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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on June 17, 2009, 01:10:50 PM

Title: Hatha Yoga and Self enquiry - 2
Post by: Subramanian.R on June 17, 2009, 01:10:50 PM
Question:  What are asanas [postures or seats]?  Are they

Bhagavan: Many asanas with their effects are mentioned in
the yoga sastras.  The seats are the tiger-skin, deer-skin,
grass etc., The postures are the lotus posture, the easy
posture and so on.  Why all these only to known oneself?
The truth is that from the Self the ego rises up, confuses
itself with the body, mistakes the world to be real, and then,
covered with egotistic conceit, it thinks wildly and looks for
asanas [seats].  Such a person does not understand  that
he himself is the centre of all and thus forms the basis for all.
The asanas [seat] is meant to make him sit firm.  Where and
how he can remain firm except in his own real state?  This
is the real asana.

                                               - Talks, Munagala Venkatramaiah.

Bhagavan: Attaining the steadiness of not swerving from
the knowledge that the base [asana] upon which the whole
universe rests is only the Self, which is the Space of true
knowledge, the illustrious ground, alone is the firm and motionless posture [asana] for excellent Samadhi.
                                            - Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 690.

Question:  In what asana is Bhagavan usually seated?

Bhagavan:  In what asana?  In the asana of the Heart.
Wherever it is pleasant, there is my asana.  this is called
Sukasana, the asana of happiness.  That asana of the Heart
is peaceful, and gives happiness.  There is no need for any
other asana for those who are seated in that one.

                                                 - Suri Nagamma, Letters.

Arunachala Siva.