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hatha yoga :::. a form of yoga involving difficult bodily postures and breathing techniques

HATHA YOGA. ::: Depends on this perception and experience that the vital forces and functions to which our life is normally subjected and whose ordinary operations seem set and indis- pensable, can be mastered and the operations changed or sus- pended with results that would otherwise be impossible.

Hatha Yoga::: Depends on this perception and experience that the vital forces and functions to which our life is normally subjected and whose ordinary operations seem set and indispensable, can be mastered and the operations changed or suspended with results that would otherwise be impossible.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 7

Hatha Yoga (Sanskrit) Haṭha-yoga A lower form of yoga practice which uses physical means for purposes of self-development, teaching that it is possible to attain to a certain grade of psychomental abstraction and to develop some of the lower vital-astral powers, by means of a set of physical exercises and postures, by the regulation of the breath, or by certain other psychophysical methods. These methods are to be neither recommended nor followed, for they are exceedingly dangerous except when practiced in minor degree under the supervision of a teacher, and above everything else in full coordination with the higher forms of yoga.

Hatha yoga practices can be exceedingly dangerous to sanity and health. Being of nonphysical nature on one side, they can adversely affect the mind, and in extreme cases even dislodge the mind from its normal and proper seat, producing insanity. Being of a physical nature also, they interfere with the proper pranic circulations in the body; the pranas when left alone are usually productive of health, and when disturbed by attempted meddling produce disease.

Hatha Yoga ::: A branch of yoga that emphasizes physical postures (asanas) and mastery over the physical body as the primary route to balancing the mind and spirit. This is the primary variant of Yoga encountered in the West.

hatha yoga :::. a form of yoga involving difficult bodily postures and breathing techniques

HATHA YOGA. ::: Depends on this perception and experience that the vital forces and functions to which our life is normally subjected and whose ordinary operations seem set and indis- pensable, can be mastered and the operations changed or sus- pended with results that would otherwise be impossible.


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1:(hatha yoga) it connotes in the West; it refers ~ Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa,
2:Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target. ~ B K S Iyengar,
3:All forms of yoga involve occult assumptions, even hatha yoga, which is often presented as a merely physical discipline. ~ Douglas Groothuis,
4:The care of the body, under the intelligent control of the mind, is an important branch of yogi philosophy, and is known as ‘Hatha Yoga,’ ” Ramacharaka writes. ~ Michelle Goldberg,
5:What's the benefit of hatha yoga? Physical. What do you need to do hatha yoga? Physical body. That's it. Breathing and spirit is a part of any sport. So that's why hatha yoga can be a sport. ~ Rajashree Choudhury,
6:People should be talking about "yoga asanas" as a competive sport. Because there are many forms of yoga. The most common two forms are hatha yoga and raja yoga. That's mostly what people understand. ~ Rajashree Choudhury,
7:Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. ~ Cyndi Lee,
8:A lot of people trash their subtle physical body with psychedelic drugs. While they do certainly give you experiences in altered levels of attention, you pay a price for it. They definitely screw up the subtle physical. Hatha Yoga can be good for that. ~ Frederick Lenz,
9:It takes courage and intelligence, you know, to do the stages of Yoga right, and to start with this Hatha Yoga… It’s just you and nothing but you, standing in one spot frozen like a statue with no place to go for help or excuse or scapegoat except inward. ~ Bikram Choudhury,
10:For ourselves, we cling to the principles of "Hatha Yoga," which teaches the doctrine of preserving health by right living and right thinking, and we regard all forms of healing as things made necessary only by Man's ignorance and disobedience of Natural laws. ~ William Walker Atkinson,
11:Like other animals, humans have the inherent ability to heal and find balance. We don’t need books, or teachers, or fancy diets. The answers we seek are encoded in our cells. While we have this innate ability to heal, purification is usually a prerequisite. That is why we do hatha yoga. ~ Darren Main,
12:Pike closed his eyes, and filled his lungs, then pushed with his diaphragm. He breathed deep again. Pranayamic breathing from the hatha yoga. Pike lost himself in a cool forest glade, dappled by sunlight filtered through lime green leaves. When he breathed, he smelled moss and sumac. His pulse slowed. He grew calm. He centered. Pike ~ Robert Crais,
13:Hatha yoga is a way of working with the body, a way of disciplining, purifying, and preparing it for higher levels of energy and for greater possibilities. Hatha yoga is not exercise. It is, instead, about understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere, and then using physical postures to channel or drive your energy in specific directions. This is the aim of the various asanas, or postures. That kind of posture that allows you to access your higher nature is a yogasana. It is the science of aligning your inner geometry with the cosmic geometry. ~ Sadhguru,
14:It has been said that the body is the temple of the spirit and the mind is the altar within that temple. When we practice hatha yoga we allow ourselves to come fully into the temple of the body—not simply as a tourist wishing to admire the fine architecture, but as a seeker on a pilgrimage of deep devotion and reverence.

