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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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How to do kevali pranayama or ajapa japa according to gheranda samhita?

I've read gheranda samhita but I'm little confused how to do kevali pranayama or ajapa japa are both same? What is the exact process of doing it
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Does Purusha occupy space or is it atom like or is it everywhere in Sankhya and Yoga philosophy?

Sankhya and Yoga philosophy popularly divides the world into insentient Prakruti and sentient Purusha. Purushas are the souls. According to Vedanta Soul or Jeevatma is atom like and it resides in the ...
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How to start kriya yoga?

What are preliminary steps in kriya yoga. I have read that you have to practice and when you will be ready your guru will find you what kind of practice do I need to do before finding a guru
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What is Yoga - Philosophy or a form of physical exercise?

1. I am greatly confused as to what is Yoga ? - Is it a form of physical exercise with certain poses ? Or Is it some philosophy like Sankhya ? Also why is Yoga prefixed in words like "Karma Yoga&...
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Witchcraft and their basis

I've read that the witchcraft tales that we often hear about is dakini siddhi....could some of u kindly elaborate. Here in nepal we hear that witches(dakinis) gather at astamatrika pithas(especially ...
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Scriptures defining 'Kayavyuha' in Yoga that can nullify karmas quicly

There is a siddhi in yoga called Kaya-Vyuha. I read recently about it. Yogi, after attaining this siddhi can present at multiple places with different bodies. The purpose of such manifestations is to ...
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Asana a prerequisite of pranayamam

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas, Nigam, Āsana, Prānāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāranā, Dhyāna, Samādhi. It was mentioned in many yoga text books and commentary, one should practice asanas ...
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Is the velocity of time ultimately dependent on 'manas' alone?

It is well-known that different lokas have different velocities of time. For example A month of human beings is equal to a day and night of the Pitris. A year (of human beings) is equal to a day and ...
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Esoteric meaning of an extract from the meeting of Arjuna and Shiva

There is a story in the Mahabharata of Shiva meeting Arjuna as a kirāta when he awards him his divine arrow. Kunchan Nambiar of Kerala has interpreted the story in the form of an ōṭṭantuḷḷal, a kind ...
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What are the verses that accept the authority of the Vedas in Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya and Yoga Sutras?

Out of six orthodox Hindu Philosophical schools, Vedanta and Mimamsa directly philosophize the Gyanakanda and Karmakanda of the Vedas. The other four schools (Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya and Yoga) ...
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What are the high pranic foods according to Yogic culture?

In the following video Sadhguru says Ash Gourd known as Kooshmanda. He says that is a high pranic food. That is why it is also used in sacrifices where they break it by throwing it to ground. https://...
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Why do I feel internal tremors/shaking while meditation?

I'm new to this site. Apologies in advance if I made any mistake. Please read the details. I've recently started meditation. I do it every night before sleeping. But after a few minutes of starting ...
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Why does Ramanujacharya reject yoga-pratyaksha as a pramana?

In the Sri Bhashya, his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, Ramanujacharya rejects "yoga pratyaksha" (yogic perception) as a pramana: (Paraphrased by me for readability) Perception is of two ...
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Location of Vijñana Nadis (discussed in Shiva Samhita)

In the Shiva Samhita it says, "Seated in Padmasana and away from human company, he should block the two Vijñana nadis with his fingers." What I am trying to figure out is the location of the ...
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Are there any other sadhakas in India who lived without food?

In the scriptures of Sanathan Dharma, there are several mentions about rishis or yogis who live without food. Some may live on the water, some may live with either sun or air. In the recent past, ...
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What scriptures, other than the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, mention Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha?

I know that these are mentioned in Buddhist scriptures, but I'm specifically interested in their occurrence in Hindu scriptures.
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Does the time to reach the samadi state decreases by practising more?

It is very very difficult to reach the samadhi state for a beginner in yoga as it is the last step in ashtanga yoga. A lot of practice and other qualities are needed to reach the state. In general, it ...
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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 who experienced the subtle body temporarily leaving body due to vichara?

There are several stories in which I heard people experiencing their subtle body leaving their physical body for some time 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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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 and this lifetime to attain salvation through Dhyana Yoga? (One of the 4 yogas to attain salvation as per Gita) Could you give names of some dhyana yogis who achieved ...
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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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