JKY e-Magazine, Issue No. 9                                       March 2010


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In This Issue
Gems of Wisdom - Shree Maharajji
Announcements
Upcoming Events
Current News
Stay Connected
Kaamanaaye-Desires - Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana - Swami Mukundananda
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Ask Swamiji
Trivia Time
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Practice devotion in all places; do not think that a place is dirty or impure and therefore unfit for prayer to God.  God purifies everything that is impure, and He Himself  can never becomes impure in the process.  God has simplified the practice of devotion to such an extent, that everyone can practice it in any circumstance.
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Desire is caused by attachment and attachment to any object is caused by repeatedly thinking of that object as a source of happiness.
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If you repeatedly think of an object as being a source of happiness, your mind will become attached to it. Once your mind is attached, it will give rise to a desire for that object.  If that desire is fulfilled, it gives rise to greed and if the desire is not fulfilled, it gives rise to anger.  Either of these will happen.  Therefore if you have worldly desires you cannot be free of anger or greed.
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When you do service of God you will receive God's grace, then you will receive His love, your heart will be pure and He will take care of your future.
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The three essential means to reach our ultimate aim of God realization are - the human life, proper association with a true Saint and intense longing to attain the Divine Love.
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Constantly realize the presence of God and Guru with you. Never feel that you are alone. This is very important for devotion.  When this decision becomes firm, then your mind will easily become focused in meditation and you will never commit any sin.
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Swamiji USA Tour 2010


Swami Mukundananda's USA Tour 2010 planning has started. 

Along with enlightening lectures, the program offers Yoga and Meditation sessions to provide a holistic treat for body, mind, and soul.

The tour  starts with East Coast programs from the first week of May and will continue through October, covering most of the major cities across USA.

 
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Retreat with Swamiji
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29th - 31st May 2010

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Upcoming Events

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Swamiji's Delhi Tour

Vikas Puri
27th March - 5th April

Haridwar Sadhana Shivir
23rd - 25th April

 Current News

JKP News

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Holi Sadhana was held between 10th and 28th February, 2010 at Mangarh. Thousands of devotees participated in the Sadhana program.
 
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A four-day eye camp was organized at Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya starting 24th Feb. About 520 eye operations were performed during this period with an average of 130 operations per day.  This has immensely benefited not only poverty-stricken villagers near Mangarh, but also people from far off places.

Ashram commits to give lifelong medical and educational aid

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Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat deeply regrets the sudden tragedy that took place during the 'Brahm Bhoj' at Mangarh on the March 4th, 2010.  The ashram offered all possible aid to the affected families, and within a fews days, over Rs 10 million was distributed in compensation to them.  Although it would be impossible to repay for the tragic loss of lives, Shree Maharajji's Grace would always be with the departed souls.  The ashram has also committed to bear all the medical and educational expenses of their family members, for their entire life.

JKY News

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A spiritual picnic was organized on Feb 20th at Sangam Palace, Indore.  Swamiji spent a fun-filled day with all devotees gathered there.  Devotees were thrilled to sing kirtans along with Swamiji.  There was a bhajan competition, leela description, singing, and dancing to keep people of all ages engrossed and entertained all day long!

Sant Sammelan - Puri, Orissa

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A very special event, Sant Sammelan (convention of saints) was held in Puri Dham, Orissa on Feb. 22nd to celebrate 500 years of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji's arrival in Puri.  Many reputed saints and dignitaries were invited to this convention of saints.  Swamiji was a special guest of honour on this occasion, and his speech on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was continuously applauded by the highly devotional audience of Puri Dham.  The speech will shortly be made available on YouTube.

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Swamiji successfully completed 10-day lecture series at Utsav Ground, IP Extension, Delhi. In the morning session, there was a program on mediation.  The devotees immensely benefited from this program.

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Swamiji gave an enlightening talk on the topic of "How to reach THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH" in IIT Delhi  on March 25th,  2010.  The talk was followed by an enthusiastic Q & A session.

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Swamiji gave a special lecture on "Shree Jagannatha Mahaprabu" on March 26th in the famous Baliyatra Padia Ground of Cuttack.  The program was a part of the "Jagannath Chetana Mahadiveshan" organized for the propagation of Jagannath Sanskriti amongst the people of Orissa.
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Kaamanaaye-Desires
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

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sab kāmanā bhagā de govind rādhe
man chhin chhin hari-guru meṁ lagā de

We all have a mind that is responsible for all the actions that we perform.  Firstly, it is the mind that constantly creates desires.  The question is, why do we have desires? This is because, all souls desire true happiness, i.e. happiness associated with God.  To fulfill this natural desire for Bliss, the mind constantly creates 'desires' every moment.  There are five types of desires - the desire to see, desire to hear, desire to smell, desire to taste and desire to touch or feel.

