What Yoga is? 5.1 From world dictionaries (Series-Authentic Yoga Tradition-5.1.2 )

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What Yoga is? 5.1.2 from world dictionaries
(Series – Authentic Yoga Tradition-5.1 from the world dictionaries)
By
Acharya Girish Jha, Mentor, Guide and Life Coach
Web: http://www.girishjha.org/ Blog: http://www.girishjha.net
Contd from 5.1.1

A Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.

Yoga -a set of physical and ……..
A Hindu system of philosophy which aims to unite the self with god
(Definition of yoga noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

I have intentionally highlighted the dictionaries in ‘bold red’ to attract attention of readers as how the world famous dictionaries have distorted the meaning of the word ‘yoga’. Any reader or aspirant treading the path for the first time are generally mislead by their confused, wrong, and doubtful meaning of the word ‘yoga’. One may argue that they have tried to correlate to the existing knowledge and information available in current age but still their explanations could not be accepted by any master or one who knows what ‘yoga’ really is.

No reference of ‘Hindu Discipline” as written in the dictionaries
First statement/ phrase from most of these dictionaries is ‘Hindu discipline’. Can anyone who had written the meaning of ‘yoga’ in these dictionaries tell to their readers that where and which texts had ever refereed the word ‘Hindu?’ we have references of ‘yoga’ in Vedas, Upanishads, Smirtis, Sutras , Purana but there is not word like ‘Hindu’ one find sin these groups of authentic texts. The highest objection comes when we use ‘Hindu Discipline’ as such there is no word ‘Hindu Discipline’. It is not only objectionable but short sightedness of authors of the above mentioned dictionaries. I would go on record that ‘these authors have biased against the word, discipline of yoga to keep it away from mainstream of humanity’. But they did not succeed as yoga has attracted global attention and being practiced in one or other form in almost every country in the world today.
A body of religious beliefs – distortion even by Princeton University
I am appalled by the definition and explanation of the word ‘yoga’ by experts in Princeton University which is one of the best schools in the world. Not only I am amazed but shocked to read the explanation of ‘yoga’ by the wise people in Princeton University that had one more harm to them than yoga as world looks at them and accept whatever they write, speak and teach.
First of all if science is a ‘belief system’ then yoga is also. Second point is totally unfounded which states ‘religious belief’. There was no religion like ‘Hinduism’ when yoga was discovered, evolved its knowledge and practices by more than 3000 masters. Even more than 1000 texts are testimony to the fact that, the word ‘Hindu’ or Hinduism’ are not found in any of these texts. Thirdly, ‘belief’ when used with religion do more harm than any word as it becomes all exclusive. What is ‘all exclusive’ becomes difficult to enter into domain of ‘science’ and ‘all inclusive’. We will deal in detail about the meaning and essence of yoga in our next article. We are restricting this article about misconception about yoga here only.
The author has never cared to explore the very principle of yoga and concluded writing the popular belief – ‘physical exercise’ which is the greatest blunder he committed not because author is a layman but writes for Princeton University. I could not prevent laughing while he explains and mentions ‘physical exertion’ as nowhere in any literature we find this word to explain even ‘physical practices’ of yoga.
The next blog we will cover “what yoga is? 5.2 real meaning’ (Series –Authentic Yoga Tradition-5.2 real meaning)

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Acharya Girish Jha, a master teacher, mentor, guide, and blogger and life coach holds MS, BS, Dip. Yoga, nature cure, Cert. in Research methodology, and Board Certified Professional Counselor (APA). A deep urge for self-discovery inspired to spend yrs. in Himalayas and with many yoga and spiritual traditions. He learnt from more than 100 Himalayan masters, teachers and saints. He has the credit of teaching over 100000 people during the last over 33 years, conducting over 1000 workshops, seminars, and talks, actively conducting res. projects in Asthma, Diabetes, Stress Management, High Altitude Sickness research, meditation and stress management, offered life coaching (integral wisdom with customized practices) to more than 500 couples, conducted over 300 Radio talk shows, anchored over 30 TV serials on Yoga. He has experience of over 28000 hours of teaching (6000 hrs. of life coaching and spiritual counseling), contributed over 200 articles/papers on yoga and yoga research, and developed specialized practices based on conscious evolution and transformation.
He came to USA in 2007 on a high priority visa, now permanent resident has already trained more than 5000 people, life coached & spiritual counseled more than 200 people; Conducted specialized programs for medical doctors of Columbia University, NYC; stress mgmt. program for doctors & prof. in PA; intensive customized program for inmates in Trenton, NJ; Healthy Aging Program for seniors in senior center, new Brunswick, NJ.
His designed and developed programs like Turiya Rest Relaxation Program, Shanti meditation, Personal Transformation Program., Stress Mgmt. Program. ( customized as Personal Stress , Youth Stress , Healthy Aging for seniors, and Corporate Stress mgmt. programs) and Life Coaching ( integral wisdom of east and west delivered includes simple, easy and effective tools and practices for conscious evolution and transformation)