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Ramana Maharshi Views About Hatha Yoga
« on: June 19, 2010, 10:46:41 AM »
B.: The hatha yogis claim to keep the body fit so that the enquiry may be effected without obstacles. They also say that life must be prolonged so that the enquiry may be carried to a successful end. Furthermore there are those who use various drugs
(kayakalpa) to that end.

Their favourite example is that the canvas must be perfect before the painting is begun. Yes, but which is the canvas and which the painting?

According to them the body is the canvas and the inquiry into the Self the painting. But isn’t the body itself a picture on the canvas of the Self?

D.: But hatha yoga is much spoken of as an aid.

B.: Yes. Even great pandits well-versed in Vedanta continue the practice of it. Otherwise their minds will not subside. So you may say it is useful for those who cannot otherwise still the mind.

Source: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words Edited By ARTHUR OSBORNE


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Re: Ramana Maharshi Views About Hatha Yoga
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 10:33:03 AM »

Dear prasanth,

The Raja Yoga is an aid to self enquiry.  Swami Suddhananda Bharati
(who wrote Tamil biography Sri Ramana Vijayam), Sri Kavyakanta
Ganapati Muni and Yogi Ramaiah were all following the raja yoga
marga also for self enquiry and the Atma bodha sadhana.  But
Raja Yoga is by itself not an end.  Guhai Namasivaya and Saint
Tirumoolar were also great yogis.  Guhai Namasivaya is said to have lived for 200 years and Saint Tirumoolar, for 3000 years.  Sri Arunchala Pancharatnam, Verse 4 also refers to Yoga marga:

The Yogi who, leaving outward objects
And restraining mind and breath,
Holds You deep within the Heart,
Sees, bright Aruna Lord, in You
The Light and rises to great heights.

Arunachala Siva.