Friday, 29 July 2016

A trip to Mount Wollumbin (Mt Warning)

I was there at this beautiful place with wonderful Tropical Rainforest few weeks ago.Mount Wollumbin as the aboriginals call it and later named as Mt Warning is a mountain in the Tweed Range in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, was formed from a volcanic plug of the now-gone Tweed Volcano.The Mountain is about 1100 Mts and trekking both ways takes about 4 to 5 Hours. 
Mount Wollumbin (Mt Warning)

Mount Wollumbin (Mt Warning)

Mount Wollumbin (Mt Warning)

A View of the top of the Mountain

A Huge tre

Mount Wollumbin (Mt Warning)

Not for the weak hearted (I felt) but, I did see some Senior people coming down from the Mountain. Everyone's reaction was that - it's beautiful, wonderful and amazing view from the top.I did not go really far because, my intent of the visit to the mountain was that of curiosity and let us see how it looks like. Though, I was disappointed that once we start trekking that from the base of the Mountain, you cannot get the whole view of the Mountain. So, the best view is when you are on Top or driving towards it.Once I started climbing the Mountain, I somehow felt the place to be a sacred or spiritual vibration. When, my son one time hit a tree trunk with a smaller stick that he picked up,the words spontaneously came out of my mouth. "Son, Be respectful to the trees and everything in this place".Later I learnt that this is a sacred Mountain for the Bundjalung people, and to many of the other Australian Aboriginal tribes.Anyway, I was travelling with my family and running short of time, did not go long.Me and my eldest son msut have climbed for about a Kilometer or so and decided to return back because, we have people waiting for us at the base of the Mountain. Anyway, this was a mysterious and interesting Mountain to visit. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Always be a Yogi – Koala Yoga and the way to sleep

This is the way one should be sleeping. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of visitors, I am impressed to see this Koala at Currumbin* Wildlife sanctuary is sleeping with its body perfectly balanced between the tree branches. This is the way to sleep. Like a yogi who is deep meditation, and nothing else can disturb him.
In Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6 Verse 46, this is what Lord Krishna advises Arjuna that, 
Koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

A Koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
"A yogi is greater than the ascetic, greater than the empiricist and greater than the fruitive worker. Therefore, O Arjuna, in all circumstances, be a yogi”.
Generally, the moment word Yogi is heard, people take it to be someone who had given up everything in life, wearing orange clothes, leading a secluded life, of course with a long beard, one who can bend his body in any direction etc.
But, Lord Krishna in the very next verse 47 gives his opinion about the best or highest of all the yogis.
“yoginām api sarveṣā
 śraddhāvān bhajate yo mā
 sa me yukta-tamo mataḥ
And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me—he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion”.
Further on from the Chapters and at the conclusion of Bhagavad Gita, we understand that Arjuna becomes the greatest yogi by performing his duty as a devotional service to the Supreme Lord, which is called bhakti-yoga and is considered as the ultimate perfection of all Yogas.
The word Yoga has its roots in a word called Yuj, which means to connect with the Supreme God. So, the ultimate purpose of any yoga is to connect to the supreme reality. Talking about Koala Yoga,the word Yoga today has become synonymous with a particular body posture but, in reality it is only one part called Hatha Yoga where a number of yoga poses are incorporated taking the inspiration from the nature like, Birds, Animals,trees, Reptiles and even Aquatics.(Hatha Yoga inturn is a branch or limb of Astanga Yoga which consists of Eight limbs called Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara,   Dharana,Dhyana and ultimately Samadhi).
Here is a list of some Yoga poses:-
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Benefits are flexibility, reduce stiffness and tension.
Cat Pose (Bidalasana): Useful for for increasing spine flexibility
Fish Pose (Matsyasana): Useful to relieve congestion in the nasal passages.
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana): Good for the spine (posture) and stretches both the legs and the arms.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana): An excellent pose to open the chest and also strengthens the spine.
Pigeon Pose (Rajakapotasana): Stretches the upper legs, increasing flexibility.
Crow Pose (Bakasana): Crow Pose is an invigorating and satisfying balancing act.
Peacock Pose (Mayurasana): This pose is good for balance and strength, but also aids the inner organs.
Eagle Pose (Garudasana): Stretching for the upper body.
Crocodile Pose (Makarasana): Excellent resting pose for relieving stress and tension.
Scorpion Pose (Vrischikasana),Frog Pose (Bhekasana),Camel Pose (Ushtrasana),
Turtle Pose (Kurmasana) etc.
* ( Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed    zoological garden at 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia)