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The Bhagavad Gita, which has 18 chapters, is called a book of yoga. It teaches eighteen different techniques of the practice of yoga. What does one hope to achieve by practising yoga? For this, one has to see the most authentic ancient scripture on yoga, the Yogasutras of Patanjali. He defines yoga as 'Yogas chittha vritthi nirodha'; the stilling of all the distractions or vibrations of the mind stuff...
Is it necessary to become a renunciant, a sanyasin, to reach spiritual perfection? The fifth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita begins with Arjuna asking a similar question, 'O Krishna, you praise the giving up of actions. You also praise yoga whch does not necessitate giving up of actions. Confused as I am, tell me, which one is the better of the two?' Sri Krishna answers, 'Renunciation and the yoga of action, both lead to incomparable bliss. Of the two, however, the yoga of action is superior to the renunciation of action. What one must renounce is rather, the fruits of action ...'
'M' (Mumtaz Ali), as he prefers to be called and is popularly known, is a genuinely secular voice that has assimilated the essence of all religions and is committedly engaged in passing on his understanding of the oneness of all religious paths to spiritual seekers.
Born into a muslim family in Kerala in 1949, 'M' nurtured keen interest towards spiritual pursuit since childhood. Even as a lad he spent time reading books on yoga, vedanta and vedic scriptures. At twenty, he could no longer subdue his strong attraction towards the Himalayas where he met his great master. Emulating the teachings and life of his guru, 'M' strongly asserts that one has to live like the lotus, which, while growing in water and deriving its nourishment from it, still does not let water wet its petals. He shuns the pseudo outer shell of all formal religions, yet cognizes their inner mysticism that can nourish the innate goodness in all human beings.
To all those who seek clarifications, guidance and help in spiritual matters he is available with matchless compassion and unconditional love. He lives in a valley on the outskirts of Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh but is often on the move travelling far and wide for lectures. He writes and paints when he is not away from his house "Snow White" in Madanapalli. Although not formally trained in music, 'M' sings beautiful bhajans in mellifluous tunes. He is a 'grihasta' not a monk, an has wife and two children.
"Go to the core" he says, "theories are useless".