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Yoga Breath




    The diverse yoga asanas are the most obvious part of the Ashtanga Yoga method (postures). 


    The unseen content, which consists of three basic strategies, is more crucial. 


    • The postures are strung together to form a yoga mala or garland using these approaches. 
    • The body is employed as a mantra in the Vinyasa Yoga method, the postures are beads, and the three essential techniques are the thread that connects the beads to build a garland of yoga postures. 
    • The method is intended to be used as a kind of movement meditation, with the transitions between each position being just as significant as the postures themselves. 

    It is critical for a newbie to understand these three key skills right away. 

    Once you've mastered them, practicing will become nearly second nature. 

    It might be difficult to work without them. 


    Ujjayi pranayama, Mula Bandha, and Uddiyana Bandha are the three methods. 



    We'll start with the first of them. 

    "Victorious breath" or "victorious stretching of the breath" is what Ujjayi pranayama implies. 


    Pranayama is a phrase made up of two words: prana and ayama. 


    Ayama denotes stretching or expanding, while prana may have a variety of meanings. 

    It's commonly translated as "inner breath" or "life force," and it's an aspect of the body's delicate structure. 

    Nadis (energy pathways) and chakras are also parts of the subtle anatomy (energy centers). 

    However, prana is sometimes used to refer to the anatomical or outside breath. 

    In this sense, pranayama refers to the expansion of breath, or the practice of breathing in a quiet, tranquil, and steady manner. 



    Ujjayi pranayama is a method of stretching the breath and so extending the life energy; when the breath is tranquil, the mind is quiet as well. 


    It necessitates a small restriction of the glottis — the upper aperture of the larynx — by sealing it partly with the epiglottis. 

    The epiglottis is a flap on the back of the throat that closes when we drink and opens when we breathe. 

    We lengthen the breath and generate a mild hissing sound by partly shutting the epiglottis, which we listen to throughout the activity. 

    The sound seems to emanate from the middle of the chest rather than the neck. 

    Any humming that accompanies a sound like wind in the trees or waves on the sea should be eliminated, since this would cause pressure on the vocal chords. 

    Listening to your own breath has a number of consequences. 

    It's a pratyahara method first and foremost. 





    Pratyahara, or "withdrawing the senses from the outside world," or, more simply, "going within," is the fifth limb of yoga. 


    Listening to your own breath focuses your attention within and away from external noises. This is a tool for meditation

    Additionally, the sound of our breath may inform us practically everything we need to know about our postural attitude. 

    The breath may seem strained, laborious, short, aggressive, flat, shallow, or quick at times. 





    We begin to correct any negative or unhelpful attitudes by returning it to the ideal of a smooth, pleasant sound. 


    • Sit in a comfortable yet upright posture to perform Ujjayi. 
    • Start making the Ujjayi sound consistently, without pausing between breaths. 
    • Give the sound a consistent quality throughout the whole breath, inhaling and exhaling. 
    • Deepen and lengthen each breath. 
    • Inhale deeply and evenly into the rib cage. 
    • Breathe into the sides, front, back, and lastly the top lobes of the lungs at the same time. 
    • The internal intercostals (the muscles between the ribs) must relax on inhalation, enabling the rib cage to expand freely when we breathe, and the rib cage must have a moderate pulsing action. 


    Our society tends to concentrate only on abdominal breathing, which results in a slouching posture as well as rib cage stiffness. 


    • This is due to a lack of activity in the intercostal muscles, which inhibits the flow of blood and vital energy in the thorax, leading to coronary disease and cardiopulmonary insufficiency. 
    • The rectus abdominis muscle, sometimes known as "the abs," relaxes in this region, giving it a slouching appearance. 
    • Slouching softens the tummy and encourages abdominal breathing. 



    Furthermore, as the rectus abdominis relaxes, the pubic bone drops, causing an anterior (forward) tilt of the pelvis, resulting in a hyperlordotic low back, also known as a sway back. 