The mind desires to enjoy subjects related to these five senses, and it can desire for objects only in two areas - either related to God or related to maya, the material world.  Hence, this mind can either desire for God or for material objects. There is no third area where the mind can seek for happiness.

If we believe that happiness can be achieved from this material world, we will aim to fulfill our desires in this realm. If we believe that happiness can be achieved from God, we will automatically desire to attain Him.  This is a natural tendency and not learnt from anyone.  Not just humans, but even animals and birds have this innate understanding. The mind works in accordance with the decision of the intellect, and has to desire what the intellect thinks is the source of true happiness.

svatantraḥ kriyamāṇe vai kṛito bhagavatā vidā

The material world is readily visible, but God is not easily seen. It is the nature of the mind to desire material pleasure, as it is made of the same elements (Panchmahabhut) that constitute the material world.  It is very natural and easy to get attracted to things that we can see, and we can see this material world and not God.  Although the Vedas, Shastras and Puranas praise God, and the message is repeated by the saints, our mind is not able to concentrate in that direction. The mind is easily attached to material objects of pleasure, and seeks happiness in them.

Our experience of this world has taught us that there is no real happiness in material objects.  Initially, we may derive a lot of pleasure, but with time, happiness disappears.  We might have embraced our dear ones - mother, father, son, daughter, husband or wife thousands of times and cherished our favorite Indian sweet - rasgulla thousands of times, but we still remain tensed and disturbed.  We have not achieved eternal peace or happiness from any of them. Our ultimate goal is to find happiness but our experience seems to be the opposite.

We think that the attainment of a material object or a person will make us happy.  But when we get it, we no longer derive happiness from it.  We get disturbed because that object no longer provides the same level of happiness as before.  We have all experienced this before, across countless lifetimes.  It is the intellect that must decide that the material world has been created for the body, and not to provide happiness for the soul.
 
surapati brāhmaṁ padaṁ yāchate

This disease of desire affects even celestial personalities.  This quote above says that the king of heaven, Lord Indra desires for the seat of Lord Brahma.  What about humans? We wish to earn millions or become the Prime Minister of India.  This is the limit of our desires.  What else we can desire? But even the king of heaven Indra has desires.  Lord Indra has the ability to get whatever he wants by just wishing for it. He has Varun, Kuber and Yamraj as his servants.  Yet, he has desires.  Why? It is because he is still deprived of the love of God.   He did not attain the happiness related of the soul. 

Pleasure related to the senses are present in this material world as well as in heaven.  It is a myth of this material world that we get immense happiness.  After the initial pleasure, it keeps decreasing with time and finally turns to sadness.   For example, on the arrival of a newly wed bride, we dance, sing and spend lots of money.  Extra care is taken for her.  But after a few days or weeks of association, we tend to be disappointed with her.  We think that, "may be the other bride is good".  The others person's wife is better".

Everybody wants his / her own happiness.  The way you expect to get happiness from your wife, similarly, even your wife expects to get happiness from you.  It is very obvious that there will be a conflict since both are fooling each other to get happiness, but none of them have it.  Both say that they wish for happiness to the other.  But in reality no one wants the happiness of the other.

Until we become God-realized souls, no one can wish or work for the happiness of others.  Once a soul reaches the stage of saints like Tulsidas, Surdas, Merabai or Kabir, then that soul that think of helping others since that soul has nothing left to achieve.  These people can now work for the happiness of others or not do anything because their motive is fulfilled.  The desire to reach God has been fulfilled and eternal happiness has also been attained.  Material desires were destroyed in the beginning itself.   A God-realized soul has no more desires! Now, they will desire to give happiness to others.

par upakār vachan man kāyā, sant svabhāv man kāyā

What can God or God-realized Saints do? There is nothing that they wish to achieve further for themselves.  They can only work for the benefit of others.  The desire for God will arise once we let go the desire for this material world.  We have only one mind.  If we had two minds, one could desire to achieve God and the other could desire for the material world.  But since we have only one mind, we can desire for only one of these things. Due to this confusion, the intellect is not able to make any decisions.  When we get disappointed with this material world, the desire for God arises. But the very moment we start receiving happiness from the material world, we start desiring for it.

Our condition is very similar to that of a dog.  If you beat a dog, it will run away from you.  It stares at your from a distance with anger.  If you now give the dog something to eat, it will start wagging its tail and come back to you.  Again if you beat it, the dog will run away and if you give something to eat, it will again come back to you. 

