original yoga & tantra, translated to the world of today
Everyone needs the Courage Rasa in life and in Sadhana especially. Balancing self-confidence with pride is required to master this Veera Rasa.
Veera or Courage is the Rasa of fearlessness, self-assurance, determination, heroism, valor, and perfect control of body and mind.
In ancient India, Veera people were warriors and kings who fought in accordance with the rules of dharma. Still today, the Veera Rasa lives in many people who are modern-day heroes, who serve as great examples to others and young people in particular. Courage aids everybody when challenges need to be faced in life. In doing sadhana, Veera is essential.
There is only a thin line between Courage and pride or arrogance. For real Veera, the ego must be in control and controlled at the same time.
To become a real Veera person requires a lot of patience and training. The required neural patterns need to be developed step by step until they are real brain highways that can be taken without effort.
Competition is a main aspect of the Veera Rasa and it is very useful to test and improve one's abilities. But if one takes losing or winning too personally it becomes a problem.
Whatever courage and strength or skill one has developed, talking about it will reduce it. In these days of competition, commercialization and promotion, that is a very difficult fact to deal with.
The Courage Rasa Veera may also bring a desire for freedom or independence, which is an illusion. Everybody and everything in this universe is interdependent. Dependence only becomes a problem when we have insufficient courage to do our duties and stick to our basic needs. Then we become dependent on others who are not depending on us.
Veera Rasa Chart
Basic Rasa : Courage
Sub-Rasas : Determination, Pride, Concentration
Dominant Element : Water
Dominant Dosha : Kapha
Dominant Guna : Rajas
Dominant Kosha : Ego (Vijnanamayi Kosha)
Friendly Rasas : Anger
Enemy Rasas : Fear, Love, Peace
Neutral Rasas : Sadness, Disgust, Joy, Wonder
Rasa Produced : Wonder
Siddhi :Ishatattva (power to rule)
Deity : Indra
Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand
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