    • The origin of the erector spinae3, the main back extensor muscle, is thus lifted. 
    • The erector spinae loses its ability to elevate the chest when it is shortened. 
    • The chest collapses, resulting in a slouching look as well as a stiff, hard rib cage. 
    • This keeps the thoracic organs from being massaged when you're breathing. 
    • The heart and lungs' resistance to sickness is lowered by a lack of massage and activity. 
    • One of the greatest postural abnormalities is the compensatory pattern, which leads to a sway back, an anteriorly tilted pelvis, and a deflated chest. 



    The major reason is favoring abdominal respiration and the resultant abdominal weakness. 


    • We breathe using both the belly and the thorax in yoga. 
    • Active breathing helps to strengthen the intercostals. 
    • The air is actually forced out of the lungs until the respiratory rest volume, or the quantity of air remaining after a thorough exhalation, is all that is left. 
    • The goal is to increase vitality by breathing more deeply. 
    • This is accomplished not by breathing as much as possible, but by entirely exhaling first to make room for the incoming inhalation. 



    There are two major reasons why you would desire to increase your breath volume. 





    To begin with, boosting our inhalation increases the quantity of oxygen we get. 

    Second, we exhale more pollutants by increasing our exhalation. 



    These poisons are divided into numerous groups: 


    • Mental poisons – examples include thoughts of conflict with another person or collective conflict, such as a desire to go to war with another country for whatever cause. 

    Fear, rage, hate, jealousy, attachment to misery, and other emotional poisons • Physical toxins, which are metabolic waste products that aren't eliminated. 


    • Toxic substances found in the environment, such as lead, nicotine, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and recreational drugs. 

    All of these poisons have a propensity to be kept and preserved in the body's "stale," "dead" places, such as around the joints or in adipose tissue, where there is only a little quantity of oxygen (fat). 

    Chronic illness may develop as a result of the building of these poisons, which causes a literal energetic death of some bodily parts before the whole organism dies. 

    In reality, the accumulation of toxins in particular tissues, as well as the concomitant loss of oxygen, is the leading cause of chronic illness. 


    We begin the initial steps toward restoring the body to its natural state of health by breathing deeply, expelling accumulated poisons, and inhaling oxygen. 

    There are a few more stages that must be completed. 



    The primary objective for practicing Ujjayi pranayama is to calm the mind, not for its physical advantages. 




    Why should the thinking be brought to a halt? 


    Yoga "Yoga is the stilling of the oscillations of the mind," says Sutra I.2. 

    "Only when the mind is still abides the seer in its true nature," says Sutra I.3. 


    A lake may be compared to the mind. 

    The surface of the lake is disturbed and ripples occur when thinking waves (vrtti) arise. 

    When you look into the water, all you see is a distorted version of yourself. 

    We witness this distortion all the time, and it's the reason we don't know who we really are. 

    This causes duhkha (suffering) and ignorance (avidya). 

    We may see who we really are after the thought waves have receded and the surface of the lake of the mind has gone calm for the first time. 



    Because the mind is entirely clear, we may reach identification with the thing to which it is oriented. 


    In yogic literature, the concept of stilling the mind's oscillations is referred to as mind arresting or mind control. 

    However, the phrase "mind control" is deceptive and regrettable. 

    Sages such as Ramana Maharshi harshly attacked it, claiming that to manage the mind, you need a second mind to control the first, and a third mind to govern the second. 

    Separate sections of your mind fighting for power over each other may lead to schizophrenia, in addition to endless regression. 

    It may progress to being a "control freak" in less severe circumstances, which makes for a miserable individual. 



    When ancient yogis understood that thinking (vrtti) and the movement of life energy (prana) occur simultaneously, they discovered a solution to this difficulty. 


    • "Both the mind and the breath are joined together like milk and water, and both of them are equal in their actions," according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    • "Where the breath is, the mind starts its activities, and where the mind begins its activities, the prana begins its activities."  We now understand that the mind and the breath work in tandem. 


    Directly influencing the mind is considered tough, but it is much easier to do so via controlling the breath. 


    The practice of Ujjayi pranayama smooths the passage of prana by extending the breath. 

    • It's critical to just breathe via your nose. 
    • Heat and energy are wasted when we breathe through our mouths. 
    • It will also dehydrate us excessively. 


