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Yoga (Sanskrit: योग) are the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind.

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Question on Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Dear Friends, I am going to study Patanjali Yoga Sutra after some days but before that, I want to check it's authenticity because in this Video , the Acharya ji, who have very good knowledge about ...
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Are subtle and causal bodies inseparable?

There are three bodies for every living being including human: stula (physical), sushma (subtle) and causal (karana). It is evident that physical body can be separated from reamining two. Subtle and ...
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The Best method for attaining Krishna

In every Yoga of the Bhagvad Gita (especially from the Gitas I hear or read), Lord Krishna prescribes the superiority of that Yoga over the others. Which one is the best one in reality? Or is there ...
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What is the difference between PRANAYAMA and vipassana meditation?

What is the difference between PRANAYAMA and vipassana Meditation ? I know that the founder of vipassana Meditation is S.N. Goenka and Pranayam by Baba Ramdev
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Do chakras belong to the physical body or subtlebody?

There are three bodies for a human: physical, subtle, causal. There are seven chakras: Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Ajna, Vishuddha, Sahastra. Till now, I believe that chakras do belong ...
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How can a person get the power of going anywhere at will like the Rishis?

Rishis could go anywhere at will like Vyasa. And Krishna-Dwaipayana, when he met his mother as before, informed her as to how he had been deceived by the seniormost of the princesses and how he had ...
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What is the meaning of 'Rajoyoga' and 'Tamoyoga'

In Ganapati stavah, I came across two words 'Rajoyoga' and 'Tamoyoga' in shloka 4 and 6 respectively:- https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_ganesha/gaNapatistavaH.html What is the meaning of the above ...
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Which scripture contains about "chin mudra" in detail?

Chin mudra is popular in sanathan dharma. Improving concentration is one of the effects that happens for a practitioner of chin mudra. I quickly went through the names of mudras from two yoga ...
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What is the name of asana in which Lalitha devi sit?

Consider the following picture of Lalita Devi She sat in a particular asana. I want to know the exact name of the asana here. What is the name of the asana in which the Lalita Tripura Sundari sit?
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Who authored Vijnana Bhairav Tantra or what is it's Guru parampara?

Wikipedia says The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra (VBT, sometimes spelled in a Hindicised way as Vigyan Bhairav Tantra) is a Shaiva Tantra, of the Kaula Trika tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, dated to ca. the ...
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What is the difference between suputam and panchamukham mudra?

In photos it seems that both the mudra are same. Are there any difference between these two mudras in applying pressure in points?
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Patanjali yoga asana

Well, I was reading a book by Samuel Aun Weor. When I came across this practise anulom-vilom with toning sounds. Here is the link : https://glorian.org/books/the-yellow-book/christic-egyptian-...
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What can be an example of Vikalpa from our day-to-day life?

Patanjali yoga sutras discuss five types of Chitta vrittis. One among them is vikalpa. The following is the sloka which defines vikalpa. शब्दज्ञानानुपाती वस्तुशून्यो विकल्पः Śabdajñānānupātī ...
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Do full time or experienced and highly consistent yogis also fall ill?

We normal mundane people generally fall ill at least once in a year with fever, cough or other regular illness. Maybe such light illnesses used to be part of the body cycle to regain immunity that I ...
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Which spiritual organisation offers free meditation guidance in India?

In India there are many spiritual organisations which teach meditation while some charge and some do not charge money wise. For example: Art of living: charge money. Vipassana: Does not charge. Isha ...
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Does anyone know what the bija mantra KRAM stands for? Thank you

I received it in a dream, that was very complex, and would like to clarify it
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Is there any person experienced subtle body temporarily leaving body due to vichara?

There are several stories in which I heard people experiencing their subtle body leaving physical body for sometime and coming back into it. One of them is HH Sri Siddheswarananda Bharati. He ...
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In which book Udgeeth is mentioned?

Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of Pranayam like Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, Bhramari and then Udgeeth. Is Udgeeth one of Pranayam(One ...
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Satanama Mantra and Hinduism?

I read about Satanama ( स त न म) Mantra which is part of kirtan kriya and was popularized in the West by Yogi Bhajan. Is this part of Sanatan Dharma or has any referral to any type of Hindu Gods?
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What would one realise if they meditated without knowledge of any Hindu metaphysics?

Are Vedanta and other systems derived purely through logic or do they have an experiential basis too?
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Acquire Prana to reach spiritual perfection - Swami Vivekananda

Rāja Yoga – Swāmi Vivekānanda – CHAPTER III : PRĀṆA Reading this chapter, it seems to me that to reach spiritual perfection a Yogi must acquire as more Prana as he can in the less amount of time. This ...
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Shankaracharya entering another's body [duplicate]

As discussed in this question, Shankaracharya entered body of the king to gain knowledge. A similar instance is described in Mahabharata, where a Brahmin Sanyasin enters body of king Dharmadhyaja, of ...
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What is (the definition of)Yoga?

To say that Yoga is simply the name given to the practice of certain asanas,for the body’s well being is narrow and incomplete. From what I infer,the word Yoga means union,literally. Then ,Patanjali’s ...
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Is Ajanu (At / Below the Knees) Arms From Birth or can they be developed over time

We all know that the human body is temporary and changes over time (infant --> child --> adolescence --> adult ---> old ---> cadaver). We also know that practicing spirituality can ...
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List the steps to perform astral projection

Astral projection is quite an interesting topic.Would someone please list down how it is done?What are its prerequisites? Is it another name for “travel of the subtle body”?
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What exactly reaches the chidakasam?