Meditation is the devotional practice of placing on the altar of the mind that which is sacred, holy, and revered. Just as you would not place garbage on the altar of a great temple, meditation allows a yogi to place on the altar of her mind that which is noble, pure, and free from attachment. ~ Darren Main,
15:The adepts of certain forms of yoga affirm that most of the techniques appropriate to other ages are impracticable in the age in which we live, in which life is too short to bring them to fulfillment. The methods they propose as most suitable for the modem age can only be taught secretly, since they sometimes contradict religious and ethical concepts and taboos which are inherited from past times but whose value few individuals are mentally free to challenge.

[...] Yoga is often spoken of as though it were a system of exercises, physical culture for the mind and body. This is true to a certain extent in the preliminary stages connected with Hatha yoga. Although it is absolutely unnecessary to utilize this training to attain the highest forms of realization, it is such a great aid, such a useful preparation, that there seems no advantage to be had in neglecting it. ~ Alain Dani lou,
16:Sadhana Sit in any comfortable posture, with your spine erect, and if necessary, supported. Remain still. Allow your attention to slowly grow still as well. Do this for five to seven minutes a day. You will notice that your breath will slow down. What is the significance of slowing down the human breath? Is it just some respiratory yogic acrobatics? No, it is not. A human being breathes twelve to fifteen times per minute, normally. If your breath settles down to twelve, you will know the ways of the earth’s atmosphere (i.e., you will become meteorologically sensitive). If it reduces to nine, you will know the language of the other creatures on this planet. If it reduces to six, you will know the very language of the earth. If it reduces to three, you will know the language of the source of creation. This is not about increasing your aerobic capacity. Nor is it about forcefully depriving yourself of breath. A combination of hatha yoga and an advanced yogic practice called the kriya, will gradually increase your lung capacity, but above all, will help you achieve a certain alignment, a certain ease, so that your system evolves to a state of stability where there is no static, no crackle; it just perceives everything. ~ Sadhguru,
17:p.cm. Includes indexes.ISBN-13: 978-0-7360-6278-7 (soft cover) ISBN-10: 0-7360-6278-5 (soft cover) 1. Hatha yoga.2. Human anatomy.I.Title.RA781.7. K356 2007 613.7’046--dc22 2007010050 ISBN-10: 0-7360-6278-5 (print) ISBN-13: 978-0-7360-6278-7 (print) ISBN-10: 0-7360-8218-2 (Adobe PDF) ISBN-13: 978-0-7360-8218-1 (Adobe PDF) Copyright © 2007 by The Breathe Trust All rights reserved. Except for use in a review, the reproduction or utilization of this work in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including xerography, photocopying, and recording, and in any information storage and retrieval system, is forbidden without the written permission of the publisher. Acquisitions Editor: Martin Barnard Developmental Editor: Leigh Keylock Assistant Editor: Christine Horger Copyeditor: Patsy Fortney Proofreader: Kathy Bennett Graphic Designer: Fred Starbird Graphic Artist: Tara Welsch Original Cover Designer: Lydia Mann Cover Revisions: Keith Blomberg Art Manager: Kelly Hendren Project Photographer: Lydia Mann Illustrator (cover and interior): Sharon Ellis Printer: United Graphics Human Kinetics books are available at special discounts for bulk purchase. Special editions or book excerpts ~ Anonymous,
18:12 Many uninformed persons speak of yoga as Hatha Yoga or consider yoga to be “magic,” dark mysterious rites for attaining spectacular powers. When scholars, however, speak of yoga they mean the system expounded in Yoga Sutras (also known as Patanjali’s Aphorisms): Raja (“royal”) Yoga. The treatise embodies philosophic concepts of such grandeur as to have inspired commentaries by some of India’s greatest thinkers, including the illumined master Sadasivendra. Like the other five orthodox (Vedas-based) philosophical systems, Yoga Sutras considers the “magic” of moral purity (the “ten commandments” of yama and niyama) to be the indispensable preliminary for sound philosophical investigation. This personal demand, not insisted on in the West, has bestowed lasting vitality on the six Indian disciplines. The cosmic order (rita) that upholds the universe is not different from the moral order that rules man’s destiny. He who is unwilling to observe the universal moral precepts is not seriously determined to pursue truth. Section III of Yoga Sutras mentions various yogic miraculous powers (vibhutis and siddhis). True knowledge is always power. The path of yoga is divided into four stages, each with its vibhuti expression. Achieving a certain power, the yogi knows that he has successfully passed the tests of one of the four stages. Emergence of the characteristic powers is evidence of the scientific structure of the yoga system, wherein delusive imaginations about one’s “spiritual progress” are banished; proof is required! Patanjali warns the devotee that unity with Spirit should be the sole goal, not the possession of vibhutis — the merely incidental flowers along the sacred path. May the Eternal Giver be sought, not His phenomenal gifts! God does not reveal Himself to a seeker who is satisfied with any lesser attainment. The striving yogi is therefore careful not to exercise his phenomenal powers, lest they arouse false pride and distract him from entering the ultimate state of Kaivalya. When the yogi has reached his Infinite Goal, he exercises the vibhutis, or refrains from exercising them, just as he pleases. All his actions, miraculous or otherwise, are then performed without karmic involvement. The iron filings of karma are attracted only where a magnet of the personal ego still exists. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,

