogic depth and clarity.
Western society and the modern world should be happy and excited that Sengupta-Yoga is trying to preserve the best of all societies, while equally sincere to preserve the original ancient authenticity of Hindu heritage of yoga as a discipline. In this yoga program parents are also encouraged to join while their children are learning so that their whole family can find an experience of oneness to maximize the manifestation of full potential of their children.
Surajit Sengupta is the founder of Alternative Global University LLC. He is a Yogi, scientist, and doctor of alternative medicine. The title “Acharya” means enlightened teacher in Sanskrit.
After many years of dedication and contribution in the field of Yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic medicine, holistic health, spirituality and healing, Sengupta has achieved the status of Guruji, a guide towards innovative, enlightened thinking and living skills.
The word Guru is often being lightly used to suggest mere expertise in a subject but Hindu wisdom give such honor to those who can demonstrate transforming power to create higher evolution of humanity uninterrupted generation after generation through Guru-Sisya-Parampara or an ancient Hindu tradition of transferring deepest spiritual and enlightening knowledge from teacher to student by spiritual initiation in every century.
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Dr. Surajit Sengupta MD (A.M.), is located at the Alternative Global University LLC in Maple Grove.