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Recently I came across the viewpoint:“ “You must ensure that yoga doesn’t become egotistical, you must also think of world peace”. It made me think of when you do something for yourself, and when do you do something for others? And how does this relate to peace on earth?“ I remember one summer evening in Sweden, at Håå Course Center. The participants of a new course had just arrived. We sat in the yoga room and everybody presented themselves. I had spent many summers at the course center, as I was responsible for the ecological farming, and I recognised a middle aged man from Norway. He had regularly attended courses for the last few years, and when it came to his turn for presenting himself, he related cheerfully: “Actually, I couldn’t afford to come on a course this year, but when I told my friends, they were alarmed. They began to collect money for me, so that I could come after all”. approaches of resolving conflicts, which was recently drawn up by the Conflict Resolution Network in Sydney, Australia, with a grant from the UN. It states that: “For things to change, I must change”. That things are related and are part of a whole, is also expressed in WHO’s new definition of health, which states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. As regard to world peace, it is commendable to work in different ways to create tolerance and peace between people and nations. In my experience with yoga, I can see that tranquillity and well-being also comes from within naturally, and spreads as good humour and inspiration. If I am in harmony with my self, it is easier to be the same with the surroundings, and I wonder - isn’t it here that world peace starts. Mira q
Those of us who knew him laughed. He was usually a little hotheaded when he arrived, and discernibly more calm and well-balanced when he went home two weeks later. Obviously his family and friends agreed that this way they also benefited a great deal from the course.“ In another instance, I taught at the school in Copenhagen, and after a class, a woman came up to me and said: “My daughter appreciates that I do yoga. - She says that I no longer scold her as much”.“ This girl’s experience with her mother is in concord with one of the
” Rikke and Dennis recount what a stay in Håå has meant for their daily life. Silver Jubilee Contents Harmony between the experiencer and the experienced 10 An article by Swami Janakananda about the Tantric meditation Antar Mauna (Inner Silence) . Overview of the courses in 199697.. Following intestinal tract is rinsed with warm salt water. Swami Janakananda. 25 25 26 The Yoga shop Neti pots. or altogether failing to take off. 3 . With Bindu. 22 Yoga. this.a classical meditation pose Why is this pose the most important yoga exercise? Read why. Australia and simple exercises are practised and the entire taking part in a yoga congress in Sydney. Tantra and Meditation in Daily Life Australian tour with Swami Janakananda and Sita in Queensland and New South Wales Swami Janakananda's book on yoga from a yogi's point of view. It opens with methods that make you independent in relation to influences . Intestinal Cleansing . Four will be holding courses in Queensland.. under whose guidance the school has blossomed over the years to become one of the leading lights of yoga in Europe. and see what medical research has to say. in November he will be teaching at the new University of Yoga in Bihar. Håå Course Center in southern Sweden “more awake and inspired in daily life. A pearl of a meditation .and its ancestors and cousins. collapsing beneath their own success. books. India.It is not an everyday occurrence that a yoga school celebrates its silver jubilee. Archaeologists also verify this... Over the years we have seen other schools come and go. tapes. through their discovery of various yoga pose sculptures throughout the world.the most basic and advanced at the same time. We therefore take the opportunity to congratulate the founder. we intend to expand the horizons of yoga and to hopefully shatter some myths and ideals concerning yoga into the bargain.Shankprakshalana: 4 This September and October Swami Janakananda A cleansing process that sharpens the senses.inner as well as outer. 20 The Lotus pose .
The methods work precisely and without side effects. for instance.. and it worked! Since then I haven’t had any problems at all. The breathing exercise Kapalabhati cleanses the lungs. the body is described as “radiant” after intestinal cleansing. such as an improvement in taste and sight. Then he said something that caused me to prick up my ears: “she rinses her intestines with salt water!” I had never heard the like before. Tratak is also a concentration technique. where salt water is drunk and vomited up again. and the body feels light and healthy. when I visited you in November. Its taste was more carrot-like than I had ever previously experienced. I say was. His pancreas began to work. Kunjal Kriya. nose cleansing. “Prakshalana” means to wash thoroughly. I was both curious and sceptical at the same time! indigestion. you have the released energy at your disposal. however. The effects. The cleansing processes of Hatha Yoga are divided into six main groups: Shat Karma. Pallid skin becomes purer and clearer.Shankprakshalana by Shanti Many years ago I met a friend on the street who cheerfully told me of a girl he had just met.” In one of the old scriptures. regardless of what you believe in or who you are. We teachers had prepared him for the possibility of change after the intestinal cleansing. And finally there is Shankprakshalana. A woman wrote to me five months after her first intestinal cleansing: “As I’m sure you remember. 3) and stomach cleansing. The skin becomes soft and various kinds of skin allergies and eczema are relieved.Intestinal cleansing . for example. A very happy Katrin. which cleans all the way from the mouth to the anus. where you concentrate on the flame of a candle. When the intestines are rinsed. by yoga. His pancreas did not produce any insulin at all when he arrived. And stomach exercises such as Agnisar and Nauli. where lukewarm salt water is poured through the nose (read Bindu no. the residue and tensions are removed. Tratak. 4 . but we did not expect such a quick response. When the coarse tensions are removed from the stomach and abdomen. In Sanskrit. are not only physical. Stomach problems and Here we have the most comprehensive cleansing process. where the muscles of the abdomen are rotated. binding energy and affecting one's well-being. his insulin requirement decreased. and can even disappear completely. containing a comprehensive knowledge of the body and mind. I will never forget the taste of that boiled carrot I ate after my first intestinal cleansing. as just before Christmas I received the best Christmas present ever. asthma and migraine can be relieved. around which tensions arise. and he had to take insulin several times a day. After just a couple of days of yoga training. something that facilitates the learning of meditation. The state of health can be improved with Hatha Yoga. Gheranda Samhita. and towards the end of the course he needed very little supplementary insulin. they are described alongside other more comprehensive methods. In the intestines “residue” accumulates. They give you access to your own resources. It is a science. waste products remain sitting in the small folds of the intestines. and have now been unwrapped. brushing the teeth and “cleaning the scalp. psycho-somatic illnesses such as diabetes. It is also said to “purify the frontal region of the brain” (partly by oxidising the blood). Hatha Yoga is the area of the yoga tradition that includes the physical cleansing processes which remove toxins and waste products and ease the coarser tensions of the body. The senses are sharpened to such a degree that they feel as though they were “muffled”. gives a better balance in the brain and strengthens and cleanses the eyes. intestinal cleansing: Shankprakshalana Katrin's Christmas present.” Hatha Yoga The yoga tradition is very rich.. whose methods are tried and tested and refined over thousands of years. Everybody can use yoga. In the old source material. even cured. I cautiously tried to eat normally. There is. A young man with diabetes stayed at Håå Course Center on a longer course. I was allergic to milk and sugar. massaging the intestines and kindling the digestion. Some of the simpler methods are. Neti. the approximately seven meter long folded intestine is called a conch shell (Shankha). It becomes easier to calm down.