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   4 Integral Yoga
   2 Yoga
   1 Occultism


   4 Satprem
   2 The Mother
   2 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   2 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   2 Sri Aurobindo


   6 Talks
   4 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   2 The Mothers Agenda
   2 Amrita Gita


1.01_-_Hatha_Yoga, #Amrita Gita, #Swami Sivananda Saraswati, #Hinduism
  object:1.01 - Hatha Yoga
  class:chapter
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  Adhyaya I
  Hatha Yoga
  
  --
  
  2. Hatha Yoga concerns with the body and the Prana. It helps to control the body and the Prana, through Asanas and Pranayama.
  
  3. Hatha Yoga itself is not the goal. Meditation helps you to attain Samadhi or Superconscious State.
  
  4. The practice of Hatha Yoga awakens the Kundalini Sakti that lies dormant in the Muladhara Chakra.
  
  --
  
  14. Be moderate in eating and sleeping. Then alone can you have success in Hatha Yoga.
  
  --
  
  20. Dhauti (cleansing of stomach with a piece of cloth), Basti (drawing up of water through anus), Neti (cleansing of nostrils with the help of a thread), Nauli (manipulation of the abdominal muscles), Trataka (gazing on an object), Kapalabhati (a kind of Pranayama)are the Shad Kriyas of Hatha Yoga.
  
  --
  31. Practise Yoga-Mudra daily. This is a good exercise for the abdominal organs.
  THUS ENDS Hatha Yoga
  

1.02_-_The_Eternal_Law, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  in time, to propel us into another state. This work of concentration can be done at any level of our being physical, vital, or mental.
  Depending on the level we choose, we undertake one kind of yoga or another: Hatha Yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, and many others,
  countless others, like so many stages of our effort. We won't discuss here the great value of these methods, or the remarkable intermediate results they can lead to; we will examine only their goal, their final destination. The truth is, this "poise above" seems to have no relation with real life whatsoever; first, because all these disciplines are extremely demanding, requiring hours and hours of work every day, if not complete solitude; secondly, because their ultimate result is a state of trance or yogic ecstasy, samadhi, perfect equilibrium, ineffable bliss, in which one's awareness of the world is dissolved, annihilated.

