Timeless Teachings on the Eightfold Path of Yoga
by Ruth Perini (Srimukti)
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The sage Shandilya, although well-versed in the four Vedas, asks Lord Atharvan (the seer of the Atharva Veda) by what means can he attain self-realisation. Atharvan describes in detail each limb of the eightfold path of yoga. He gives methods of purification of the nadis, necessary for the higher stages of concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). He then lists prerequisites for yoga practice. Pranayama is defined as AUM, and the practice of nadi shodhana pranayama – with emphasis on kumbhaka and the effects of the practice – is described in detail.
Teachings are then given on khechari and vaishnavi mudras, control of prana, awakening kundalini, agni mandala, samyama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. The necessity of both yoga and jñana for liberation is emphasised.
Note: Shandilya Upanishad is Volume 6 in the Yoga Upanishad series.
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