Maybe this is because our oceans are presently polluted. The water for the stomach cleansing is also physiological. Afterwards. as you drink more and more glasses and do the exercises. This means that the body neither absorbs nor yields salt and water in significant quantities. Kunjal means “to throw up water”. We therefore suggest using ordinary salt from deep salt mines. 1/ The first exercise is called Tiryaka Tadasana in Sanskrit. but only luke warm. “the waist twist”. arms hang loose by the sides of the body. Gradually. 2/ The second exercise is Kati Chakrasana. The feet are slightly apart. whilst maintaining the same osmotic pressure upon both sides of the intestinal wall. look up at the hands and sway from side to side. and therefore should not be done alone the first times. it nevertheless demands guidance by a teacher with personal experience in it. Kunjal Kriya . Stand with the legs apart. In Sanskrit. This allows the water to leave the stomach more quickly. Finally. This movement causes the arms to swing loose horizontally outwards from the body. 6 . The ease with which the water passes through the intestines is also dependent on the temperature of the water. It is necessary to set aside a whole day when you decide to do the intestinal cleansing.9%.Preparation Even though the intestinal cleansing is simple to perform. do the exercises and continue like this. but you can drink as much water or herbal tea as you like. not to be confused with “Kriya Yoga”. The effect here is mostly at the middle of the stomach. Altogether. It is perfect when it is as warm as soup. Ordinary salt is used. but not dairy products. After the sixth glass. We call it “the tree in the wind”. The intestinal cleansing itself is now over. it is as clear as the water you drink. and Kriya “process”. The water and salt The water for the intestinal cleansing must be physiological salt water. We have ascertained that some people are allergic to sea salt. or due to natural substances such as allergy provoking pollen and spores. It influences the upper part of the intestinal tract. This exercise is also done eight times to each side. fold the hands and turn the palms outwards.stomach cleansing The procedure Intestinal cleansing is done by drinking a glass of salt water and performing Now the stomach must be cleansed. about sixteen large glasses of salt water are drunk. eight times to each side. in a rotating movement. four simple exercises that help the water to pass through the intestines. This technique is called Kunjal Kriya. Stretch the arms over the head. Swing the body and head so that you look far back over the shoulder. 0. you again drink a glass of salt water. The evening meal the day before should also be skipped. the same salt concentration as the body’s own. and completely free from particles. you begin to go to the toilet following the exercises. which is an advanced meditation technique. the water that is evacuated becomes lighter and contains fewer and fewer particles.
The rest following the intestinal cleansing is described in this way in Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes. Repeat to the other side. then raise the body up on straight arms and twist the head and torso so that you can look over the right shoulder and see down towards the left heel. again done the exercises. You don’t sleep but just lie and relax. Do it eight times to each side. boiled vegetables and legumes. then you eat a special meal. then lie down and rest for an hour.nose cleansing The nose is cleansed afterwards. which can be translated as “the twisted cobra”. that the activity of the digestive nerve impulses and glands stops. No special diet is required. then it can be done every morning on an empty stomach. 4/ The fourth exercise. so that the water comes up. and maybe listen to some pleasant music. and gotten the final water out. Hold the upper body and head erect. by Dr. involving mild and easy digestible food. Lower the right knee to the left foot.You drink until the stomach is full. red lentils and ghee. Rest and food Neti . so that it sits tight. This gives the body time to stabilise the effect of the intestinal cleansing. Stomach cleansing is a simple and quick process followed by a feeling of well-being and deep relaxation. all the way down to the groin. as it is only when the stomach is completely empty. When you have cleansed and dried the nose. The head is held at an angle so that the water runs by itself in through one nostril and out of the other. If a more thorough acquaintance with the method is desired. The diet A diet is observed after the intestinal cleansing. Then take it easy for the rest of the day. etc. translates as “abdominal massage. 7 . The spout is placed into one nostril.” Sit in a squatting position with the hands placed upon the knees. Here it is the lower part of the intestines that are stimulated. First lie on the floor with the legs wide apart. for up to forty days. Of course you can take a walk in the fresh air. Uddarakarshanasana. such as boiled grains (rice. Repeat to the other side. but wait at least an hour before you eat anything. A neti pot is filled with luke warm salt water. This exercise massages the lowest part of the intestines.” When you’ve finished resting. Swami Shankaradevananda Saraswati: “This is the only time. been to the toilet. consisting of rice. Otherwise you can stick a couple of fingers down your throat and trigger the vomiting reflex. It is also done with luke warm. where the digestion gets a total rest. physiological salt water. but don’t do anything strenuous. the water has a tendency to come up again by itself. This meal helps the digestive process start again in a gentle and balanced way. whilst pressing the left leg against the body so that it exerts a pressure against the stomach.). for instance beans or lentils. pasta without egg. The exercise is repeated eight times relaxedly to each side. The first ten days the following things are to be refrained from: 3/ The third exercise is called Tiryaka Bhujangasana.
