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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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Who or What was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? Why was he silent about his past lives?

Who (or what) was Swami Vivekananda in his previous births? This answer to Why don't we remember our past lives? says: Swami Vivekananda said he remembered all his past lives. Patanjali says in ...
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What scriptures describe using Red Arsenic for invisibility?

Adinatha's Khechari Vidya is an early Hatha Yoga text dated to the 15th century. This excerpt from the Khechari Vidya describes various Siddhis or magical powers that can be obtained by a Yogic ...
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What magical powers are obtained from the Amalaka plant?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What herbs found on Earth give magical powers?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Dvādashānta in which direction from the tip of the nose?

As verse 24 of Vijnabhairav Tantra says: Bhairava says: Para devi or Highest Sakti who is of the nature of visarga goes on (ceaselessly) expressing herself upward (urdhve) (from the centre of the ...
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What is Soma? Is it a drink or a metaphor for spiritual bliss or both? [duplicate]

The whole Mandala 9 of Rig-Veda is devoted to the Soma. My question set is as follows. What is Soma? What is its importance? Are there both interior as well as exterior somas? I've read about ...
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What is Yajna, how it is different from Tapas?

What is Yajna? How it is different from Tapas? Can anyone give scriptural references which describes these two terms?
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How do Hindu kids see with their eyes closed?

There are plenty of videos on the Internet which show such talents of Hindu children. Example: Samyak Jain Super Wonder Kid who can read with closed eyes Human X-Ray machine: Unbelievable Eye sight ...
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What is Vajroli Mudra?

I have heard lot about this mudra and its benefits and online text have different different version of it. If any one can explain me in full detail with pictures, quoting the relevant texts and ...
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Rithambara Pragnya experienced by mathematician Ramanujan

Ramanujan Video RajyaSabha The above link (in epilogue, time 52 min 39secs has at the very end) while concluding it mentions a stage of "Rithambara Pragna", an attainment of a direct cognitive ...
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Which Hindu scriptures discuss Kapāla Mokṣa?

If you ever attended a Hindu funeral or cremation, you will notice that it is customary to wait until the kapāla (skull) of the deceased cracks. I think this is taken as a sign of the deceased person'...
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Which scriptures define the science of Mudras? And what are they used for?

It would be great to also have some reference to translations (if any) in english or hindi of the scriptures which deal with the science of mudras. Also would like to know what different purpose the ...
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kamajayi mudra and it's implications on celibacy

how can I use kamajayi mudra to become a means of aid in my celibacy?can i use it in the course of simple breathing meditation..or do i have to do a separate kind of affirmation meditation?
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What is the reason behind Gita favoring the SAtvika way over others?

Usually people who have read Gita, would say that NishKAma Karma is the way of "Karma yoga". Numerous verses suggest that, NishkAma Karma is SAtvika way of life. SakAma karma is RAjasika way & ...
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How does a Jogi lead his life? Are "Yogi" and "Jogi" the same?

How does or How should a Jogi lead his or her live? Bhogi is voracious, rogi lives in travail and yogi is ascetic. Are both 'yogi' and 'jogi' the same?
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Which Puranic Scriptures describes procedure of "Ashtanga Yoga"?

Ashtanga yoga  means "eight-limbed yoga," as described by the Maharshi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. consists of the following eight spiritual practices: 1) Yama 2) Niyama 3) Asana 4) Pranayama 5) ...
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Who are the Visaraga Yogis condemned by the Vaikhanasas?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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Where is the Manipura Chakra located?

I read in different sources about different locations of the manipura chakra. Two finger-width under the navel, secondly the navel and thirdly the solar plexus with is two or three finger width above ...
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Sadhana Bakthi and Bakthi Yoga

There are types of Bakthis. What is Sadhana Bakthi? Will this come under Bakthi Yoga?
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What are three Sharira and their relation to five Kosha?

I heard three Sharira mentioned in some texts viz. स्थूल शरिर (Sthula Sharira) सूक्ष्म शरिर (Sukshma Sharira) कारन शरिर (Karan Sharira) Let me ask some questions about them. What are these three ...
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Meaning of Sadhana , Tapasya and Yoga (साधना ,तपस्या & योग)?

In spiritual practices of Hinduism or Adhyatma ,We often hear these three words -: 1) Sadhana 2) Tapasya 3) Yoga. My questions are -: 1) Are these terms similar or related to each other? 2) ...
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Which characters in Mahabharata and Mahabharata war are fit in definition of 'Yoga'

Definition of Yoga as Defined by Bhagwan Shri Krishna in Bhagwad Gita Chapter 2 verse 48 is योगस्थ कृरु कर्माणि सङ्गंत्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय | सिद्ध्यासिध्यो समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते||२.४८|| ...
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What is the most authentic form of yoga?