    If the mouth is kept open, demons will enter, according to Indian mythology. 

    • Demons are said to be envious of the merit that a yogi acquires. 
    • I'll leave it up to you to decide on this point of view. 


    Keep in mind the link between breath and movement: 

    every movement is born from a breath. 


    Instead of moving with and after the breath, the breath should be the one who initiates movement. 

    We shall be affected by the breath like the fall wind picks up leaves if we practice this manner.



    Kiran Atma




    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




    What are the many styles of yoga breathing? 



    Some of the most common kinds of yoga breath to be aware of:


    1. Ujjayi or Ocean's Breath.
    2. Shitali pranayama or chilling breath. 
    3. Sitkari pranayama or hissing breath.
    4. Brahmari or humming breath. 
    5. Bhastrika or bellows breath.
    6. Surya Bhedana or sun breath. 



     

    What is Three-Part-Breath and how does it work? 


    Three-Part Breath – helps you to breathe fully and totally, and is generally the first breathing method taught to beginning yoga practitioners. The abdomen, diaphragm, and chest are the "three parts." You first totally fill your lungs and chest during Three-Part Breath. 



    Is yoga breathing beneficial to your health? 


    Controlled breathing, such as the one you just did, has been proved to lower stress, improve alertness, and strengthen your immune system. Yogis have utilized breath control, or pranayama, for ages to increase focus and vigor. 



    In yoga, how do you practice breathing? 


    As you walk at a moderate speed, practice taking long, slow, and deep breathes in and out through your nose. As you walk, try to lengthen your inhalations and exhalations. Count your steps with each complete intake and exhalation. For each inhale and exhale, aim for 10 steps or more. 



    What is the definition of complete yogic breathing? 


    As previously indicated, the whole yogic breath entails inhaling into three separate sections of your lungs. It is thus beneficial to practice the three steps separately before putting them together to perform the entire yogic breath. Inhalation and expiration are done via the nose with your mouth closed at all times. 



    What is Hatha yoga breathing and how does it work? 


    Ujjayi breathing, which roughly translates as "victory" breathing, is the kind of breathing that is often performed in most hatha yoga programs. This is not to mean that the breath should be violent in nature, but rather that it should have a consistency, resonance, and depth to it. 



    Is diaphragmatic breathing beneficial to your health? 


    It aids relaxation by reducing the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol on the body. It brings down your heart rate. It aids in the reduction of blood pressure. It aids in the management of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD). 



    When it comes to yoga breathing, which stage prepares the body for meditation? 


    Yoga's essential component is pranayama, or breath control. Yoga postures and meditation are commonly used in its practice. Pranayama's objective is to enhance the link between your body and mind. According to studies, pranayama might help people relax and be more focused.



    Hinduism - Who Is A Yogi?

     



     In practice, the term "yogic adept" refers solely to a yogic adept—someone who "possesses" yoga in the sense of mastering it—rather than to someone who just does yoga.

    True yogis are often thought to possess superhuman abilities (siddhi) as a result of their lengthy spiritual growth, which they may and will use for the benefit of their disciples—for physical cure, psychiatric assistance, or spiritual and mundane advice.

    The yogi is seen as a spiritually developed individual, and their authority is entirely based on this attribution, which, ironically, is not susceptible to external proof.

    As a result, there are major differences of opinion over whether or not someone is a yogi.


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    Hinduism - Who Is A Jogi?

     


     (adept) (variant of yogi) An appellation for ascetics of many kinds.

    It often refers to the Nathpanthis, disciples of Gorakhnath, the instructor.

    The fact that yoga, especially hatha yoga, is one of the key foci in their religious life has earned them the moniker "yogis." 

    The Aghoris may also be referred to by this word.

     


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    13 Notable Yogis



    1. BRAHMAN SADASIVA

    One hundred and twenty years ago, Sri Sadasiva Brahman, a renowned Yogi, lived in Nerur, near Karur, in the Trichinopolly district. He wrote the books "Atma Vilas," "Brahma Sutras," and other works. He was in Samadhi at the time. Floods in the Cauveri river engulfed him, burying him in earth. His body was frozen under the soil for many months. The agriculturists plowed the ground, injuring the Yogi's head. A small amount of blood dripped from the wound. They were completely taken aback. They dug the ground up. Sadasiva Brahman stood up and stepped out from his Samadhi. Any obnoxious people once came to beat him with sticks. They attempted to lift their hands, but they were unable to do so.

