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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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Why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great?

I am always curious to know why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great ? Example Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerburg etc.. the list is long.
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What significance (if any) does 21st June have for Yoga?

The International yoga day is celebrated on the 21st of June which is the longest day in the year. I was wondering if this day, being the summer solstice, had any special significance related to Yoga?
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Neem Karoli Baba read minds. How to protect against such things

I was watching a video of Ram Dass, and in it he recollects his 1st meeting with Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass was shocked that Neem Karoli Baba knew what Ram Dass thought the other night. How could it ...
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What is Raja-yoga? Is it related to Jnana-Yoga?

There are three known classical yoga viz. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana. I recently found Raja-Yoga in this answer. So, What is Raja-Yoga? and Is there any relation between Raja-yoga and Jnana-Yoga? ...
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What is Kriya Yoga?

What is Kriya Yoga? What is main purpose of Kriya Yoga? How is Kriya Yoga different from other yoga like Karma Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Raja Yoga and Bhakti Yoga?
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What is anuloma viloma pranayama?

I hear a few yoga gurus talking about "anuloma viloma" pranayama or breathing technique. What is it and how does it compare with alternate nostril breathing?
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What exactly happens during Parakaya Pravesha?

Parakaya Pravesha is power of entering into body of another person through Yoga. Sri Adi Sankara entered the body of King Amaruka of Benares. Tirumular in Southern India entered the body of a ...
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What siddhis are achieved when one attains turiya?

Can someone list siddhis one achieves when one attains turiya? Are all Ashta siddhis achieved when one attains turiya or does it only exist at six Chakras below sahasrara, is siddhis like ...
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About meditation for memory and concentration

Someone had suggested to me (5-6 years ago) to "gaze on a black dot marked on an clean wall" to increase concentration. I used to do it whenever i felt lack of concentration. A few days ago, when i ...
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Does tapasya remove even dhatus?

Tapasya cleanses body of all toxins, especially solid, liquid, fat, pitta and kapha natured, (as well as perhaps nadis as well, though I'm not sure about this) by Divine purifying rays of the Sun, so ...
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Scriptural basis for Ramakrishna's claim about 'inner nerve of memory' (medhā nāḍī)

In The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / Rules for Householders and Monks, Ramakrishna Paramahansa makes the following claim. MAHIMA: Sir, why does a man become deluded by worldly ...
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What is the historical origin of Yoga?

We all know that Patanjali systematized the Yoga. However, he merely systematized the practices that were already there. What is the historical origin of Yoga?
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What is the story of origin of Yoga?

There is a story about the origin of yoga by Maharishi Patanjali and how he gave the knowledge of Yoga to mankind. What is that story and what is the significance of it?
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Why do seeing Devas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Gandharvas is obstruction to an yogi?

Vayu purana says that seeing Devas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Gandharvas etc., is a sign of obstruction to yoga. Why is it? All of them are divine beings and why it can't be a sign of yoga instead of sign ...
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For normal people, is a guru needed or recommended to get Raja Yoga?

Consider the following excerpt from the preface of Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda In the first part some simple and specific directions are given for the student who want to practise, but all ...
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Is Maricha a yogi?

Maricha in Ramayana becomes deer. Is it due to his power of yoga? If not, how he attains such body?
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Does any yogic siddhi let a human to be simultaneously present at two different places physically?

Is there any yogic siddhi by help of which one can be present at two or more places physically at the same time?
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Difference between meditating in padmasana Vs shavasana?

I understand after going through few posts here that even though shavasana is not a preferred posture for meditation as the person may fall off to sleep, hence padmasana/siddhasana is the best asana. ...
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Am I allowed to enjoy work while following the path of Karma Yoga?

Regarding the Bhagavad Gita and Karma yoga, Am I allowed to enjoy the work I do while following the path of Karma Yoga? If yes then doesn't that go against indifference attitude I am supposed to ...
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What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? Is it mandatory for everyone to do?

What is the purpose of Karma Yoga. What does it do? Is it compulsory for everyone who is worker to do it? Can any work be done as karma yoga?
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What exactly do we mean by the term 'deep meditation'?

When we say that a person is in deep meditation then what exactly do we mean: Is the person still aware of what is going around him, like he can hear the various sounds be it anything? He is not ...
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Is a chakra a supernatural invisible thing, or a symbol for something natural?

I'm western and skeptical. I was born in a spiritualist family where the concept of chakras were used as being a part of spiritual body. But for spiritualists the term "spiritual" is something ...
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Classification of yoga in Hinduism

Is there any classification in Yoga? If yes, what are the names of different types of yogas along with further classifications?
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Do humans breathe 21600 times in a day according to the Yoga sastra?

I came to know that a human breathes 21,600 times per day according to Yoga sastra. Which shloka explicitly states it?
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How does the Vaishnava commentators interpret 'NAda-Upasana' prescribed in Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Srimad-Bhagavatam is treated as a scripture praising Lord Hari and showing the path of Devotion. The 12th Canto (Chapter 6, Slokas 37-38) advise the anAhata-nAda upasana as a way of reaching the ...
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Can Moksha be achieved through Bhakti towards a physical object?

I am looking for any scriptural sources relating to whether Bhakti towards a lover, a king, a country, or a physical idol can lead to Moksha by itself, or does one need to have Bhakti for the formless ...
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Raja/Hatha yogi or yoginis mukthi should be through brahmarandhra?