but you can make interesting food by just using your imagination. He became so interested in trying the technique on his patients prior to their operations. then do a little experiment and ask yourself whether you would give it to a baby. the water passed through her system. honey. sugar. which can be done as often as necessary with regard to the patients needs. This In hospitals in the East and West “Yoga hospitals” can be found in many places in India. If you wouldn’t. such as diabetes and asthma. The first one to do the intestinal cleansing was a 75 year old woman. Germany. alcohol and also medicine that is not absolutely necessary. heard about the intestinal cleansing from a colleague who had tried it on one of our courses.no particles could be found even in the folds of the intestines. tea. Meat. 8 . are treated. where he collaborated with a team of doctors. diabetic and asthma patients experience a noticeable improvement. In this way the intestines were rinsed with a saline solution. then don’t eat it until after the diet. A diet of boiled vegetables and grains may sound a little bit boring to some.Coffee. fish and eggs are not eaten for forty days. you can begin to season the food with a tiny bit of herbs. The doctor was very surprised to find how easy. All seasonings can be used in limited quantities. tobacco. it consists entirely of yoga techniques. raw vegetables and spices are also to be avoided. that he invited one of our yoga teachers to Cologne. chocolate. and put a stomach pump in them. It is a harsh treatment to say the least. founded by Swami Anandananda. all varieties of sweets. It is followed up by a few yoga programmes and supplemented with the small intestinal cleansing. If you are in doubt as to what you can eat during the diet period. Vegetables such as onions and leeks. when he discovered that her entire alimentary canal was completely clean . A special surgeon at the university clinic in Cologne. Common to them all is that medicine is not used in the treatment. where people with various psychosomatic illnesses. With these simple forms of treatment. the investment is worthwhile. the treatment consists of intestinal cleansing. Even though ecological vegetables are a little dearer than others. Normally the doctors would use a method where the patient would sit on a special chair with a hole in the seat. He was even more surprised the following day during the operation. At The Yogic Treatment-cum-Research Center in Jaipur. if not full recovery. as your taste buds have been awoken from a slumber. as well as all forms of fruit and dairy produce. with the help of the exercises. Already after a couple of days.
I had a slice of orange ready. On the courses at Håå it is easy as the food is served to you. and have instead washed the stones out with the help of the small intestinal cleansing. and ate the food and took it easy the rest of the day. The next couple of hours I needed to rest again. and that I would first try an old-fashioned oil therapy to get the stones out. rest. I do yoga exercises that keep the gall bladder and the other digestive organs in form. Be attentive to the body’s signals. I went to the toilet a few times. the small one can be done as often as necessary. A similar oil therapy is used by some health farms and natural doctors. I said that I would only be operated on if it was absolutely necessary. but only green liquid from the gall bladder comes out.I drank a litre of olive oil. The same exercises are done after every other glass. A few days later I did the treatment for the third time. After the intestinal cleansing it is easier than at other times to change one's eating habits. I took the small grass green stones in a glass to the hospital and told them what I had done and that there was no longer any pain. so that after every swallow I chewed on the orange before I could taste the oil. to confirm that it was gall stones. carrots and parsnips. which works just as well. then again rest and food. When you expand on your menu after the diet period. so that the oil could work in peace.q Intestinal cleansing and gall stone treatment When I had gall stone pains. After the intestinal cleansing I rested for an hour as usual. It is simpler because there is no diet to observe afterwards. The little intestinal cleansing is done in the morning on an empty stomach. I lay on my right side and waited for the gall stones to come out. Some have waited with the food. which felt as if there was a knife just below the rib-cage on the right side. They do it every day for forty days following the larger one. such as diabetics. The next morning. I have done the treatment quite a few times just to be on the safe side. My late grandmother removed her gall stones by drinking double cream and melted butter. Naturally. you can contact an experienced yoga teacher at one of our schools. Since then I have heard from others. a large green gall stone as big as the nail on my thumb came out. and I haven’t had any more stones since. which is normally done only once or twice a year. The time had come for a close examination before the operation. This all happened thirteen years ago. and only six to eight glasses are drunk. The small intestinal cleansing There is also a shorter version called Laghoo Shankprakshalana. bear in mind the body’s increased sensitivity which perhaps means that you don’t need to eat the same as before. The next morning I was prepared and caught over thirty smaller gall stones in a sieve. but only oil and slime came out. that it is sufficient with two decilitres of oil. It can also be a good time to stop smoking as many lose the desire following the process. At home in the yoga school I did the intestinal cleansing first. we end the intestinal cleansing by going through the diet. It took a little longer than usual. and later I should arrange a date for an operation. who have tried the treatment. Laxmiq 9 .and the last heavy sensation around the gall bladder was gone. At our city schools. It is used by people undergoing special treatment. as I couldn’t do the exercises thoroughly due to the pain. This resulted in more than half a handful of gall stones the size of grains of sand .especially concerns base vegetables such as potatoes. have had equally good results from it. The doctor’s conclusion was. At one point I gave up waiting. and the pain was gone! There was still a heavy sensation around the gall bladder. where only six glasses of salt water are drunk. so there has probably been a misdiagnosis from the start. In contrast to the full intestinal cleansing. The scan showed that there were no more stones left.” The slightly elder doctor. I went to the hospital. so I repeated the same process again a week later intestinal cleansing. “you can’t just go home and remove the gall stones yourself. I got an appointment for ultra-sound scanning. this time only half a litre of oil. when I went to the toilet. If you have a problem with the gall bladder yourself. and then instead of the food . I managed to drink the oil by thinking about the operation I was avoiding and the two week stay in the hospital afterwards. Other teachers and students at our schools. who performed the ultra-sound examination said to me in all confidence that research was being carried out on the effect of fatty acids on gall stones.