    They remained as if they were sculptures. When he was walking about as an Avadhuta, he visited the Zenana of a Nawab almost nude. The Nawab became angry and used a large knife to sever his side.

    Sadasiva Brahman smiled as he walked away. The guy, according to the Nawab, should be a great Sage. He took the maiden's hand in his and walked after the Sage. “O my Lord!” the Nawab exclaimed on the third day. As a result of my folly, I had to cut off your wrist. Please excuse me.” With the other side, Sadasiva merely touched the cut piece. A new hand appeared. Sadasiva forgave and blessed the Nawab.


    2. JNANADEV 

    Jnaneswar is another name for Sri Jnanadev. He was the world's greatest Yogin of all time. He was born in Alandi, which is about seven miles from Poona. His Samadhi is already there. All suspicions are dispelled if one reads the Gita penned by him by the hand of the Samadhi. Lord Krishna considers him to be an Avatara. He merely touched a buffalo when he was a kid. It was a recitation of the Vedas.

    He had complete command of the elements. When he didn't have a vessel to cook in, his sister baked bread on his lap. At the age of 22, he joined Samadhi while still alive. He drew up all of the Prana and surrendered his physical body to the Brahmarandhra. He started writing Gita commentary when he was 14 years old. His Gita commentary is widely regarded as one of the greatest. He was elected President by a large assembly of Sanskrit Pandits in Benares.


    3. SWAMI TRILINGA

    Sri Trilinga Swami of Benares, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, lived in the 1950s. He existed for a total of 280 years. In Manasarovar, he made his Tapas (Tibet). He was once seen by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Benares. When he first came in for Tapas, he took some money with him. He opened a milk shop and gave away free milk to the homeless, Sadhus, and Sannyasins. He used to remain under the Ganga for up to six months at a time. He used to sleep with his foot over the Sivalinga in Kashi Visvanath's Temple. He once snatched the Governor's sword and hurled it into the Ganges. When the Governor ordered it back, he dove into the sea and returned with two knives, which the Governor couldn't spot. Any nefarious characters sprayed lime-water into his mouth. Sang Pachar Kriya immediately pumped it out of his anus.


    4. GORAKHNATH 

    Sri Gorakhnath, like Sri Jnanadev of Alandi, was a brilliant Yogi. Suraj, a Brahmin, lived in Chandragiri village, on the banks of the Godavari. Sarasvati was the name of his wife. They didn't have any girls. Yogi Matsyendranath went to Suraj's house for Bhiksha. Sarasvati pampered the Yogi with delicious food and Sraddha. She cried in front of him because she didn't have a kid. Yogi Matsyendranath blessed her with a pinch of holy ash and child blessings. She gave birth to a son afterwards. When Matsyendranath was twelve years old, he returned to Sarasvati and took the boy with him. He dispatched the youngster to Badrinarayan to perform Tapas. Apsaras and other Devatas descended upon him to molest him. He remained steadfast and triumphed over all temptations. He possessed incredible Siddhis. Matsyendranath also gave Gorakhnath, his disciple, all of his powers and Vidyas.

    Sri Gorakhnath went to Badrinarayan in his 12th year and performed Tapas for 12 years, surviving solely on air. Gorakhnath had incredible Yogic abilities. Gorakhnath took the form of a lady by his Yogic powers and entered the inner apartments of the palace when his Guru Matsyendranath entered the dead body of a Raja (Parakaya Pravesh) to follow the instructions of Sri Hanuman to bear an offspring for a certain Rani (Kamarupa Siddhi). In another case, he created a clay toy child and gave it to the children of a particular village as a playmate. He turned a part of a mountain into gold and then returned it to its original state. On a rock, he urinated. It was transformed into gold. He fed everyone by spreading only leaves in a Kumbhamela on the banks of the Godavari, but he served various rich meals to everyone's taste. In the same Mela, he gradually shrank in size and took the shape of a mosquito (Anima Siddhi). He burned himself to ashes with his own Yogic strength and reverted to his original form. He completed Akasagamanam (walking in the sky). In this way, he was able to do several Siddhis. His disciple was Raja Bhartrihari.


