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The Science of Pranayama

The Science of Pranayama

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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
 
If you would like to purchasethe print edition, please go to:http://www.dlshq.org/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?keywords=es139 If you would like to contribute tothe dissemination of spiritual knowledge pleasecontact the General Secretary at:generalsecretary@sivanandaonline.org 
First Edition: 1935Sixteenth Edition: 1997(6,000 Copies)World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2000WWW site: http://www.dlshq.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
Anga
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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