The spine (Meru Parvata) is very important for any Yogi. The Meru is a metaphor for the spine. It is called the axis of the world for a very specific reason. In Vedic terminology, the physical body is very much equivalent to the Earth. This is because whatever the body acquires (food) is from the earth. So it is a part and parcel of the earth itself. And ...
In the middle stage of Yogic practice (a stage which is known as the Ghata Avastha), an adept Yogi obtains various Siddhis (perfections). Among which floating in the air and becoming invisible are there.
Quoting from Shiva Samhita:
When the Yogi, though remaining in Padmasana, can rise in the air and leave the ground, then know that he has gained Vayu-...
In any spiritual practice the Sadhana (the effort) and the Siddhis (the fruits of that effort) are better to be kept secret. This is the very basic of any spiritual Sadhana. Same is the case with Yoga.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 1, Verse 11 says:
Hathavidya param gopya yogina siddhim-ichchata | Bhaved-viryavati
gupta nirvirya tu prakashita ||
Hatha yoga ...
Not only the faith in Ishwara but also an attitude of surrendering the self to the Ishwara (or devotion to Ishwara) is very important to succeed in the path of Yoga because there are several obstacles in this path which will vanish by meditation on Om.
Following are some qualities required to march in this path: (Refer the first chapter of Yoga sutras)
The difference between karma yoga and bhakti yoga is that in karma yoga is not recommended for this yuga.
Karma yoga involves activities which are performed in the consciousness of Sri Krishna and all fruits are dedicated to him.
Krishna says in Bhagvat Gita 3.9
yajñārthāt karmaṇo 'nyatra
loko 'yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya
You have asked 2 questions.
The first question is what will a person realize without knowledge of Hindu metaphysics.
This is an excellent question. To answer this we have to know that there are essentially three different types of meditation: meditation on eternal subject, meditation on eternal object and finally meditation on neither.
The source of eternal ...
- Lord Shiva:
In Atharvaveda Parishista 36.9.3 we can find a mantra which addresses Lord Shiva as Yogeshwara:
.... विश्वेश्वर योगेश्वर महेश्वर नमस्तेऽस्तु...
...Salutations to Vishweswara, Yogeshwara, Maheswara...
From the above mantra, it is clear that Lord Shiva is addressed as Yogeshwara.
- Lord Krishna:
In Mahabharata (Bhagvad Gita 18.78), Sanjaya ...
The Devi Bhgavatam's 7th book's 35th chapter talks about these details of Yoga and Mantra Siddhi. Yoga is known to have eight limbs namely: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Yama includes non-injury, non-stealing, continence, compassion etc. Niyama includes Tapasya, Santosha (contentment), Astikya etc. Asanas are the ...
The entire Sarvollāsatantram 15th Ullahasa is dedicated to yoga.
According to KaliKaKulSrvaVe:
धारणा-समाधि--योगाद्गाष्टानि पार्वति ॥ ५ ॥
Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana and Samadhi is itself the "AstaAnga yog". (8 fold yoga to be precise). From the same text we find the 'yama' &...
This is answered by Bhishma to Yudhishthira in theShanti Parva of the Mahabharata
Yudhishthira said: O sire, what the difference is between the Sankhya
and the Yoga system of philosophy. O foremost one of Kuru's race,
everything is known to thee, O thou that art conversant with all
Bhishma said: The followers of Sankhya praise the Sankhya system and
Since the question is too broad to cover in detail, we will sort of summarize.
What are various uses of mantra?....
"मननात् त्रायेत यस्मत्तस्मान्मन्त्रः प्रकीर्त्तित:"
-Shardatilak Tantra (preface)
From 'm-kara' the 'Mana' from 'tra-kara' the 'rakshan' or protection, which means the thoughts which help us complete (siddhi) the work (karya) are ...
As you may already know, in Hinduism Dharma is represented as a Bull having four feet. In Krita Yuga, the Bull has its four legs intact. So, Dharma is fully functional in that age. In Treta the Bull has 3 legs, in Dwapara 2 and finally in Kali Yuga the Dharma-Bull is standing on just one leg. In other words the Bull barely can stand and Dharma falls apart in ...
