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Asmitā (अस्मिता)

This article is written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The Sanskrit root ‘as’ rhyming with ‘bus’ would mean ‘to be’. The sanskrit ‘as’ is like ‘is’ in English. ‘as’ becomes ‘asmi’ when conjugated in its first person, singular, present tense. Asmi means ‘am’. Just like the English ‘am’ refers […]

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Vyāhṛti-व्याहृति: beautiful, highly potent and meaningful mantras.

This article is written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The two most important mantras of the Vedas are Pranava (OM) and then the Gāytri. There is another mantra or a group of mantras used extensively, the vyahritis. Ahriti is to hold back whereas Vyahriti is to give out and […]

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Dhāraṇā (धारणा) – sustaining attention.

This article was written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The terms Dharana and Pratyahara are the lesser members of the Rajayoga family. Usually, a lot of importance is given to Asana and dhyana/samadhi among Hatayogis and Rajayogis. But Dharana is a very important anga of yoga. It is the […]

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