Is it mentioned anywhere in the scripture that Yogis and Yoginis who follow Hath/Raja yoga mukthi should be through brahmarandhra/sahasrara? If there is no sign should we conclude that they will be ...
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How a devotee of God leaves his body for Moksha?

Our body is city of 9 gates. My question is how a devotee leaves a body and is different from a Yogi who quits his body for Moksha. Generally in Tantric Yoga it is said one whose soul exits through ...
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Nine gates of a human body?

I somewhere read: A jyoti mudra technique that is taught to Kriya Yogis has for its purpose the making manifest the light (jyoti) of the spiritual eye by "closing of the nine gates of the body,"...
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Can someone explain this Mudra being done by Ramakrishna Paramhansa in Samadhi?

"Ramakrishna in bhava samadhi at the house of Keshab Chandra Sen. He is seen supported by his nephew Hriday and surrounded by brahmo devotees." Can any scholar here, identify this hand Mudra done ...
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How to practice Kriya Yoga from Vaishnava perspective?

Kriya Yoga is ancient technique of Yoga revived in modern times by immortal yogi Mahatavar Babaji. Mahavatar Babaji imparted this knowledge to his disciple Lahari Mahasaya who in turn imparted this ...
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What are the contributions of all seven disciples of Adiyogi?

Please explain the contributions of all seven disciples of Adiyogi and what were their identity in western world . Kindly answer with available proofs.
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How does giving up food and water help yogis?

I would like to understand the fundamental reason behind giving up food and water by some yogis: What exactly happens to the physical body, mental body or energy body by such actions? If that has a ...
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What are the basic rules for Nirahara Samyama?

I read some where that Vedic science even gives us the choice of living without food. This can be achieved through a yogic process called Nirahara Samyama by which we learn to awaken our bio memory to ...
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The concept of God in Bhakti Yoga

From three classical yogas in Hinduism viz. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana, I found me Ajnani in case of Bhakti yoga probably due to improper concept of god. I understand the Karma Yoga: Nishkam Karma or ...
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Is Dharma unreal in Vedanta?

This source (page 214 (5)), which is also cited in the Wikipedia page for Dharma, says : In the Yoga system the dharma is real; in the Vedanta it is unreal (vivarta). What does this mean in the ...
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As per hinduism, does life span of human depends on his respiratory breaths?

According to hinduism life span of every individual human depends on his respiratory breaths?
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What is the Yoga shastra of Dattatreya?

Dattatreya, who is said to be avatar of Tridev, was born in 10th Treta yuga of the current Vaivasvara Manvantra and is believed to have acquired the knowledge of Yoga. In his history, there was no ...
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Which tantric books illustrate Chakras, nadis, deities in body of purusha?

Which tantric books contain traditional detailed illustrations of Chakras, nadis, as well as deities (both vedic 33, puranic including numerous various names/Manifestations of deities) located on/in ...
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does all three bodies cease to exist in turiya?

does all three bodies cease to exist/merge with brahman in turiya state? If so, is it not possible for astral travel or projection since subtle body no longer exists, but merges with brahman?
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Can a lady undergoing menstruation period do yoga?

I heard that a lady undergoing menstruation should not do yoga. My doubt is can a lady during her menstruation do yoga or not? If no then after how many days she can be able to do yoga? If yes, ...
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Which saints or Yogis from history are recorded to have done Parakaya Pravesha successfully?

Parakaya Pravesha is an advanced level Yogic Siddhi (accomplishment) obtained by certain adept Yogis. By virtue of which these Yogis can enter other's bodies. Adi Shankaracharya mastered this Siddhi ...
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Scriptures other than the Hata Yoga Pradipika containing asanas

chapter I of Hata Yoga Pradipika lists out the following 15 different types of asanas along with details Swastika-âsana, Gomukha-âsana, Vîrâsana, Kurmâsana, Kukkuṭa âsana, Uttâna ...
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Regarding Impurities in the Nâdis before starting Hatha Yoga

Consider the first paragraph from the introduction of Hatha Yoga Pradipika There exists at present a good deal of misconception with regard to the practices of the Haṭha Yoga. People easily ...
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Which Pancharatra text describes Yogam?

Recently while discussing about practice of meditation, I heard that there are five daily activities called Pancakāla Prakriyā which are Abhigamanam, Upadanam, Ijyai, Svadhyayam, and Yogam followed by ...
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Is Hatha Yoga Pradipika an authentic hindu text?

Is Hatha Yoga Pradipika an authentic Hinduism text as Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, Vivekananda Raja Yoga etc.,?
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Can one sit in a Yogic posture (Asana) when not performing spiritual activities like meditation?

Can one sit in an asana (e.g. half-lotus / full lotus) in a non-meditative context such as when using the computer / browsing the internet? Or is it an offense? I tried to search online but found ...
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Why are graves called samadhi?

Wikipedia describes samadhi as Samadhi (Sanskrit: समाधि, Hindi pronunciation: [səˈmaːd̪ʱi]), also called samāpatti, in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and yogic schools refers to a state of ...
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Is turiya the ultimate state? [duplicate]

Is turiya the ultimate state of pure consciousness void of senses, dreams, that is to say, are all siddhis such as ability to become light/float, divine, inner, cosmic visions, insights, automatically ...
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How naga sadhus reach to kumba mela place? [closed]

I have read this in a facebook post, I felt it as a puzzle and thought to ask here. We all know that naga sadhus won't wear cloths, but how they reach to kumba mela place? If those many people are ...