Similarly, when we are disappointed with our mother, father, brother, wife, husband or son, we start thinking that saints are true and God is everything.  But when we start receiving happiness from them again, we again get attached to the material world.  Like toys, we dance to the tune of other people.  Our mothers, sons, wives and husbands make us dance to their tunes. We get detached from the material world many times and get attached again.


To be continued in the next edition....
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda

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Continuing from the last month...

These are the next lines of the series "Sadhana Karu Pyare".

roke unate prem māṅgo, daras  māṅgo pyāre
hvai ke ati vyākul karahu nit karuṇ krandan pyāre
māṅgu jani una bhukti muktin, bhoolihuṁ tum pyāre
 
Our goal is to attain the love of God.  We need God's love and it is priceless.  If it could be valued in terms of money, we may have paid the price.  If we ask God what is the price, He might say, "A 100 million".  We could even try to bargain and ask for a discount of 50%. God replies, "What price can you pay for this? It is priceless".  At times, people snatch or steal things that cannot buy.  If we try to frighten God similarly and ask Him to give us His love, God will say, "What can you do to me? I have unlimited powers and you cannot overpower me". 

So, we cannot attain His love forcefully.  Then what can we do? We can only love God and ask Him for His love.  We can ask God for His love, and He will give it to us.  It is that simple.  But there is a condition we have to fulfill in order to receive His love.

God showers His love when a devotee asks Him with the true intention of receiving Divine Love.  Only then will a devotee receive God's love.  What if we ask God to grace us with His love and He says, "What will you do if I do not grace you?" We could say that, "Alright, I will continue to smoke and drink the way I used to".  God says, "Then in that case, you do not have the true desire to receive My love."

"First, you must create the true desire to attain Divine Love.  You must feel anxious and cry, and then ask for My love".  Cry the way a child cries in front of its mother.  The child does not consider itself to be a highly qualified individual or capable enough to get milk on its own.  Hence, the child cries in front of its mother for milk.  The mother understands the reason why the child is crying and hence comes running to feed the child.

At times, the kid gets smart and pretends to be crying; the mother understands that he is acting and when he cries seriously, the mother understands that too.  God says that you must cry and ask for love the way a small child asks its mother for milk. Do not consider yourself to be wealthy. Instead, consider yourself to be helpless.  The mother might be mistaken.  The child might be crying due a stomach ache, and the mother might think that the child is crying out of hunger.  But God says, "I do not make such mistakes.  I know everything and I am seated within you.  There is no question of mistakes.  You must create the desire to attain My love, and leave the rest to Me".
 
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj has just advised us that we have to shed tears and ask God for His love and Divine vision.  Now, he tells us the opposite, i.e. what not to ask for.  He tells us not to seek material desire and liberation.  Materialistic people are egoistic, and they ask for these two things since the goal of a materialistic person is to get away from sadness.  According to the Darshan Shashtras, it is our final goal to be released from the sadness in the world.

trividhadukhātyantnivṛittiratyantapuruṣhārthaḥ

The Sankhya Darshan says, "The goal of human life is to attain freedom from sadness and a life full of happiness".  It is for these two reasons that we want liberation and material desire. Through material desire, we ask for the material happiness, and through liberation we ask Him to end our sadness.  There are a lot of challenges that we can face due the desire for liberation.  If we ask God according to our intellect, we may get into trouble because we ask according to the level of our intelligence.

For example, if we take a small child to a jeweler's shop and ask him to choose between a diamond necklace and a chocolate, he would definitely take the chocolate. The child does not understand the value of diamonds and only understands a chocolate.  Similarly, we have seen material love. We have no idea about the love of God.  That is the reason we ask God for good health, marriage, wealth, fame and so on.  We run behind such material desires.  Shree Kripaluji Mah
araj says that if we keep running behind such material desires, we will not be able to attain God's love.

merī chāhī mat karo, maiṁ moorakh ajān terī chāhā meṁ prabho hai merā kalyāṇ

There are two main challenges on the path of God's love. Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji's principle student and disciple, Roop Goswami had written in Bhaktirasamrut sindhu-

bhukti mukti spṛihā yāvat piśhāchī hṛidivartate, tāvadbhatisukhasyād kathamabhyudayo bhavet

"Liberation and material desire are two of the biggest impediments in bhakti.  As long as they are present in our hearts, the desire for God's love does not arise."   If we want to practice devotion to attain God's love, we must remove the desire for liberation and material pleasure from our heart.

