Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe
Based on original Sanskrit sources, this book gives an authentic account of the methods of yoga in its different forms, including the challenging "left-hand" paths, as well as practices best suited to Western students.
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abstinences action adept apana aspects Auspicious posture bandha becomes belly Bhakti yoga Brahman Brahmarandhra breath control breathing exercises called central artery chakra chalice cleansing coiled energy concentrating consciousness contemplation deity digestive divine dwells existence eyes Flying contraction forms of yoga gesture guru Hatha Yoga Pradipika Hindu hold the breath identification inner sound japa Jnana yoga knowledge kundalini Laya yoga left nostril life-breath Lotus posture mantra Mantra yoga means meditation mental method of reintegration mind mudrd nature navel Net-holding contraction nose object one's perceive perception physical Pingala posture of Attainment practice of yoga prana principle purity Quoted in Kalydna Raja yoga realization religions ritual Root Center Root contraction samadhi scriptures seed seeker senses Shaivism Shaivite shakti Shiva Samhitd stage subtle body subtle centers Supreme Sushumna syllable techniques Tejo-bindu Upanishad things Upanishad Veda Vishnu vital breath vital energy worship Yoga Darshana yogi yoni
Page 25 - The Hindu will therefore speak indifferently of men or of subtle beings, he intermingles the geography of celestial worlds with that of terrestrial continents, and in this he sees no discontinuity but, on the contrary, a perfect coherence; for, to him, these worlds meet at many common points, and the passage from one to the other is easy for those who have the key. For instance, in medicine, the Hindu takes into account not only the effects of the drugs and foods on the physical organism, but also...
Page 20 - O beloved! However intent on learning, detached, knower of the law, self-restrained he may be, a God even cannot without yoga attain liberation."4 Yoga is thus the technique of realization. It embraces all forms of religious experience all of which are based on yoga, knowingly or unknowingly. Every form of knowledge, too, is ultimately a form of yoga. Yoga is the means and the object of knowledge. "It is through yoga that yoga can be known, through yoga that inclination towards yoga develops. He...
Page 19 - Nearest Approach", an Upanishad (from upa= near, nishad= seated). That which is really our own we are one with. Hence the human act of love is taken as the symbol of mystical experience, a passionate striving to become one. On the eyes of a corpse an image forms like a reflection in water, but there is no faculty of Consciousness to seize it, no memory to take its imprint. That which really perceives is our faculty of Consciousness. It seizes upon the experience of the senses, which, were they separated...