1.04_-_The_Silent_Mind, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  upon the fundamental difference between Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga (purna yoga) and the other yogas. If one has practiced other methods of yoga before Sri Aurobindo's, one experiences an ascending Force (called kundalini in India), which awakens rather brutally at the base of the spine and rises from level to level until it reaches the top of the head, where it blossoms into a sort of luminous and radiating pulsation, bringing a sensation of immensity (and often a loss of consciousness called ecstasy), as if one had forever emerged Elsewhere. All yogic methods, which might be called thermogenetic
  the asanas of Hatha Yoga, the concentrations of raja yoga, the breathing exercises of pranayama, etc. aim at arousing that ascending Force; they can be dangerous and cause profound perturbations, which make the presence and protection of an enlightened Master indispensable. We will return to this later. The difference in the direction of the current, ascending vs. descending,
  has to do with a difference in goals which cannot be overemphasized.

1.05_-_Adam_Kadmon, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  
  Hatha Yoga
  

1.06_-_Raja_Yoga, #Amrita Gita, #Swami Sivananda Saraswati, #Hinduism
  
  2. Where Hatha Yoga ends, there Raja Yoga begins.
  

1.08_-_Independence_from_the_Physical, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Through the very process of our evolution, the consciousness,
  submerged in Matter, has grown accustomed to depending upon outer organs and antennas to perceive the world; and since we have seen the antennas appear before the master of the antennas, we have childishly concluded that the antennas have created the master, and that without antennas there is no master, no perception of the world. But this is an illusion. Our dependence upon the senses is merely a habit true, a millenary one, but no more inescapable than the flintstone implements of the Chellean man: It is possible for the mind and it would be natural for it, if it could be persuaded to liberate itself from its consent to the domination of matter, to take direct cognizance of the objects of sense without the aid of the sense-organs.91 We can see and feel across continents as if distances did not exist, because distance is an obstacle only to the body and its organs, not to consciousness, which can reach anywhere it wishes in a second, provided it has learned to expand itself; there is another, lighter space where all is together in a flash point. Here we might expect to receive some "recipe" for clairvoyance or ubiquity, but recipes are just another kind of machinery, which is why we are so fond of them. True, Hatha Yoga can be effective, as can many other kinds of yogic exercises, such as concentrating on a lighted candle (tratak), evolving infallible diets,
  doing breathing exercises and choking scientifically (pranayama).

1.17_-_The_Transformation, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  There was no communal life either, only the inner connection.
  Some disciples kept the habit, from the days when the Mother used to talk to the Ashram children, of assembling twice a week for a collective meditation. But it was especially for sports that the disciples would get together. (There was a common dining room, too, although many chose to eat at home with their families, or alone.) There were all kinds of sports, from the traditional Hatha Yoga to tennis to boxing,
  and almost every disciple devoted an hour or two each day to sports.

1.200-1.224_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Talk 202.
  A sad-looking Punjabi gentleman announced himself to Maharshi as having been directed to him by Sri Sankaracharya of Kamakotipeetam, from Jalesvar near Puri, Jagannath. He is a world tourist. He has practised Hatha Yoga and some contemplation along the lines of I am
  Brahman. In a few moments a blank prevails, his brain gets heated and he gets afraid of death. He wants guidance from Maharshi.

1.240_-_Talks_2, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  M.: Pranayama is meant for one who cannot directly control the thoughts. It serves as a brake to a car. But one should not stop with it, as I said before, but must proceed to pratyahara, dharana and dhyana. After the fruition of dhyana, the mind will come under control even in the absence of pranayama.
  The asanas (postures) help pranayama, which helps dhyana in its turn, and peace of mind results. Here is the purpose of Hatha Yoga.
  Later Sri Bhagavan continued:

1.300_-_1.400_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  
  The asanas (postures) help pranayama, which helps dhyana in its turn, and peace of mind results. Here is the purpose of Hatha Yoga.
  