Once there was a king named Sanjay. He was a very greedy person. A devta, celestial god, appeared in front himand asked the king to spell his desire.  Sanjay asked for a baby who would give only gold i.e. if the baby vomits it will be of gold, his sweat will be gold and so on.   The devta thought that the king's bad days have begun. Soon, Sanjay had a baby named Svarnasthivi.  Now when Svarnasthivi vomited it would be of gold.  The baby's sweat was gold and everything the baby expelled from its body was made of gold.

Sanjay had now become very rich and everybody around came to know about it.  He was not able to tax the people as before.  People understood that there might be some other source of income. Gangsters now tried to find out the source of this wealth and heard about his kid.  They kidnapped Svarnasthivi and took him with them.  They decide to kill him and distribute different parts of his body. One took his hand, the other took his leg, and the third person took his head.  The king heard of this, and started crying. The devta arrived and told him that whatever he had asked for has become the reason for his sadness.

We have been asking for liberation and material desire since countless lifetimes, but now we have to learn to ask for just two things, i.e. God's vision and His love. Shree Maharajji says, "Ask God to give us the intellect and understanding so that we can pray and attain His love.  Pray to God and ask Him for increasing detachment from the world, so that you can do more seva.  Since your goal is to serve Him, this type of desire will not be considered selfish because it is done with the aim of attaining His love and vision.  Make His seva your goal and ask Him for His love".
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Saakshi Gopal


Once there were two brahmins, one elderly and the other young, who were inhabitants of a place known as Vidyanagar in South India.  After touring many places of pilgrimage, the two brahmins finally reached Vrindavan.

The elderly brahmin was very satisfied with the service of the young brahmin, and he wanted to offer his youngest daughter in marriage to him. The young brahmin received the promise of the elder one before the diety of Gopal in Vrindavan making Him a witness.

When both brahmins returned to Vidyanagar, the younger brahmin raised the question of his marriage, but the elderly brahmin, due to obligations to his friends and wife, denied the promise. The young brahmin who had firm faith in Gopal said, "Lord Krishna is my witness and the entire world accepts His words". The old brahmin replied, "If Gopal personally comes here to serve as a witness, I shall surely give my daughter to you".

Because of this, the younger brahmin returned to Vrindavan and narrated the whole story to Gopal Ji.  He knew that although the Deity of Gopal appeared to be stone, He was his dearest Lord Himself.

Gopal Ji being obliged by the young man's strong faith, agreed to accompany him.  But He said, "Do not try to see Me by turning around.  As soon as you see Me, I shall remain stationary in that very place.  You will know that I am walking behind you by the sound of My ankle bells". Thus Gopal Ji followed the younger brahmin, who could hear the tinkling sound of Gopal Ji's ankle bells.

When he neared his own village, he developed a strong desire to see the Lord's beautiful form.  So he turned back and saw Gopal standing there smiling.  Gopal Ji said, "Now you can bring the old brahmin's family.  I shall stay here and shall not leave".

When everyone assembled, Gopal Ji testified to the promise of the elderly brahmin. Thus the marriage was performed.

Later, the King of that country constructed a fine temple for Gopal, Who became very famous under the name of Sakshi-Gopal (the witness Gopal).

Moral: One must have complete faith and belief in God. Just like the young brahmin, who always believed in Gopal and knew that God will help him as a witness. His faith ensured that Shree Krishna graced him with His vision.

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Question:  How one can have inner peace or concentration in Bhakti, Sadhana or Meditation when problems surround the person?

Answer:
As long as we are in material bondage, we cannot hope to be totally free from misery.  We will all grow old, we will all become sick, and we will all die one day.  Who can escape these realities of life?  Besides this, we all have sanchit karmas (the karmas of endless past lives) that create suffering/happiness for us from time-to-time.  Not even God violates this law of karma. The Puranas tell us that the Pandavas suffered immensely, even though they were great devotees of Shree Krishna.   King Dashrath passed away from the world leaving Kaushalya a widow. They were the parents of God Ram, and yet He did not interfere to remove their miseries.

As human beings, we are instructed by the scriptures to help others, and endeavor to mitigate their sufferings.  But we must do it in a detached manner, and leave the results to God.  How do we know, after all, that God is not giving them suffering for their wellbeing?  The Bible states: "God sometimes gives misery in our lives, to turn us away from sin, and seek eternal life."

The Bhagavatam states:

taṁ bhraṣhyami saṁpadbhyo yasya chechhya manugrahaṁ


God says, "When I wish to bestow the highest treasure of Divine Love upon someone, I first prepare the soul by giving suffering."  At the level of our thinking, material suffering is bad, but in the Divine plan, it may be necessary for the evolution of the soul. 

