Chanting or prayer as a form of ritual before and after the yoga practice?

One can perform some chanting or prayers before and after the yoga practice, or not, as one like. It is neither a compulsory action of respectfulness towards Gurus and the teachings of yoga nor a form of compulsory ritual before and after the yoga practice.

There’s nothing wrong with people perform some chanting and prayers or rituals before and after the yoga practice, but one doesn’t need to be a Hindu, or know any chanting or prayer or to perform any rituals at all to be practicing yoga, or to have peace and be compassionate. Yoga, or unconditional peace and love, is unlimited by any names and forms.

Inquire the truth of everything.

One doesn’t need to perform any particular form of chanting and prayers or rituals to be free from ignorance and egoism, to be peaceful or to be compassionate.

If one thinks and believes that one must perform chanting or prayer as a compulsory ritual before and after the yoga practice, otherwise, one is being disrespectful towards the Gurus or the teachings of yoga, or there will be obstacles or problems during the yoga practice, then this is just one kind of limited worldly superstitious thinking and belief, it’s not what yoga is about.

During an emergency life threatening situation, one just performs immediate action to save life. One doesn’t need to perform chanting or prayer as a ritual before the action of saving life. If Gurus exists, they won’t be offended. If there are Gurus would be offended when one doesn’t perform chanting or prayer as a ritual before the action of saving life, these are not Gurus of yoga.

Be free from worldly superstitious thinking and belief, is part of the yoga practice.

Be determined and vigorous to free the mind from ignorance and egoism is the greatest form of respect towards all Gurus and the teachings of yoga. All the other names and forms are meaningless if one doesn’t work on the annihilation of ignorance and egoism.

Be free.

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Saraswati Namastubhyam

Saraswati Namastubhyam
Varade Kaama Roopini
Vidyaa Rambham Karishyaami
siddhir Bhavatu Me Sadaa

Saraswati represents wisdom, or the knowledge of knowing the truth of names and forms as they are.

Worldly knowledge about this and that doesn’t guarantee us peace and compassion, or be free from ignorance and suffering.

Wisdom, or knowing the truth of things as they are, will allow us to be peaceful and compassionate, be free from ignorance and suffering.

It doesn’t mean that worldly knowledge is useless or meaningless. Knowledge is just what it is. It is neither good nor bad. When we use it wisely, the knowledge can be used to benefit all and everyone, to have a better quality of life, to improve personally and globally. When we use it under the influence of ignorance and egoism, the same knowledge might be used to generate harmful effects, disharmony or unhappiness in oneself and others.

Wisdom is not about knowing everything, but knowing the truth of things as they are.

Peace and compassion is undetermined by any qualities of names and forms, including all the worldly knowledge about everything that we can know about this world.

Beyond all the qualities of names and forms, one rests in its own nature of unconditional love and peace.

Om shanti.

Yoga teachers?

A person who can teach a “good yoga class” with some “good or correct techniques” on asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation practice, who knows about anatomy and physiology about this physical body, it doesn’t make him/her a yoga teacher if he/her doesn’t know what is chastity or morality in his/her personal life. A person who leads a life of purity in thoughts, actions and speech, who is free from lustful desires, can guide other people to live a life of purity in thoughts, actions and speech, and be free from lustful desires, is not different from a yoga teacher, even though he/she cannot or doesn’t teach other people to do asana, pranayama, chanting or meditation practice, and doesn’t know anything about anatomy and physiology about this physical body…