Ideals arose so large that it distanced yoga from people. However. a branch of yoga was put forth that would come to influence the understanding that people have of yoga and what they expect from it. laziness. In his four small books. good health.. philosophise and moralise instead of realising and experiencing the effect of the actual yoga and meditation techniques. in his dominated in Europe. by yoga postures. and any self-respecting yoga school naturally has his book as a part of its curriculum . arising from the communication with those who do not yet know the finer states. Patanjali is both inspiring and brilliant. where you learn to free yourself from outer influences. just as they contribute to the awakening of the body’s chakra (the psychic centers). something quite different. lack of ability to reach the finer states. Naturally. namely the tangible effects of the practical exercises fail to appear. where a rigid scholastic interpretation of Patanjali came to overshadow all other yoga. In the same way that Puritanism Yoga and Tantra The purpose of yoga is to prepare for meditation. as being “disease. lack of stability. It is something you do. If the body is suffering from illness and pain. you acknowledge and use in the process of realisation. Yoga has no purpose other than enabling one to achieve the meditative state.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) book Yoga Sutra. The Tantric tradition includes much more. when this knowledge has to be passed on. increased energy. Theory alone is regarded as a kind of by-product. Through these methods the “side effects” of yoga come into play. rituals and meditation is emphasised. enabling you to submit yourself to the vicissitudes of life. Therefore. presenting clarity. It is the personal and direct contact between people that counts. here his ideals of controlling the mind were seen as preconditions rather than results of practice. The rather theoretical yoga of Patanjali was preferred in learned circles. This approach is of fundamental importance 10 . by Swami Janakananda experienced its ancestors and cousins “When a mood against someone or for someone arises.together with other “works” from the tradition. the yogis have continued along the original path. rather than avoiding it through control and restraint. or if fear and anxiety occupy the mind to such a degree that it is the only thing you can identify with. such as nose cleansing and intestinal cleansing (see page 4). Whatever you experience. dullness. carelessness. in the way you relate to life and to the discovery or reconquest of yourself. This occurs through cleansing processes. and with the branch that developed after Patanjali called Raja Yoga. Patanjali has given the intellectual and cultured citizen of the east as well as of the west an excuse to think. for the simple reason that Raja Yoga is a small branch which has grown from the tree of the Tantric tradition. which influence the body’s energy field and thus the general attitude to yourself and your surroundings. while remaining at one with your self . doubt. breathing exercises.Harmony between the experiencer and the On the Tantric meditation Antar Mauna (Inner Silence). The importance of concrete and practical training. as well as influences of a physical. emotional or psychic nature. the description of yoga in encyclopaedia and other literature has generally been identified with this interpretation. removing depression and whatever else might be standing in the way of you experiencing the meditative state and being able to remain in it. In Tantra. each containing from between thirty to fifty short verses that constitute Yoga Sutra. Tantra and the Tantric meditations include elements described in Raja Yoga. then you must find ways and means to rise above it. When one is stuck with concepts alone.. but remain centered. and finally. Yoga is accessible not only to those wanting to control life and themselves.and to learn to live fully. Rishi Patanjali described the obstacles to yoga 2300 years ago. undisturbed by the prevailing fashion and the limitations of the ages. by mudra and bandha (“attitudes and locks”). by pratyahara.” With Patanjali. so it was in India. do not place it on the person in question. craving for enjoyment. erroneous perception.
in the previous generation. And it’s easier than you think to be in it. However. rituals and meditations. thought and experienced. Meditation teaches and trains us to be receptive and creative towards “reality”. In the midst of that state. put attention neither on pleasure or pain but between these. other physical and mental troubles or illnesses can also be avoided by returning to the original state .as it was before whatever influenced the state and upset the balance in the body and mind. These hooks catch the thoughts that fit them. When I allowed myself to experience the state. but of being aware and present in what is anyway done. thus neutralising inhibitions and influences. infatuated. You do not try to interfere with the thought or the emotion. By using the techniques and meditations of Tantric yoga. submissive or in a reaction. without reacting or struggling against it . You allow it to express itself and spend its fury. unless at some point or other I gave up and allowed myself to be in that freezing state. allowing it to do as it liketh. India. You neither try to avoid the anger or sorrow. and I calmed down and regained warmth. In a devoted and yet neutral way you let happen what happens. This could go on for quite a while. A clear example of this is stress. which normally captivate the mind and lead one to forget oneself and place the identity in something other than what one really is.in its practices. nor do you cling to it. nor attempting to impede it. of your own true form. It is not a question of taking severe measures. a strong emotion of anger or sorrow. Thoughts that appear in the mind again and again are “maintained” by the hooks.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) It is safe to say that through meditation one restores the cells to their natural state and frequency. Wholly abandon all directing and shaping of thoughts. They hold us prisoners in certain attitudes and expectations. To become free from habitual thoughts and limiting ideas of our- Meditation experiences .. in the midst of 11 . a yogi who lived in Pondicherry. the shivering and chattering ceased at once. stated Sri Aurobindo. In your essence there is an image of your own good health. and thereby realising: what captivated or fascinated the mind are but mere that emotion.and without giving up or letting yourself be overwhelmed by or dependent upon anything. Let’s take. “. you go on experiencing it and thus you allow what you experience to happen.in Tantra . for example.” (Evans-Wentz: Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines) “O Beloved. to return to it. I shivered. and I could barely put on my clothes again and do the buttons up after drying myself. Small “hooks” are found in the mind. instead of constrained.... my teeth chattered. Therefore nothing is left hanging afterwards in the form of tension or a grudge. You do not try to stop it.you then remove the very limitations mentioned by Patanjali. A picture that may illustrate this: As a child I would be quite overwhelmed by the cold after swimming in the sea. and you can continue to live in the now. the procedure is to be indifferent to the thought.whatever concept or idea appeareth. neither falling under its influence.
After all. quoted in the article under one name: Vigyana Bhairava Tantra *). Can we regard them as just thoughts. it is not only the opinions that we hold on to and defend. Here are a few examples of the ancient instructions: “The appreciation of objects and subjects is the same for an enlightened person as for an unenlightened person. traces of this meditation can be found in the Tantric tradition . the deep relaxation Yoga Nidra and Inner Silence.” Already before the rise of Buddhism. Tantra was an independent tradition and science even before certain aspects of it became integrated. The Sanskrit text is translated to Hindi by Swami Satyananda and Swami Satsangananda. first with “Hinduism” and later with Buddhism. we can let go and let them pass. Tantra . that judge or explain whatever we are facing. the knowledge of Truth alone is life-giving. in order to declare its independence from the Vedic tradition. Excerpts of the work were first published in the West in 1955 in Gentry magazine in an adapted issue by Paul Reps and later incorporated in the book Zen Flesh. And this Jnana can be received through the word of a Guru. (a later work than the above mentioned) concerning the importance of direct instruction: “Neither Asramas (four stages of life) nor philosophies or sciences can provide the means for liberation. and certain parts of this text have been translated into English.in Buddhism. The following passage is from Kularnava Tantra. All other ways are deceptive. not lost in things. so the mind becomes a real tool instead of a slave driver . intense. oppressive. together with the student. on which Hinduism to a great extent is based. for example. How does one abolish enslavement by the thoughts? After all.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) *) Vigyana Bhairava Tantra from Kashmir has had a fundamental influence on Swami Satyananda’s way of teaching the Tantric meditations. automatic thoughts. the mind with its senses is the tool through which we survive in this dimension on earth. Zen Bones. which colour our reality. Translated from Sanskrit it means Inner Silence . From this Tantric tradition grew.yes. experiences and even diseases. In the Tantric yoga tradition there are techniques that can help us see through that which the mind presents to us. for thousands of years these early sutras hint at a knowledge of the mind. It requires a special ability to disregard the seductive games of the mind. we are kept in a prison of grey routine. presenting us with ready-made opinions. The meditation we deal with here is called Antar Mauna. As part of an initiation .and we become independent. Thus we are unable to see things anew and unable to adapt to each new situation. but also the more unconscious.selves and our surroundings. and you took for granted that what your mind presented was true? Did you know? Or did you “guess”? When we do not realise that the mind often functions in a completely automatic way. The former has one greatness: he remains in the subjective mood.that was otherwise passed on verbally and secretly from teacher to student from generation to generation. there are more advanced variants. Agama. short sentences or verses (sutra) reveal essential instructions in Tantric yoga and meditation. only the Jnana [insight]of all the Sastras [tantric scriptures] can give it. The Tantric literature is outwardly called non-Vedic. The thoughts will then no longer stick to the mind.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) “In moods of extreme desire. It is thoughts that appear by themselves in every situation. or do we believe them? How many times has your mind without any ado judged a situation. we have to straighten out the hooks. which in a practical way can open the doors of meditation: Vigyana Bhairava Tantra. unwanted changes of mood and the experience of too much or too little energy. and return to the essential. only to free himself from them. where the teacher during the meditation constantly allows himself to be “infected” by a student straying and identifying with different states. be undisturbed.a pearl of a meditation. that has been evolved into a basic form of seven parts. Sochanda Tantra and Malini Vijaya Tantra. from states such as stress. in Hinduism and by itself In scriptures from Kashmir (some are said to be over 4000 years old). Apart from this basic form. even before Alexander the Great coined the word Hinduism as a collective term for the way people lived by the Indus river. a meditation. 12 . which I learned from Swami Satyananda when I lived with him for some years in the late sixties.