1.439, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  
  M.: It is according to ones samskaras (predispositions). One man will practise Hatha Yoga for curing his bodily ills; another man will trust to God to cure them; a third man will use his will-power for it and a fourth man may be totally indifferent to them. But all of them will persist in meditation. The quest for the Self is the essential factor and all the rest are mere accessories.
  A man may have mastered the Vedanta philosophy and yet remain unable to control his thoughts. He may have a predisposition
  (purva samskara) which takes him to practise Hatha Yoga. He will believe that the mind can be controlled only by yoga and so he will practise it.
  D.: What is most suitable for gaining facilities for steady dhyana?
  M.: It depends on ones samskara. One may find Hatha Yoga suitable and another man nama japa, and so on. The essential point is the atma-vichara - enquiry into the Self.
  D.: Is it enough if I spend some time in the mornings and some time in the evenings for this atma-vichara? Or should I do it always
  --
  Reality and consists of true bliss (nijananda).
  D.: Is not Hatha Yoga necessary for the inquiry into the Self?
  M.: Each one finds some one method suitable to himself, because of
  latent tendencies (purva samskara).
  D.: Can Hatha Yoga be accomplished at my age?
  M.: Why do you think of all that? Because you think it exterior to
  --
  Why do you leave yourself and go after something external?
  D.: It is said in Aparoksha-anubhuti that Hatha Yoga is a necessary
  aid for inquiry into the Self.
  --
  itself a picture on the screen, the Self?
  D.: But Hatha Yoga is so much spoken of as an aid.
  M.: Yes. Even great pandits well versed in the Vedanta continue the

1.49_-_Thelemic_Morality, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  In practice, we most of us do act upon Nephesch a great deal. All learning, training, discipline, tend to modify our physiological reactions in a thousand minor manners. A complete branch of Yoga, Hatha Yoga, is occupied with nothing else. And you can have your face "lifted." Apart from this, we nearly all of us attend to matters like our waistline, our hours of sleep, our digestion, or our muscular development. Some men have even taught themselves to reduce the pulse-beat both in rate and in volume: so much so that they have sometimes been credited with the power to stop the heart altogether at will. (Wasn't it Colonel Somebody not Blimp who used to show off to his friends, after dinner? Did it once too often, in any case!)
  

1.550_-_1.600_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
  M.: It is according to one's samskaras (predispositions). One man will practise Hatha Yoga for curing his bodily ills; another man will trust to God to cure them; a third man will use his will-power for it and a fourth man may be totally indifferent to them. But all of them will persist in meditation. The quest for the Self is the essential factor and all the rest are mere accessories.
  
  A man may have mastered the Vedanta philosophy and yet remain unable to control his thoughts. He may have a predisposition
  (purva samskara) which takes him to practise Hatha Yoga. He will believe that the mind can be controlled only by yoga and so he will practise it.
  
  D.: What is most suitable for gaining facilities for steady dhyana?
  M.: It depends on one's samskara. One may find Hatha Yoga suitable and another man nama japa, and so on. The essential point is the atma-vichara - enquiry into the Self.
  

Agenda_Vol_2, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  of one of these curves, something is suddenly found. For example, at the beginning of The Yoga of
  Self-Perfection, Sri Aurobindo reviews other yogas, beginning with Hatha Yoga. I had just translated
  this when I remembered Sri Aurobindo saying that Hatha Yoga was very effective but that it amounted
  to spending your whole life training your body, which is an enormous time and effort spent on

Agenda_Vol_3, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  accomplished yogi, after all, only an apprentice yogi. It would have been entirely different, for
  instance, and far more serious, for someone who had practiced Hatha Yoga. But I mean to say that N.S.
  was here beside me, fully conscious, and could have moved on to another mode of manifestation

BOOK_I._--_PART_I._COSMIC_EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  But the lecturer seems quite unaware that this kind of torture and self-maceration is precisely the
  lower form of Yoga, Hatha Yoga, which was "little known" and yet so "common" in Gautama's time.
  ** It is even argued that all the Six Darsanas (Schools of philosophy) show traces of Buddha's

Evening_Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo, #Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  1. Physico-vital processes depending on Pranayama and Asanas taken from Hatha Yoga.
  
  --
  
  Sri Aurobindo: Yes. If you know Hatha Yoga you can keep the body safe against disease. You can also reduce the slow process of ageing by supplying the vital force. The difficulty is you cant be always in Samadhi.
  
