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The Science of Pranayama

The Science of Pranayama

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Published by Swanand Raikar
Pranayama is an important limb in the Yoga of meditation. It is equally necessary for all in their daily life, for good health, success and prosperity in every walk of life. How it is so, is explained in these pages.
Pranayama is an important limb in the Yoga of meditation. It is equally necessary for all in their daily life, for good health, success and prosperity in every walk of life. How it is so, is explained in these pages.

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THE SCIENCE OF PRANAYAMA
 By
 
SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
Sri Swami SivanandaFounder of The Divine Life Society
 
SERVE, LOVE, GIVE,PURIFY, MEDITATE,REALIZESo SaysSri Swami Sivananda
 
A DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION
 
First Edition: 1935Sixteenth Edition: 1997(6,000 Copies)World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2000WWW site: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/ 
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
 
© The Divine Life Trust Society
 
ISBN 81-7052-022-3
Published By
 THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETYP.O. S
HIVANANDANAGAR
249 192Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh,Himalayas, India.
 
PUBLISHERS’ NOTE
Itisneedlessforustostressonthemeritsofthesubjectoritsauthor,SriSwamiSivanandajiMaharaj.SriSwamijialreadylivesintheheartsofthepeopleoftheworldasan‘unfailingsaviour’.TheSwamiji’smethodofpresentingsuchintricateYogicsubjectsinaninimitable,simplestylewithconvincingassurancesinuniqueandunrivalled.Itisauthoritative,themoreso,becauseof Swamijibeingacombinationofanexperiencedmedicalpractitioner,afull-blownYogiandaJivanmukta.ThepracticeofPranayamahasbeenviewedwithfearincertainquartersonaccountocertainlimitations,viz.,theabsolutenecessityofthenearnesstoaperfectedGuru,thedieteticrestrictionsandthelike.SriSwamijihasexplainedhereinincleartermsthevagariesofsuchfearsandhasprescribedverysimpleandsafemethods.Thebookcontainssuitablelessonsforalltypesof Sadhakas.Thosewhofollowthespecialinstructionsgiventowardstheendofthebookcanbesureof their guaranteed success and safety.Pranayamaisanimportant
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inAshtangaYoga.Itisequallynecessaryforallintheirdailylife,forgoodhealth,successandprosperityineverywalkoflife.Howitisso,isexplainedinthesepages.Thescienceofrelaxationisaveryvaluablegiftforthereadersandwouldbenefitall.Wearegreatlyencouragedbythewarmreceptionthepreviouseditionshadatthehandsof ourdearreadersandwehopemoreandmoreSadhakaswouldtakeupthisimportantaspectoSadhanaintheirdailyspiritualpractices,andfeelforthemselvesthehappinessandjoywhichwillnaturally lead them to blissful ‘Divine Life’.—THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION
Today,forquicktravel,thematerialworldpresentsustheRailway,Steamers,Aeroplanesandsoforth,buttheYoginsclaimthatbyYogicculturetheweightofthebodycanbesoreducedthatitcanflyoverthespacetoanydistanceinaninstant.Theycanprepareamagicointment,whichwhenappliedtothesolesofthefeet,givesthempowertotraverseanydistanceonearthwithinaveryshorttime.BythepracticeofKhechariMudra,byapplyingtheelongatedtonguetotheposteriornasalopeningstheycanflyintheair.Bykeepingamagicpillintheirmouththeycanalsomoveinspacetoanyplaceinthetwinklingofaneye.Whenweareanxioustoknowthewelfareof ourownrelationsinadistantorforeignland,wetakerecoursetowritingletterssendingordinaryorurgentcables.ButtheYoginsclaimthattheycan,bymeditation(Dyana),knowanythingthathappensinotherpartsoftheworldbyaprojectionofthemindorbymentallytravellingthedistancewhichisonlyamatteroffewseconds.YogiLahiri,whoseSamadhiisstillinVaranasi,travelledtoLondontoseethestateofhealthofhissuperiorswife.Forhearingafriendatalongdistancethematerialworldpresentsuswithtelephonesandwirelessreceivers,buttheYoginsclaimthatthroughtheirYogicpower,theycanhearanything,fromanydistance,eventhevoicesofGodandotherinvisiblebeingsinthefirmament.Todaywhenamanissufferingfromadiseasethematerialworldpresentsuswithdoctors,medicines,injectionsandsoforth,buttheYoginsclaimthatbya
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