Both Kuņdalini and Ātman are small words for a large world!
The Awakning of kuņdalini from a Dormant state into the form of conscious power and the consequent transmutation of Jīva into śiva, followed by their Joyous unification in the self Delight of Brahma, are duly recognized in Tantras.
(Foreword Sarvollāsatantram by M.M.Gopinath)
Immediately, the ...
It's not strictly accurate to call these virtues - they are limbs of the eightfold yoga path, called aṣṭāṅga-yoga. Aṣṭāṅga-yoga is described in the Bhagavad-gītā along with other yoga paths, and is also described in the Yoga Sūtra of Pātāñjali.
Taking the Sanskrit terms at face value, a simple definition of these aṅgas or limbs as described in Bhagavad-gītā ...
I will answer the question from a different perspective, Although It does not answer the question completely, the OP has written:
"Is it possible for someone to understand God by just following Patanjali's yoga sutras while not actively trying to believe in them?"
Someone will talk about yoga sutras, but the part of 'Believing' has got a prime ...
Brahmajnana is the same as atmajnana according to Advaita Vedanta and leads to moksha.
The Vedanta system of philosophy posits Brahman as the origin of the
entire universe including the inanimate nature and the living beings.
The universe evolves out of it, it is sustained in it and involves
back to it. Its essential nature is 'sat-cit-ananda',
Logic / Reason / Science not sufficient to realize God
In many of his speeches, Swami Vivekananda states that logic is insufficient in achieving Moksha or realizing God. His premise is that logic is made assuming set if facts. This set is very limited given that only so much can be known by observing external world. Although from time to time new facts ...
Hindu shastra talks primarily of four Yogas.
Four Paths to Moksha
Some perceive me through meditation, others through the path of
spiritual knowledge; others through the path of devotion and still
others through the path of action.
Kurma Purana II.4.24
The path through meditation is Raja Yoga and described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.
The path of spiritual ...
Maybe it will be a partial Answer, Brahma Gaayn, Atma Gaayn and Moksha are three distict things. Both Gaayn are neccessary or occur as one transits towards Moksha. (Also see Which Āstika schools mention the different types of Muktis? and What is "Moksha" in Hinduism?)
From the Gaayn-Sankuli Tantra:
ॐकारादक्षरात् सर्वात्वेता विद्याश्चर्तुदश ।
Meditation in English is a loose word - it can mean so many things including Dharana, Dhyana or Samadhi. Meditation is not an act (initially one starts it as an act) but is actually is a state of existence (where you are completely aware and harmonious).
Let's examine each of these in simple terms:
Dharana: The ability to focus on one thing for elongated ...
My human Guru, Swami Swahananda, has written a book on Mantra. You might find the book, 'Meditation and Other Spiritual Disciplines' useful.
I am posting below an excerpt of the book.
Swami Swahananda in his book writes:
Among the Vedic sacred formulas, the Gayatri has been prescribed for
repetition from ancient times. The Vedic people had great faith in ...
That the Yugas are primarily dependent on the character and outlook of an individual is made clear in Vedic texts such as Aitareya Brahmana. As society and the nation is made up of individuals, the whole society and nation will move into Krita Yuga or Kali Yuga depending on whether individuals are themselves in the mentality of Krita Yuga or Kali Yuga.
The answer depends on the purpose. Since it is mentioned "Yoga" I assume the end goal is "Union" - with the Self. Short answer therefore is Yes.
To achieve a union with the inner Self, the mind has to be transcended. To transcend the mind, one should have attained Asana Siddhi (the ability to remain in a posture for more than 3 hours ...
It depends. There are 10 Shiva Agamas which support the above view, of Shiva only being the efficient cause. The 18 Rudrabheda Agamas are non dualistic cum dualistic. The Veerashaiva sect again follows a Philosophy similar to the Vedantic Vishistadvaita. The Kashmiri Shaiva school bases themselves on the 64 Bhairava Agamas which are Non dualistic, believing ...