however. I suppose it is used especially in Southeast Asia. Its name can mean unfettering. it must be received in a teaching situation.which I shall refrain from doing here. the meditation Maha Mudra. When it was presented by Evans-Wentz in the thirties. that it has a relatively large philosophical superstructure. There is. or “the yoga of the great symbol”. inspiring though it may be. There are also many similarities to the Buddhist meditation Vipasana. he called it “the yoga of the great liberation”. From my own background. somewhat abstract translation of the title. just like Antar Mauna. 13 . However. when Maha Mudra is used correctly it can. In its attitude and in all its simplicity it is related to Antar Mauna. signifying the greatest attitude. the Tantric element it contained laid the basis for the meditation Za-Zen. I can translate Maha Mudra as: the great attitude. Evans-Wentz himself admits in the commentary to the title. that mudra means attitude. requires one to reflect on the meaning of the word symbol . This probably is the sole purpose that the more direct teaching from teacher to student.When Buddhism came to Japan. as always in Tantra. This could easily lead to an understanding of the concepts.one philosophises and becomes reliant upon one's own notions. thus blocking the experience or the insight in the meditation. that one should otherwise free oneself from . the pitfall with this Tibetan variant. the best attitude one can have to life. embody both the most fundamental and highest form of initiation. may not and cannot be recounted in writing. The fact that Evans-Wentz and the lamas with whom he collaborated have chosen the latter. In Tibet a similar method developed from the Tantric source.
nothing more than Without spontanemental concepts. being illusory. ous awareness Or. determination. and are found in India. This universe is a reflecTherefore... everything “Saraha states: postulated of the . looking in. I experienced myself as a However.” concept.for someone standing outside. An excerpt from EvansWentz’s book: “. the Sangsara contemplates the and nature of February 1969.” In general. When I was a child. is awareness and the ability to experience.. tion of minds. where the student must give up all his or her concepts. from the time when I received the teaching and training that laid the Nirvana. What they do have in common.a choice. The happiness of gods in heavenOne may not realise mahamudra as worlds and of men is another mental The Tantric meditations do to a great lucid awareness. As you see many concerning things are due merely to Or by following the various classic suns in water from one sun. there is one crucial differ- ence . extent go together. all things mentally And the doctrines of conceptual (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) perceived are concepts. The transcending wisdom. I experienced in Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism in Gods and good fortune are also conmyself as a child. from Kashmir: [or in one’s association of ideas] Tilopa supports this position: “Since. too. Thus... as it says in the ancient literature Changes in one’s train of thought Will not realise the ultimate.I shall now recount the step. one reads: 14 . on the other hand. the various views canon. cepts of mind. The various concepts. In Mahamudra by Takpo Tashi Namagyal from 1986.. treatises bondage and liberation. and the concise sayings. in truth.Whoever Whole. are only for those terrified with world. perhaps . When I was a particular. corresponding meditations that were Misfortune caused by demons and Who possesses awareness? assimilated by Buddhism in general. and the experiences? mind. and with it the insights which the underlying concepts convey. and none of them real. That applies to the The full realisation of the passing original Tantric meditations that were Who is it then that away into Nirvana is also a concept of found. evil spirits is also a concept of mind.” teenager. for example. The difference lies in the goal itself.up to reaching this step.. fade away accordingly.. the sacred the universe. bondage and produce corresponding changes in Whether by expounding the tantric freedom are relative. even conceptions that he or she has used all through his or her life on the religious or spiritual journey . arises from nirvana foundation for the insight on which this article is based. so see different mental concepts. these words one’s conception of the external mysticism.