When we wish to do good to others, we think of removing their material miseries.  This is only a very partial and temporary solution - you give food to a hungry person, and after six hours, he is hungry again.  I am not decrying the need for doing material charity to society.  But that is not the only kind of charity that exists.  The highest charity is to help someone attain love for God, and get out of the cycle of life-and-death.  The God-realized Saints engage in this Divine charity.  They remove the root cause of suffering of the souls, which is forgetfulness of God.  We are not so elevated ourselves, as to engage in this divine charity by ourselves. But if we help the God - realized Saints in their work, effectively we engage in the highest charitable work we possibly can.

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The greatest treasure of knowledge is locked in the sacred Hindu scriptures, popularly known as the Vedas, Upanishads and the Shastras. It is an ocean of Divine wisdom that is eternal, and originally revealed by Lord Brahma, with the Grace of Lord Shree Krishna. With the passage of time, many God-realized saints reminded souls of the Divinity of scriptures by revealing, commenting and deciphering as appropriate with the time of their presence. This sacred knowledge was passed down from master to disciple, and is still followed today.
 
The principle Hindu scriptures comprise the Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras, Puranas, Ramayan, Mahabharat and Bhagwatam.
 
There are four Vedas: Rigved, Yajurved, Samved and Atharvaved. According to the Muktikopnishad, there are 21, 109, 1,000 and 50 branches, respectively, having a total of approximately 100,000 verses in their 1,180 branches. Today, only a fraction of these verses are available. These verses are called mantra bhag or sanhita. There are the same number of branches (1,180) called the brahman, and the same number of branches (1,180) called the aranyak, which have the same number of (1,180) Upanishads. This whole collection is called the Vedas.
 
The Upanishads have their own Divine character and they are directly related to God, and show us the path to God realization, whereas the sanhita and the brahman section of the Vedas are related to the attainment of the celestial luxuries.
 
Brahman and aranyak
 
Brahman: The brahman section of the four Vedas explains about the yagyas in great detail as to which yagya should be performed and how. Every branch of the Ved had its own brahman which was 1,180. But, in the modern days, only a few are available.
 
Aranyak: Out of 1,180 aranyakas only a few branches are available today. The Upanishads, which are the main section of the aranyakas, are widely available. The sanhita and the brahman part of the Vedas relate to the yagyas and Vedic rituals. Aranyakas tell us more about God and prescribe some forms of worship to God. But the Upanishads, which are the prime part of the aranyakas, teach us to renounce worldly attachment and surrender to God to receive His Grace. Hence, the Upanishads are called the gyan kand (the true knowledge) of the Vedas.
 
The Upvedas - There are four Upvedas (up means supplementary). Arthved (science of sociology and economics), Dhanurved (science of war), Gandharvaved (science of music), and Ayurved (medical science).
 
The Vedangas - There are six Vedangas (parts of the body of the Vedas): Vyakaran, Jyotish, Nirukt, Shikcha, Chand and Kalp Sutras.
 
Shastras - There are six Darshan Shastras, schools of philosophy. The Poorv Mimansa, Nyay, Vaisheshik, Sankhya, Yog, and Uttar Mimansa (Brahm Sutra). All the six Darshan Shastras are in sutra form.
 
Smritis - Smritis are the books of codes related to social living. There are 18 Smritis and more than 27 Upsmritis.
 
Other than these, the Vyakaran is considered the primary book on Sanskrit grammar. The Ramayan and Mahabharat are an integral part of the rich history of Bharat varsh, and contain the true philosophy of attaining God's Grace through single minded devotion and surrender to God and Guru.
 
The Bhagwatam is regarded by most bhakt saints as the most important scripture that describes the Divine leelas of Radha Krishna in the most comprehensible and beautiful form. The Bhagwatam stands at the pinnacle of all the known holy scriptures, dedicated completely to the attainment of the Supreme Divine Bliss of Radha Krishna through selfless devotion.

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Trikonasan

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Method
Stand-up straight. Keep a distance of about 3 to 4 feet between the legs. Raise both arms sideways to your shoulder level, palms facing downward. Inhale (Radhey) in this position. While exhaling (Shyam), bend down to the right from your waist and try to touch the right foot with the right hand. Raise your left hand above the head so that it is parallel to floor. Remain in this position for five seconds. Inhale (Radhey) while coming back up gently to the initial position. Repeat 5 times in both directions.    
 
Benefits
It stretches the sides of your body and tones the muscles. It burns extra fat around the waist. It stimulates the nervous system and alleviates depression. It induces 'Jataragni' or 'the fire of digestion' in the stomach and alleviates constipation.