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Hamsa Upanishad, Yoga Upanishad which belongs to Shukla Yajurveda, mentions that. अथ हंस ऋषिः । अव्यक्ता गायत्री छन्दः । परमहंसो देवता । अहमिति बीजम् । स इति शक्तिः । सोऽहमिति कीलकम् । षट् सङ्ख्यया अहोरात्रयोरेकविंशतिसहस्राणि षट् शतान्यधिकानि भवन्ति । English Translation by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar: (Here the performance of Ajapā Gāyaṭrī is ...


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This is mentioned in Yogic texts as well as in numerous Tantras. For example the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra says: The breath is exhaled with the sound 'Ha' and inhaled again with the sound 'Sa'. Thus the individual always repeats this particular mantra Hamsa. (155) This japa of the Devi which was previously indicated, (being repeated) twenty-...


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DhyAna Lakshana (sign of meditation) is mentioned very briefly in the following verse by Lord Shiva: yathA nimilane kAle prapancha naiva pasyati | Tathaiva unmilanehapi syAdetad dhyAnasya lakshanam || Just like the person, who has his eyes closed, can not see the outer world, in a similar manner, a person who is engrossed in meditation, can't ...


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Yes, as per Yoga and Tantras. One thing that matters is the "distance of our breaths". See, the following commentary by Sir John Woodroffe (also known as Arthur Avalon), which is taken from the introduction portion of the book "Mahanirvana Tantram - The Tantra of the Great Liberation", under the heading PRANAYAMA. From pranayama (q.v.) arises laghava (...


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It is referring to the Shat Karma of Yoga. This is referred to in the following verse from the same text: Karma shatkamidam ghopyam ghataśodhanakārakam Vichitraghunasandhāya pūjyate yoghipungavaih || These six kinds of actions which cleanse the body should be kept secret. They produce extraordinary attributes and are performed with earnestness ...


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Apart from various Tantra as mentioned in other answers, Garuda Purana, Chapter 15 also says that there are twenty-one thousand six hundred breaths in one day. 77-80. It is said by the wise that the subtle movements of the breath in one day and night number twenty-one thousand six hundred. It goes out with the sound of "ha," and enters again with the ...


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We find references to the Anuloma Viloma technique in the Kurma Purana. This page, which is a translation of the Yogic treatise Hatha Yoga Pradipika has quotes from Kurma Purana: I am going to describe the procedure of the practice of Yoga, in order that Yogis may succeed. A wise man should leave his bed in the Usa Kala (i.e., at the peep of dawn or ...


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According to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, various Siddhis can be achieved by making Samyama (संयम​) on subtle things or quantities. First of all let's clear what is called Samyama: (Quoting from Swami Vivekanada's Rajayoga: Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms : Chapter III - Powers) The combination of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi is called Samyama: त्रयमेकत्र संयमः ...


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Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. So Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, etc, are religions. Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Saakteism, etc, being in vogue ...


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Surya Namaskar is considered the ‘king’ of asana practice. It is a beautiful weave of the physical, emotional/psychological, spiritual aspects of our being. Surya Namaskar has various exercises for the whole body & it contain total 12 yoga through which we have exercise for out whole body but we can not say that surya namsakar has all benefits of all ...


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I have read about a saint who was able to be at two places at the same time in Paramhansa Yogananda's book "Autobiography of a Yogi". There is a chapter named as "The Saint with Two Bodies. But i don't know in particular how that can be achieved.


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There is no Bhakti for Formless reality. It is always Jnana that enables one to achieve formless Brahman. This is the definition of Bhakti in case of Nirguna-Upasana: Among things conducive to Liberation, devotion (Bhakti) holds the supreme place. The seeking after one’s real nature is designated as devotion. Vivekachudamani,32 (Adi Shankaracharya) Now, ...


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Gheranda Samhita is another text which describes Asanas and Mudras in details. Along with Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Shiva Samhita, it is one the 3 classic treatises on Yoga. The performance of Asanas is done in order to gain Dhrirata or firmness. So, Asanas, Mudras etc are practiced as part of a larger Yogic procedure. The 2nd Chapter of this ...


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Traveling on tigers basically refers to the fact that a wild animal like tiger has been tamed by the saint. Then, this is not uncommon for highly adept Yogis. Loknath Brahmachari also displayed this Siddhi. Ahimsha is one of the eight limbs of Yoga as known from various scriptures. And, a Yogi who has really established in himself, Ahimsha, is not harmed by ...


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Patanjali's Yoga is a Indian system of philosophy. The practical methods that Patanjali outlines in his Yoga Sutras is also known as Raja Yoga. But different Indian systems of philosophy define Yoga in different terms. Professor Chandradhar Sharma writes in his classical book A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy p 169 in latest edition, (p 157, older ...


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You would have seen people performing these kind of postures- In simple terms, this is Asana; more precisely Yogasana, since asana is part of Yoga (both asana and yogasana mean the same) Pathanjali's sutra for asana is- स्थिरसुखमासनम् स्थिर - steady सुखम् - comfortable आसनम् - asana Which means a posture which is steady as well as comfortable is an ...


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As explained by others as well, there are 6 visible holes in head(every head is image of Brahman/God/Sun) i.e. 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose and 1mouth and the 7th invisible opening for Satyaloka at top of head also called Brahmarandhra/Sahasrara chakra, which only enlightened Yogis can access and rupture at will. 7 being number of God(7 days in a week, 7 chakras ...


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Yes apart from Hatha Yoga Pradipika a text called The Yoga Yajnavalkya is describing these asanas. Yoga Yajnavalkya is a dialog between well known Rishi Yajnavalkya and Gargi a Brahmavadini. Chapter three of Yoga Yajnavalkya is describing list of eight asanas in detail with procedure. These Asanas are Svastikasana , Gomukhasana , Padmasana , ...


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Secret of unfailing Memory revealed by Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda attributed his phenomenal mental powers to a lifelong observance of brahmacharya. A few days ago, a new set of the Encyclopedia Britannica had been bought for the Math. Seeing the new shining volumes, the disciple said to Swamiji, “It is almost impossible to read all these ...


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Well, a guru is required to each person. A selfless guru, just like Swami Vivekanand's guru Ramkrushn Paramhans. But if one cannnot find such (just like in kali yug today). Yog is preferred. But a true Yog can be taught by the Guru. Even if that Guru is not available then Shastr (Books By Rishis with Sanskrit) are the only guru left. for your information, a ...


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It is not recommended that you meditate while lying down. One has to sit at least in an upright position. Quoting from the book "Meditation and its Practice" by Swami Rama. Suggestions for Making Sitting Positions More Comfortable: It is not recommended that you meditate while lying down. There are several reasons for this. One of the most important ...


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