Today’s market is full of books, seminars, workshops and help materials of developing positive thinking. Yet the media is also full of negative news of murder, rape, violence, fraud etc. Perhaps the market of positive help material is developed on the highlighted negative news. An impression is created as if we ignore the negative side of everything from our lives our lives will improve. This may work out temporarily if we are totally in the grip of a negative feeling like anger or greed. But taking a holistic view of life circumstances it becomes evident that negative news and positive helps co exist. We cannot eliminate one aspect totally because these are the two faces of same coin.
Good/bad, rich/poor, happy/sorrow, pleasure/pain etc are the complementary part of same quality which depends on our view point at the moment. The technique of pratyahar in yog(a) helps us to witness both the opposing factors (and their push-pull) with unbiased view. Due to the point of view of a yogi, s(he) will pass through the opposing forces but will not unconsciously get attached to any one such force by treating it as an stimuli and developing a response pattern. Of course, s(he) may consciously and voluntarily develop such pattern .
The difference can be understood by the example of a stock market trader. The price of a share fluctuates due to several factors all of which cannot be predicted correctly. The movement is both sides –up and down. A novice and armature trader will get attached to this estimates of price moment believing s(he) can control and correctly predict the future price of a share. S(he) will take buy and sell decisions based on this mostly to realize later that s(he) is a looser. On the other hand the view of a seasoned and mature trader will be different. S(he) try to witness the price moment with an unbiased view and book profit or loss as and when s(he) identifies (early enough) an strong up or down price moment. S(he) also uses either time tested old or his/her innovative schemes to trim the losses to minimum.
Yog(a) is an art of keeping balance &harmony in the flow of life in a natural way. The view of a yogi is balanced weighing all possible pros and cons in totality without getting biased to even his/her own preferences. S(he) maintains internal harmony within his/her flow systems and also maintain external harmony by naturally adjusting to the available environment. By doing so s(he) may not invent something new but utilize the available facilities in an effective and efficient way.
A common person in pursuit of yog(a) will find meaning of yog(a) and appropriate instructions from GURU within the happening of his/her life not as an additional item. Helping materials like this book will work as catalyst to achieve his/her purpose.

Author's Bio: 

Deepak Dixit is an engineering graduate from IIT,Roorkee,India (eartswhile University of Roorkee). He has served for more than 22 years in 'Indian Army' as an officer and has taken a pre mature retirement after that.
He has also served in corporate world for about 5 years. Presently he is focusing on writing.
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