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« Reply #450 on: March 21, 2012, 12:42:18 AM »
Q: What does the Maharshi say about hatha yoga or tantric practices?

M: Maharshi does not criticize any of the existing methods. All are good for the purification of the mind, and it is only the purified mind that is capable of grasping this method and sticking to its practice.

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« Reply #451 on: March 23, 2012, 12:44:18 AM »
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Q: Which is the best of the different yogas?

M: Have a look at the tenth stanza of the Upadesa Saram. All yogas ultimately lead to vichara (Self-inquiry) and teach abidance in the Self.

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Q: Is yoga a good method of approach?

M: In the end there is only one approach to the goal, and that is through the realization of the Self, so why waste time on other roads, which at best only lead to the final path? Better to be on the final path itself all the time, than on an auxiliary route. Meditate on what the Self is, that is all. There is nothing else but to find the answer to that. See the Self in all; act
"automatically," so to speak, and let "It" do it and it always will. Do not look for results, do what is right and leave it.

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« Reply #452 on: March 23, 2012, 12:58:08 PM »
Dear prasanth,

All yogas are good. But one should ultimately come to self inquiry.  To remain where the ego sprouted first, is bhakti, yoga,
karma and jnana. (Upadesa Undiyar 10)

Wish you happy Ugadi.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #453 on: March 23, 2012, 05:25:44 PM »
Thanks a lot for your wishes sir.

Eat ugadi prasadam in the morning which resembles that life is a combination of sweet,soar,bitter,hot  :)

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« Reply #454 on: March 26, 2012, 10:00:43 AM »
Q: What "union" does yoga imply?

M: You are the seeker. Is the "something" with which union is sought apart from you? You are already aware of the Self. Seek it out and it will expand to infinity. Be that.

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« Reply #455 on: March 27, 2012, 06:22:25 AM »
Q: Yoga means union, but the union of what with which?

M: Exactly. Yoga implies prior division, and subsequent union of one thing with another. Who is to be united with whom? In yoga, you are the seeker, seeking union with something that is apart from you. But your Self is intimate to you and you are aware of it. Seek it and BE it. Then it will expand as Infinity and there will be no question of yoga etc. To whom is viyoga (separation)? Find it.

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« Reply #456 on: March 28, 2012, 10:02:33 AM »
Q: What is the Sun Path, ravi marga? What is the Moon Path? Which of them is easier?

M: The Sun Path is jnana (knowledge of Self), and the Moon Path is yoga. Yogis think that after purifying 12,000 nadis (channels through which energy flows) in the body, is entered and the mind passes up to the sahasrara chakra, where nectar flows. These are all mental concepts. The mind is already overwhelmed by the world of concepts. Better concepts are now added in the shape of this yoga. The purpose of all these is to rid one of concepts -- to make one remain as the pure Self, i.e. Absolute Consciousness, bereft of thoughts! Why not go straight to it? Why add new encumbrances to the ones that exist already?

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« Reply #457 on: March 29, 2012, 09:57:18 AM »
Q: What is pranayama?

M: Prana is equivalent to Self, soul, Atman etc, as it is the life current. Mind and prana originate from the same source. Pranayama is the control of the body, the senses and the intellect through the breath. Mind is thus controlled and gradually dies down with this practice. Eventually mind subsides and then an unconscious "blank" state is produced, a swoon or trance-like state. Although that is the natural state, a person who has not controlled the mind is dazed and merged in it. It is true that it is a state of great peace, but it is temporary, and when it ends the yogi wants to get it back and so begins breath control again. It is necessary for the yogi to go beyond pranayama and to gain direct control of the mind, and thus practice a permanent peace --sahaja samadhi -- not merely temporary samadhi.

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« Reply #458 on: March 29, 2012, 11:41:45 AM »
Dear prasanth,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan says in Who am I: Pranyama controls the mind., When one is doing pranayama, the mind is controlled, but when
that exercise is over, the mind jumps out, and roams around with vasanas. Pranayama, moorthi dhyana, mantra japa etc., would
only quell the mind temporarily but not ensure mano nasa. Sattvic food in moderate quantities would also assist only to control the
mind.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #459 on: March 29, 2012, 05:28:34 PM »
yes sir it is true.

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« Reply #460 on: March 30, 2012, 05:27:00 PM »
Q: What is pranayama? (cont'd)

M: The thing is to be able to bring the mind to peace, to make it still, and not allow it to wander. For that, pranayama (breath control) is prescribed, but pranayama is useful only in so far as it helps to attain mind-control. For those who seek mental peace this is enough, but there is also a highly detailed and complicated pranayama for those who seek siddhis.

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« Reply #461 on: March 30, 2012, 08:54:45 PM »
Dear Prashant,

One ought to learn the Bhastrika, Ujjayi and Nadi Shuddhi Pranayamas - these are very basic and extremely powerful in balancing the mind and body complexities.

If one can also learn Suryanamaskar along with the above pranayamas, it is best.

Salutations to Bhagavan
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #462 on: April 02, 2012, 02:14:45 AM »
Q : What is pranayama? (cont'd)

M: Pranayama (breath control) is for those who are not endowed with the strength to control the mind. For this purpose, keeping the company of sages is the surest way. Pranayama need not be exactly as described in hatha yoga. For one engaged in devotion or meditation, just a little control of the breath will suffice to control the mind.

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« Reply #463 on: April 03, 2012, 09:57:16 AM »
Q: What is pranayama? (cont'd)

M: The mind is the rider and the breath is the horse; pranayama (breath control) is a restraint on the horse, and so by that, the rider is also checked. It may be done just a little. Watching the breath is one way to do it. The mind will be distracted from other activities and focused on watching the breath, and so the breath will be controlled and in its turn the mind.

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« Reply #464 on: April 04, 2012, 10:08:59 AM »
Q: What is pranayama? (cont'd)

M: Do not worry if you are unable to do rechaka (exhalation) and puraka (inhalation), the breath may be retained for a short while during meditation, and that will bring good results. Regulation of the breath is gained by watching its movements. Similarly, if the mind is watched the thoughts will also cease. That is what the mind-quest really is.