again.and we are torn between action etc.” ralling closer towards the wheel’s phases of resistance and adversity. to experience. which again fundamental harwas followed by mony in body and disappointment. a gone its phases. Informal discussions around the fire. Life gives us ual? A growing knowledge? A knowlTheravada branch). frustration. right up to the edge that is not merely intellectual in nothing: “The occidental idea that day when we ask about it. a maturation that. state. hope and From there I contentment. to be. where a real overview exists may hurt when we have to let go of towards the hole in the hub? customary values. Be this one. rienced as something. the innermost in people is expewhich extends further than that of and reflection. meditate on way throughout life knowing and notI have experienced knowing.. to hope by contentrest and restore the ment. interspersed with guidance of each one..“Sweet-hearted teenager. an ability And behind the personality? Isn’t existence. I needed new photos. not resemble me any an experience of more. a constant spiand falls into place. A place to Ideas have been return to again and replaced by insight.” an attitude. as Piet Hein says. a soul. Experience what? No. and I state this on the basis rywhere. what is eventually And the personality. periods. In the beginning The old photos do comes a glimpse.silence.phases where everything runs smoothly “This consciousness is the spirit of Is life. but here doesn’t change and needs defending. in spite the human mind grasps a ´thing´ thing else. the meditation: an ability to seek. the final goal is that. religions. an thinking or understanding. hold . an identity. It (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) hub. a self. background life unfolds. Each time may be. because experience All over the world minor and major And something else I also got from and maturing tells us that they will not philosophies. but eveonce envisioned that life maybe would wrong. the day before I (on the left) received my gaze upon life: It is as though life initiation to become a Swami by Swami Satyananda (on the right). and The rim is divided into life’s phases automatic ways of doing things? . a determination we tear along somewhere out on the here is still. Who am I? Then leave both The body has aside that you changed. on whose to cut through all empty imitations rim. existing myself in its different and not existing. that has underfamiliar place. and in this one. a being. a of my Siamese [Thai] professorial the air in the space we live in. a symbol. something stored? Something individWhereas in Buddhism (at least in the not the meaning of life. mind. Life changes is a large wheel and constantly.. takes you in the direction you better than a ´no-thing´ is clearly which is not really any place. a search for that “place” of it all. a state. here IS .” I had to have my (Vigyana passport or driving Bhairava Tantra) licence renewed. I wonder. age to stand by that which is of value 15 . greater tolerance? And a greater courexperience. But somecharacter. to become a well. as the water in the sea and go? A greater benevolence perhaps. shamanism.
but without having to compete on the spiritual or other planes. “he sat in the meditation hall for a while. Higher and lower. which Buddhism denies as a fiction. all material and all inner things. as one gradually becomes experienced in meditation.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) 16 . there is just one. just as long as you are capable of following the method. lead to hypocrisy and make one become censorious or compare oneself to others. Jung had to write the preface to Evans-Wentz’s book: The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation.” In maintaining this. a new light is cast over things. Still. and has not himself dared to experience what it is about. was that. J.. he neglects the systematic and scientific method inherent in meditation. Also. in essence. He continues: “The Hindu.. as it may be inspiring . To me. Not so the Siamese [Thai] .. then he would also meditate. the town. his particular individuality. where atma (self) refers solely to his own ego. “Well. I asked Swamiji what he had been doing. Nevertheless.. complete emptiness no self.This is how the Austrian Swami Agehananda Bharati (who lived the most of his life in India and concluded it in USA) expressed himself in his autobiography. feelings. such effects have been measured and confirmed in medical laboratories world-wide.” (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) After all. The Ochre Robe. Yes. Such a definition is based on false ideals. or to unite the higher and lower self. Jung may be in accord with Buddhism when he writes: “.and everything else: sounds. where a beneficial effect transpires progressively. In reality know nothing as pure or impure. and he gave this comment: “What the man experienced was a state of unconsciousness. when he hears the term ´non-self´. regardless of what you may think. one is faced with a fundamental choice here. I was gone completely!’” I looked in wonder at Swamiji after that statement. inner pictures.in such thinking a demand to be holy is hidden. this is about that which one is already. Since he had come to an ashram. Subsequent to Jung’s death.. however. which change and are forgotten. what one sees. dreams.) concentration focusing the soul and/or (Tantra) letting go experience being and all that you are anyway. and nothing else exists. I’ve been in samadhi! I saw nothing. that’s nonsense.” How is yoga and thus meditation defined? I don’t want to use that hackneyed definition of yoga. unless one is prepared to turn away from the world and to disappear into the unconscious for good.. the one which experiences behind it all. I heard nothing. immediately thinks of the Absolute with which the Self is identified. “The purity of other teachings is as impurity to us. as one from outside would view things a bit apprehensively. And then he came out enthusiastically and said: ‘Swamiji.for he has never really heard about an Absolute. but total consciousness. I was curious. One is stillness . or something (Raja Yoga etc. “This consciousness exists as each being. anatmavada simply means `doctrine of nonself´. which may just as easily distance people from themselves. inner as well as outer. feels and smells. what he apparently did not know. he was probably sleeping.” And when C. or everywhere: Stillness is our consciousness. and everything appears different than the expectations and the philosophy one had before beginning to meditate. mere teaching has no effect. when Buddha states that even the idea itself of a self (or a soul) is an obstacle to total liberation: a choice between nothing. One day a so-called sadhu came to the ashram in Monghyr asking for shelter and received it. where one speaks of becoming one with the higher self. For him. something that can give a sense of guilt. nature. samadhi is not unconsciousness.. or at least not the desired one. thoughts. And it implies that it is something that the individual can do with a little help from tradition and a good teacher. Who is higher? Who is lower? Where do I stand? No thanks! There is a definition of yoga which I hope cannot be interpreted in this way. he sounded rather too naively idealistic. no I..” said Swami Satyananda. and when he had left again.. all these are experiences.
for example on the clothes of the prairie Indians. one pointing upwards and one downwards. Everything consists of energy. therefore. Energy and consciousness One could also talk about the stillness. It is a symbol which expresses harmony between the experiencer and that which is experienced . but it is not limited to a movement or a nation. In meditation you undergo a process. You do not merely analyse yourself. it is found in various symbols or yantras . the psychic center located at the level of the heart.unity in everything. One could talk about energy. without any intervening medium. and my 17 . Also in the Tantric tradition. Israel) that is true. often placed on the middle of the chest.“Meditation. unity is experienced between the two .consciousness sees itself through itself. not of self-analysis but selfperception.and when this harmony comes about. you see yourself.g. The atoms in the walls are energy. Two triangles. religions and countries have taken for their symbol (e. It is in this that meditation goes beyond the psycho-analysis of modern psychology. It is found in all cultures. is a process by which you see your own consciousness . is forming this symbol: the six pointed star. support or agency.one of them is the yantra for Anahata Chakra.” (Swami Satyananda) Experience and consciousness The definition of yoga can be expressed by a symbol. in another way. It is an archetypal symbol which certain movements. about the one who is experiencing and the experiences.