  --
  
  Sri Aurobindo: No. I had no knowledge. I did not know what God was. It was two years before I met Lele that I began yoga seriously. Deshpande at that time was doing Hatha Yoga, Asanas and other practices and as he had a great proselytising tendency he wanted to convert me to his view. But I thought that a yoga which requires me to give up the world was not for me. I had to liberate my country. I took it up seriously when I learnt that the same Tapasya which one does to get away from the world can be turned to action learnt that yoga gives power and I thought: why should I not get power and use it to liberate my country
  
  --
  
  Sri Aurobindo: What the Hatha Yogi can achieve is that he gets the perfect control of the vital forces working in the body and he also controls the physical functions. This also produces some indirect influence in the mind. But I do not think that by Hatha Yoga pure and simple you can realise God.
  
  Disciple: I know a Hatha Yogi who has done all the kriys movements and postures and he said that even though he knew everything of Hatha Yoga he had not seen God. He even said to me; I dont believe there is any God because I could not succeed in seeing him even after so much trouble.
  
  --
  
  Disciple: But what is the idea of Hatha Yoga?
  
  --
  
  Sri Aurobindo was not disposed to talk this evening. A Disciple put a question about immunity from physical diseases by Hatha Yoga.
  
  Sri Aurobindo: In Hatha Yoga you are all right so long as you continue the practice. As soon as you leave it off you are liable to attacks.
  
  --
  
  Sri Aurobindo: These things may be steps to the Divine; for example Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.
  

Liber_111_-_The_Book_of_Wisdom_-_LIBER_ALEPH_VEL_CXI, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   perfect thy Dragon, thou hast Bhakta Yoga for the Eagle therein, and
   Hatha Yoga for the Serpent. Yet mark thou well how all these interfuse,
   so that thou mayst accomplish no one of the Works separately. As to

Maps_of_Meaning_text, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  material) world of chaos, with branches reaching to the sky (to heaven, to the realm of the ancestral
  spirits). According to the adepts of Hatha Yoga:
  ...the feet, firmly placed on the ground, correspond to the roots of the tree, its foundation and source of

Talks_026-050, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
    M.: Why should you think I am this? Investigate and the thoughts cease. What is, namely the Self, will be revealed as the inescapable residue.
    D.: Is Hatha Yoga necessary?
    M.: It is one of the aids - not that it is always necessary. It depends upon the person. Vichara surpasses pranayama. In Yoga Vasishta
    Chudala advises investigation (vichara) to Sikhidvaja for killing the ego.
    Reality can be reached by holding on to prana or intellect. Hatha Yoga is the former; Vichara is the latter.
    D.: Is there any individuality for the Jnani after Realization?

Talks_176-200, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  SILENCE is the best language.
  D.: What does Maharshi say about Hatha Yoga or Tantric practices?
  M.: Maharshi does not criticise any of the existing methods. All are good for the purification of the mind. Because the purified mind alone is capable of grasping his method and sticking to its practice.
  --
  (3) Concentrating upon one thought make all other thoughts disappear. Finally that thought also disappears; and
  (4) Hatha Yoga.
  All methods are one and the same inasmuch as they all tend to the same goal.

Talks_600-652, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  D.: Is not Hatha Yoga necessary for the inquiry into the Self?
  M.: Each one finds some one method suitable to himself, because of latent tendencies (purva samskara).
  
  D.: Can Hatha Yoga be accomplished at my age?
  M.: Why do you think of all that? Because you think it exterior to yourself you desire it and try for it. But do you not exist all along?
  Why do you leave yourself and go after something external?
  D.: It is said in Aparoksha-anubhuti that Hatha Yoga is a necessary aid for inquiry into the Self.
  
  --
  Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi be perfect before the painting is begun. Yes, but which is the screen and which the painting? According to them the body is the screen and the inquiry into the Self is the painting. But is not the body itself a picture on the screen, the Self?
  D.: But Hatha Yoga is so much spoken of as an aid.
  

Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo_1, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  used to hold classes and give lectures and readings in Yoga.
  NIRODBARAN: Perhaps all this can be done with Hatha Yoga?
  SRI AUROBINDO: Even that would be only the outer part.

The_Act_of_Creation_text, #The Act of Creation, #Arthur Koestler, #Psychology
  
  The aim of certain mystic practices such as Hatha Yoga is to
  permeate the self with awareness of itself by gaining voluntary control

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