An yogi with proper practice can reach chidakasam, which is generally treated as Samadi state. The chidakasam (space of intelligence) is beyond chittakasam (space of mind) and stulakasam (space of ...
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Is it possible to attain moksha with Dhyana yoga?

Is it possible in this century to attain salvation through Dhyana Yoga.(One of the 4 yogas to attain savation as per Gita) Could you give name of some dhyana yogis who achieved salvation in this or ...
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Is there any mantra that cures insomnia?

I know that this is off topic,but YouTube comment sections are filled with the remarks of people about how they felt better/were transformed when they listened to the mantra in that video. Is there ...
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Who is Yogeshwara? Is it Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva?

I have heard that Lord Shiva is the source of Yoga, the one who taught it to Mother Parvati, and then later on to others, and hence is called Adiyogi. But Wikipedia says that Lord Krishna is ...
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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Was Sage Patanjali the chief priest of king Pushyamitra Sunga?

I heard that he was. I also read somewhere (which I can't remember) that this information is mentioned in the Yoga Sutra itself. But I could not find it. It is also mentioned in this post in Hinduism ...
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How many types of Yogic practices are there? [duplicate]

I have heard about few types of Yogic practices. For example, Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga etc. Exactly how many types of Yogic practices are mentioned in our scriptures? Please give references from ...
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How does meditation work on human personality?

I thought meditation does not only work on mind and soul, but it is more than that.
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Is Kundalini awakening possible with a crooked or damaged spinal cord?

I heard from many people in yoga domain that spinal cord is important for an yogi. And it is extremely important for a Kundalini practitioner to keep her spinal cord in proper and erected position. ...
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Is Brahm Gyan and Moksha same?

Brahm gyan, atma gyan and moksha are same? When do we get brahm gyan? Or does moksha means permanent staying in nirvikalpa avastha?
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What is the exact purpose of Yog Nidra?

I would like to understand the exact purpose of Yog Nidra? Plus where is it stated in our scriptures? Are there any specific techniques stated in the scriptures for it?
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Is the "capability of knowing past lives" an unavoidable step in getting moksha?

A person in a moksha state or higher yogic state is able to know about her past lives according to scriptures. My doubt is that is it a mandated step in getting moksha? I mean, is it true that a ...
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Which substance in a female body is converted to Ojas?

For males, it's told that it's the semen ( vírya ), that when preserved via Brahmacharya gets converted to Ojas, travelling upto ajña chakra, by the process called Urdhareta. So, as per the relevant ...
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Acceptability of Kundalini Shakti and Chakras across Hinduism?

How well is the concept of Kundalini Shakti, the body Chakras, the nāḍīs and subsequently their role in the attainment of Mokṣa (in its various types and levels of hierarchies across different ...
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Instances of mutual parakaya pravesa

Parakaya pravesa is a well known in sanathan dharma in which a jiva can enter in to another person body. So, it may also be possible that two persons can swap their Jivas. But, are there any such ...
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Why only humans become ghosts but never any other organism?

Why only humans become ghosts/returning spirit, while there are uncountable organisms dying but never turn ghost. Is it because of the subconscious mind and it's strong memories to achieve something ...
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How to co-relate Atman with Kundalini?

Vedanta philosophy states that samâdhi is obtained by realising one's identity with the soul(âtman) separate from the body & mind. Tantra philosophy, though not denying the existence of âtman ...
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What are the reference from the vedas about Yuga, Manvantara and Kalpa? [duplicate]

There are 4 yugas and 1 yuga cycle is 43,200,000 years. Satya Yuga equals 1,728,000 Human years Treta Yuga equals 1,296,000 Human years Dvapara Yuga equals 864,000 Human years Kali Yuga equals 432,000 ...
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Differences in Yogic Virtues

What are the main differences between these yogic virtues: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi.
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Can the existence of God be understood through yoga?

Are the metaphysical truths of Hinduism achievable through the different techniques of Yoga (like breath meditation) without any preconceived notions or are we to rationally believe in them first and ...
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what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and karma yoga?

what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga? I know that both paths are almost the same, I mean both motives are the way to salvation I want to know what is the major difference between ...
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Mantras, Initiation and Practice

In the book that I read recently (Mantram Handbook by Eknath Easwaran), he advises that one should repeat the mantram silently, whenever the mind is free, in day to day instances also, like waiting in ...
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Is it possible to live like in Krita Yuga [Satya Yuga] for an individual, despite being in Kali Yuga?

Being inspired by this very extensive answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/9205/22667 to a question about Yugas, I would like to know if, applying all the human efforts and energies to sadhana ...
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What is Vayu Siddhi and how to attain it? Are siddhis necessary for Moksha achievement?

Reading the Samhita of Shiva and some other recommendations of the Swami Sivananda Saraswaati, I came across the term vayu siddhi. The English translation roughly explains what it is but I wish to ...
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Non-decaying property of Yogi body after death

It is well-known that the body of Paramahamsa Yogananda, after his death, did not decay like any other dead body. And we can read it from here. Are there any other instances from either history or ...
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