when I try to control or suppress “Whenever your mind is wanmy thoughts or feelings. You train your ability to experience. without inhibitabout.” my own. good or You learn to experience the personality Silence. experiencing. This is trained in the meditation Inner you don’t need to act holy. It is something you do and you outcome of the meditation whether ing or changing it. a false identity. Experience what happens this connection. the silence on the signifies energy. The notions of yourself.” I ask them not to be idealistic. from and meditation. (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) not to be other than you normally habits. unhappy. You are the triangle pointing downwards Inner Silence. You need neither The two triangles make a to have negative nor positive harmonic form of balance. Inner Silence is an absolute of energy. through the variniques. (A “Grook” by Piet Hein) moment you are meditating. energy.. everything. necessity for all other advanced yoga shaken or apathetic. ignorance. internally or externally. Let about lack of contact with what is the experiences come of themessential. From the senses you progress gradually ticular sense. then balance is not and without being restrained present. It is about being present. meditation. tired or full Then you go deeper. learn this with the help of the techyou feel happy. What appealed dering. other way in relation to each so it can happen spontaneously other. Or whether you are restless. including the more begin the meditation wherever you are. It is what what appears of itself in your I experience.If you want something from body is energy. insensitivexpectations.” in those surroundings of where at the definition of yoga. thoughts are energy. in that place and inner as well as outer. But here the question Idealism and Consciousness Summary is not whether there is control or lack of control. What comes out the meditation. Remain the one who is when harmony is not present. advanced forms of Kriya Yoga. (Vigyana Bhairava Tantra) so that I forget myself. It is unimportant for the or analytical towards it. You get to know it. self-forgetfulness. and then it is about or changed by your ideals or too much or too little. when I identify myself with them. then cease to of my mouth when I talk is have all kinds of expectations energy. when you sit down to meditate. in the world that you experience in the midst of what is happening. defect: that it can never show. or associations between you and emotions. when one is n o t looking in a through your senses. Sit down and to the innermost of your being. 18 . are placed any without wanting to influence it. the triangle background of which you expepointing upwards signifies conrience what happens in your sciousness.When my students learn Inner Silence. It has neither to do with Antar Mauna is a meditation that starts “The mirror is given us humans by rebelling nor with taking everything God. thoughts and emotions that are. where you experience everything. That is a Tantric mirror. because it isn’t really some“positive”. ous dimensions of your inner universe. stay in the awareness. looks. Try and inevitably through the states. “When vividly aware through some par. but the devil has given it the one in the totality of where you find yourlying down. I have experienced the least. yes. He was sober-minded. the way you feel. Only thereby can ity. If the triangles. you get to know it as it is. how one self.. when I have been overwhelmed to me was a view of life which in a great many ways harmonised with at this very place. or It was a time when Swamiji taught everything himself. selves without you interfering in Naturally. Begin the meditation as without immediately becoming critical thing you think about or philosophise you are. this. in mind. almost atheistically scientific. your personality normally contains.
the way they come to your ears. to the one which expeinterest. I am not the meditator. You accept how you by the sea. It perceives that one is constantly guided everything with the same back to oneself. Antar Mauna has to be practical and methodical. It is based on laws nothing pushed aside. If I change my physical position. such. Finally we come to a stage where we become a witness of thoughtlessness. therefore. one listens for something or one tries to avoid hearing certain things . time to do it undisturbed. Do not expect anything from live.”(Swami Satyananda) Do not try to do anything other than what is happening anyway here in the beginning.“Good or bad. q the meditation. like the The following is an example of sounds. It was a concrete teaching in exercises and meditations. in a queue. one Inner Silence is based on. one sitting some place where you have we will go on revealing some of the practises it in a group. on a bench in a close the eyes. how you live. You don’t need to change. on the train. already . It represents the essence of Tantra. Now turn the mind outward towards the surroundings . This is a meditation that is best learnt directly. I am the seer. through various ages. that you see someone else as the example. “You are the one observer and. at the same time. so directions. that the surroundings as a whole. I am the seer. secrets of Inner Silence.” (Ashtavakra Gita) ticking of the clock. detached and unrelated. I am the seer. We will how a part of the first step in the medideal with these specific instances at a tation is guided verbally by a teacher. and a training in awareness . First we practice a witnessing of sense experiences that come from outside. as riences behind it all. later date in Bindu.you listen to all the sounds in the surroundings together. I am not the concentrator. sit completely still. not resort to equivocations. you are surroundings. nothing is emphasised. Do not demand anything of another person to realise yourself . I am just the seer of all that is taking place in me. disturbance or one-pointedness. so that the mind does that shines equally in all worship or manipulation of people's religious feelings. then we practice a witnessing of the spontaneous thought processes that evolve from the depth of our personality.Sit for a moment life. sitting. You don’t need to be countryside .. .your self.wherever. Sit with a straight back (it can be on The knowledge and insight sprouting a minute or two. other than just are. at the same time as the It is not surprising. continue for a while. Do this for five to fifteen minutes. But. when listening. In town or without being busy with having the Tantric attitude. 19 . from teacher to Consciousness is like a light. or in a meditation pose) and from the meditation also influence daily bus. Your only bondage has been Hear the car in the street. in the woods or in the something to do. It should be done stage by stage. just as in the future when during the learning process. I am impartial. at the same time also in Europe we find references and The first preliminary exercise as the television upstairs. in a pose where this is possible.and listen to the sounds around you. And also try it for a short while. An all encompassing awareness of sounds. completely still.a spiritual attitude without any form of student.or to Become one with the sounds of the yourself. in the a chair. when you have adjusted the body. you have indeed always been or tendencies in the mind which are free. park or at a market place. Normally. all the point toward a similar insight. Perceive instructions. for common to all people.but you don’t do that now . No.. that observer.
