Hatha Yoga Pradipika: The Classic Text of Yoga by Swama Svatamarama, Hans-Ulrich Rieker

By Swama Svatamarama, Hans-Ulrich Rieker

Written within the sixteenth century by way of Swama Svatamarama, this booklet is worried with the actual postures and respiring workouts of hatha yoga. It additionally presents particular information regarding the Kundalini, the divine strength or power that is woke up during the perform of yoga.

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Rice, milk, fats, rock candy, honey, dried ginger, cucumbers, vegetables, and fresh water. (63) The yogi should eat nourishing, sweet foods mixed with milk. They should benefit the senses and stimulate the functions. (64) Anyone who actively practices yoga, be he young, old, or even very old, sickly or weak, can become a siddha. (65) Anyone who practices can acquire siddhis, but not he who is lazy. Yoga siddhil are not obtained by merely reading textbooks. (66) Nor are they reached by wearing yoga garments or by conversation about yoga, but only through tireless practice.

From the point of view of yoga, all phenomena related to hypnosis are completely useless if not downright dangerous. The premature experimenter invariably draws the wrong conclusions from his experiences. The real meditative states arecognitive, clear consciousness. There are no surprise manifestations. This practice (tratakam) is salutary if done with proper care. It is poison if forced too fast. (33-34) With head bent forward slowly rotate the innards [intestines and stomach], like a whirlpool in a river, toward the right and toward the left.

66) Nor are they reached by wearing yoga garments or by conversation about yoga, but only through tireless practice. This is the secret of success. There is no doubt about it. HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA 31 32 HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA (67) The various asanas, kumbhakas, and mudras of hatha yoga should be practiced as long as raja yoga has not been attained. And when will that have been attained? When human existence no longer holds any problems. PART TWO THE RIVER OF LIFE CHAPTER 5 THE PURIFICATION OF THE NADIS after the broad outline of the evolution of the whole organism through asanas given in Part One, we come to the vata element in all its aspects.

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