There are so many different practices that people call yoga. What is the most authentic in terms of being supported by Hindu scriptures?
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How to purify one's speech?

How can one purify speech? Speech or tongue is part of indriyas and mother Saraswati is the owner of it. So, how to purify one's speech?
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Vision of one's own self or pratika darshan

In Swami Muktananda's autobiography, "Play of Consciousness" he refers to having visions of himself in one short chapter. I began to have a new experience. As the lights appeared in meditation, ...
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Meaning of Citta?

The most prolific usage of the concept of 'Chittam' is in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. The word is most identified with as part of 'Shat-Chit-Anandam' meaning existance-conciousness-bliss according to ...
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Lord Shiva as Adi Yogi taught Yoga to seven sages and in turn these seven sages spread across the world. Is this theory a new look to our mythology?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is well known for his Isha Foundation and his yogic practices. He came up with a theory, a seemingly new one regarding Lord Shiva and the origin of yoga in India. According to ...
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If Hindus can't kill animals, how do they get tiger carpets?

I read some Yoga books, and saw Swami Sivananda saying to not kill animals, but himself can be found in a photo making asana over a tiger's skin carpet, even pictures of Lord Shiva show him over a ...
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Do any scriptures mention which yoga asanas should be performed everyday?

Do Patanjali's yoga aphorisms or any other scriptures mention anything about which yoga asanas we should practice everyday?
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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 are some notably difficult tapas yogis have performed in modern days?

I just learned of Shivabalayogi's tapas of meditating for 23 hours a day for eight years. And 12 hours a day for two more years. That is the most notable tapas I have heard of. What are some other ...
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What Is the major benefits Of Pranayam?

Pranayama is a Nitya-karma daily activity (Kumbhaka pranayam is used in Sandhyavandana) and is major part of yoga and Hinduism. What are benefits of pranayama both medicinal and spiritual aspects.
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Spiritual evolutionary timescale

In chapter 26 of the Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda states (paragraph 14) that, and I quote; The scriptures aver that man requires a million years of normal, diseaseless evolution ...
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Difference between Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samyama, Samāpatti, Samādhi and Kaivalyam

One can come across these terms in the Patanjali Yoga sutras and the Tantra texts. I want the exact definition of each of the above, difference(subtle or obvious) between them and examples to ...
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Do Vedas talk about Moksha,Kaivalya or Mukti?

I've heard that the Vedas only talk about three of the four Purusharthas, viz. Dharmam, Arth, and Kam. The fourth Purushartha, Moksha, is said to be added or is made popular or is accepted after the ...
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How does one differentiate between Bhakti and Bhakti Yoga?

The Bhagavad Gita which is part of Mahabharata is elucidation of Tattva, Hita and purushartha by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. It talks about various aspects like Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti yoga and ...
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Do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn it?

As the question states, do Vedas teach Yogasana? If so, what are the good sources to learn the asanas?
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Yoga Sutra by Jaimini?

I have heard that there are treatises on Yoga from Rishis other than Patanjali and one of them is from Rishi Jaimini. Is this true? What are the other Yoga treatises available today and is there any ...
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what are the actual consequences of kundalini yoga?

I have been reading about Kundalini yoga and have realized that though people consider the Kundilini arousal state to be the consequence of spiritual enlightenment, the after-effects of this arousal ...
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Is Shiva really Adi Guru of Yoga?

Is Shiva really first teacher of Yoga? How was Yoga developed?
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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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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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How does one practice contentment?

Contentment (santosha) is one of the five niyamas in yoga. How does one actively practice contentment? Is it through meditation on certain feelings or something else? The other niyamas (cleanliness, ...
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Which Shaivite sect believes God is the operator of the Universe but not the source?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Some more questions on the Atman

This is a third question in a series of questions essentially about being able to see the Atman. In the previous question I basically asked if being able to see (experience) the divinity of the Atman ...
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How do I control and slay indriyas (senses)?

I've recently read the 3rd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. At the end, the following is said to get control over the indriyas (senses): इन्द्रियाणि मनो बुद्धिरस्याधिष्ठानमुच्यते । एतैर्विमोहयत्येष ज्ञा...
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More questions on the Ajna chakra, and the Atman

I post some further questions in continuation of the question About the mind's eye and the third eye in Hinduism: I understand from @SwamiVishwananda's answer to the first question that the Ajna ...
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About the mind's eye and the third eye in Hinduism

How are the Third eye and the Mind's eye "defined" in Hinduism? In particular, according to Hinduism, are these separate concepts or one? According to Hinduism, do only particular individuals have the ...
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Yogic techniques to meditate for an indefinite period of time without any needs?

Are there any references in Vedas or Yogic scriptures about techniques for meditation. We keep hearing how Siddha Yogis are able to meditate constantly without attending the needs of the physical body....

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