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it is not mandatory to sit in the Lotus pose in 22 . In a real meditation pose like the Lotus pose. Once having learned to master the Lotus pose. In other poses. up to that very moment. that you can sit still for a period. you have the benefit of being able to sit motionless and effortless for long periods of time. it becomes relaxed and the mind begins to calm down which is a precondition for going deeper. it is important to be able to sit still. the upper body easily sags and becomes tired. it is necessary to learn one of the genuine meditation postures since the posture has an effect in itself.a classical meditation posture I was 15 years old and at the local swimming baths. When the body is held motionless and stable. when you begin practising Inner Silence. the hands are resting on the knees and you sit with a straight spine. On the other hand. Relaxation and calmness in the body. The legs are crossed in such a way that the feet are placed on the thighs. It is important. see Bindu no. i. Padmasana. is only a small part of the overall effect of the Lotus pose. In some meditations. on the other hand. that the Lotus pose was reserved for a few people only . I was convinced. which the Lotus pose is called in Sanskrit. Together with the Headstand.and hardly possible for ordinary people.The Lotus pose . 7) as one does in different types of relaxation. upright and relaxed for a certain length of time. however. Naturally. when I saw for the first time a living human being sitting in the Lotus pose. by Joachim Rodenbeck order to meditate. I was filled with awe and surprise. when you want to go deeper (in Inner Silence) or work with your psychic energy in meditations like Ajapa Jap or Kriya Yoga. In one way or another most people have either heard or read about it. you can also sit on a high-backed chair or even in an armchair as long as you sit comfortably and upright. The Lotus pose Why a meditation pose? When you want to meditate. however. like the normal cross-legged position. It could be argued that one could lie much more comfortably on the back in the dead-still pose (Savasana. To achieve that. is one of the classical meditation poses. Although I had already read about it.e. without having to worry about the body. the Lotus pose probably is the best known yoga pose. A young woman quickly and with ease placed her legs over each other. one can learn to avoid restlessness and muscular tensions. there are also more simple poses which anyone (including the untrained) can use without difficulty.
through its flows. the Crow Walk. names the Lotus pose “the destroyer of all diseases” .and foot-joints must be pre. Tantra and Meditation in Daily Life p.the Lotus pose provides an optimal condition for its flow. we find the energy flows Ida. It is therefore crucial to use a real meditation pose . makes use of a fraction of his brain capacity. Today’s science confirms that man only Better fitness through sitting still? The classical yoga script.e. Don’t be alarmed if one day the soles of your feet are smiling at you from on top of your thighs. then. Within the yoga tradition. As one might expect. awaken the dormant parts of the brain. the legs and the knee. 23 . All parts of the body are controlled through these passages. To sit in the Half Lotus is also a good preparation.children for instance do it spontaneously while they play . the Pump etc. spring expanders etc.the hips. The researcher determined for one thing that the oxygen in the body was better utilised in the Lotus pose. This fluid nurtures the nerve endings and the brain . the three most important passages in the network of our psychic energy. (for thorough guidance see Yoga. These nerve paths. the Butterfly. Her research team compared a group of people. The following medical survey took place in 1975 under the direction of the Indian doctor. constituted the control group. although closely connected with it.pared and made supple in a systematic way. Do not try to force your body into the pose: as with any yoga posture the body needs time to get used to it .whereas others need more practice. The upright and undisturbed position of the spine in Padmasana is important in order for the nerve impulses to flow freely during meditation. Pingala and Shushumna. Kriya Yoga) are known to stimulate and awaken the energy and.and tension-releasing exercises. together with the brain.e. who were not doing any such activity. Gheranda Samhita. Energy In the spinal cord. the passages of the central nervous system connect the brain with the rest of the body. Refer to the second part of the program Air. are surrounded by a protective membrane within which the so called cerebrospinal fluid flows. in the spinal cord. 38-39).) When we go on to a finer dimension. but so did surprisingly enough the group who had “only” been sitting in the Lotus pose. A third group of people. to another group who over the same length of time followed a traditional fitness training programme with weight lifting. (A chiropractor will in many cases treat diseases by removing blockages in the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.and it surely has a good number of healing effects. Professor Salgar. i.it ensures that the energy generated during the meditation is directed into its proper paths and that a harmonic expansion of consciousness is taking place. the physical fitness training group obtained a clearly improved efficiency. however. to the psychic energy. the breathing exercises and meditations (i.To some it comes easy to learn to use the Lotus pose . They should not be mistaken for our nervous system. Before and after the six-months period all participants were exposed to a fitness test. who over a six-months period were sitting in the Lotus pose daily (without using any kind of additional meditation or relaxation technique).
However. the Lotus group surpassed the physical fitness group. the kidney. Mexico. Museum of Ethnology. accident and indicates that the ancient yogis possessed an accurate knowledge of the processes in the body.and the liver-meridians. the physical fitness training group showed the best results. It is perhaps not so well-known that sculptures and rockcarvings of this and other poses have been found in the old cultures of Egypt. which again influence other body parts and organs. the nerves emanating from the coccyx and sacrum are also influenced. of this issue of Bindu is of Celtic origin and a part of a “bucket” found on the “Oseberg” Viking ship in the Oslo fiord in Norway. the Lotus pose people were better able to make efficient use of their strength. aims further . is not done by It is common knowledge that the use of the Lotus pose in the Indian yoga tradition and in the Far East dates back a very long time. From the viewpoint of acupuncture. even though they did not use the modern terminology of medical science. the spleen-. Colombia. Not only in India What brought about such changes? 24 To place the body in such an unusual position. when the energies of the body are fundamentally harmonised. which was significantly improved. under normal strain. With her findings. it has been described how Padmasana influences the stomach-. The bronze sculpture on the back cover of India and China. Through the crossed legged position. the gall bladder-. there is no doubt that the use of meditation once was worldwide. The control group showed no changes The Lotus pose can also be used as a variation in different yoga poses. In coming issues of Bindu. the finer energy passages. However.q . and call the Nadis Meridians). These nerves serve the whole abdomen. the intestines and the genitals. also become activated through the special position of the legs. however. (where they also work with the energy flows. Furthermore. it is teachings of wisdom and a science in itself. Even though there had been no actual muscle growth. and Scandinavia.Under a heavy load which demanded great muscular strength. It can be recommended to people with nervous disorders that they sit in the Lotus pose. whatsoever. The actual purpose of the pose. The tradition in these and other cultures are. Berlin.as an aid to spiritual absorption. less accessible. This study clearly shows that yoga does not have to be tied up with a specific mythology or religion. compared with the living tradition Clay sculpture from West-Colombia. This increased flow of blood in the abdominal region is beneficial for the inner organs and improves the digestion. The Nadis. The use of the Lotus pose is instrumental in bringing about a series of curative and health improving effects. Little is known about the kind of meditation that was in use in the preColumbian and northern cultures. of course. Professor Salgar was able to show that merely sitting in the Lotus pose has a positive influence on the metabolism and on the overall body fitness. the blood supply to the legs is decreased and redirected to the abdominal region. has discovered in relation to the origin of yoga. we will publish some of the findings that Swami Janakananda. through 30 years of research.
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