The spirit of Buddha in our Yoga practice

Author: Claudia Hahn

Do you also have a Buddha, which beautifies your home or workplace? What happens in you when you look at a Buddha? He expresses peace, freedom, silence, endlessness, unity and a strong surrender of love …  Can you feel that? Buddha means “the awakened.” Hatred, desire and ignorance fell away from him. Read in the following text, what this means and how we transfer his teachings in our Yoga practice.

Who is really behind Buddha?

His bourgeois name is Siddhartha Gautama. Siddharta saw the light of the day about 563 B.C. in Lumbini, near the city Kapilavastu, in today´s Nepal.

His mother died 7 days after his birth. He grew up with his father and foster mother in very rich conditions.

At 16, Siddharta was married to Princess Yasodhara. Both lived in very prosperous circumstances and got a son together.

Siddharta was not satisfied despite the very good quality of life and felt unfulfilled. He left the sheltered home at the age of 29 and moved out into the surrounding area. His previous carefree life was wonderful and the suffering he encountered outside was completely alien to him.

He met people who showed him aging, illness, death and pain. Siddhartha was very touched by the whole and decided to find a way out of this suffering. He began to lead the life of an ascetic (asket = a abstemious person). He dealt with the study of varios religions.

The outside world, however, gave him no answer and so he began to seek the solution in his inner. He learned the yoga practice and to meditate. One reads that he awoke under a poplar fig on a full moon night during an inwardly self-absorption. The tree of wisdom, that´s what the poplar fig is called, maybe you´ve heard of it before.

All the qualities, which produce suffering of man fell away from him. He realized that ultimately the human being is responsible for his own suffering. Suffering results from one´s own destructive thought and behavioral patterns.  If we learn to accept the things we experience as they are, no suffering can arise.

Buddha died at the age of 80 in Kushinagar, in today’s state of Uttar Pradesh. According to tradition, he died due to eating a rotten mushroom soup.

The teachings, Buddhas show a way of reorientation of each individual and thus is beneficial to their own personality development.

I am very happy about the parallels that show up here to yoga and we can thus say very well that Buddhism and Hinduism and the philosophical teachings of Yoga, the 8 levels of Patanjali are very close.

The teachings are the most natural way to help ourself. We get offered a very powerful tool that helps us to make our lives happy and free.

We are free to define our own principles. However it´s advisable to study the mentioned teachings because the are very helpful. They teach us to look at our life differently and to appreciate all matters and experiences for our development.

Love life, look more closely and recognize things behind things, you will see that what the many doctrines of religions refer to as paradise lies within you… happy!

You smile – and the world is changing. Buddha



We are what we think. Everything that we are comes from our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world – Buddha

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