    5. SWAMI KRISHNA ASHRAM

    At Daroli village, 14 miles below Gangotri, the Ganges' source, Swami Krishna Ashram is a living saint. He's been living there for the past eight years, naked in an icy area where an average man would need a woollen coat, a Gothma, and a half-dozen blankets. He was a Siva Bhakta, a devotee of Siva. He threw away all of his Puja vessels and traveled to Varanasi, where he took Sannyasa and stayed for a year. After that, he went to Hardwar and abandoned the Danda to become an Avadhuta. He was also in Uttarkashi. When he was bitten by sharp, large flies and blood was dripping from his body, he would never harass the flies. His stamina was incredible. Once in the Kshetra, an ignorant servant mocked him by pouring very hot Dhal on his hands for not carrying any vessel for Dhal. Swami Krishna Ashram drank the Dhal despite his scalded lips and paws.

    Another Swami by the name of Bhuma Ashram lives in Daroli in a naked state. Krishna Ashram considers him a mentor.

    Both Sadhakas must possess Titiksha, or the strength of stamina. This is one of Sadhana Chatushtaya's sixfold virtues. Read Chapter II of the Gita, Slokas 14 and l5. Titiksha, you will realize the significance of this virtue.


    6. YOGI BHUSUNDA

    Among the Yogins, Yogi Bhusunda is one of the Chiranjivis. He was an expert in the art of Pranayama. He is said to have constructed a large nest, resembling a mountain, on the southern branch of the Kalpa Vriksha, near the Mahameru's northern summit. This was Bhusunda's home. He was a Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Trikala Jnani Tri He could stay in Samadhi for as long as he wanted. He lacked interest.

    He had ascended to the level of supreme Santi and Jnana. He was there, blissed out by his own Self, and he is still there as a Chiranjivi. He knew everything there was to know about the five Dharanas. By using the five techniques of concentrating, he had found himself immune to the five elements. It is said that when all twelve Adityas scorch the earth with their fiery rays, he would reach up to the Akasa through his Apas Dharana. He'd be in the Akasa via Agni Dharana as fierce gales shattered the rocks to splinters. When the earth and the Mahameru were submerged, he would float on top of them by Vayu Dharana.



    7. TIRUMULA NAYANAR

    In Kailas, Tirumula Nayanar was a brilliant Yogi. Through the grace of Nandi, Lord Siva's Vahana, he possessed all eight great Siddhis. He was Agastya Muni's mate. He traveled from Kailas to Varanasi and remained there. He then traveled to Chidambaram, Tiruvavaduturai, and other nearby towns. He went to Tiruvavaduturai's temple to worship Lord Siva and remained there for a while.

    He once visited a garden on the Cauveri River's shores. He discovered the remains of a caretaker of a herd of cows there. He found that all of the cows had gathered around the cowherd's body, weeping bitterly. Tirumular's heart was moved by this. He felt terrible for the cows. He left his body in a certain location and joined the cowherd's dead body. Throughout the day, he looked after the cows and returned them to their homes. The cowherd's widow, who was unaware of her husband's death, hosted Tirumular, who was dressed as her husband's actual body. Tirumular turned down the bid. He desired to return to his own body. When he went looking for his body, he didn't find it where he expected it to be. And he realized it was all due to Lord Siva's goodness. He then went to Avaduturai with the cowherd's body and sat underneath an Asvattha tree on the temple's western side, writing a precious book called "Tirumantram" in Tamil. It is a 3000 verse book that contains the Vedas' meaning.


    8. MANSOOR

    Mansoor was a Brahma-Jnani Sufist. Four hundred years before, he lived in Persia. “Anal-haq! Anal-haq!” he kept chanting. This refers to the Vedantins' "Soham" or "Aham Brahma Asmi." The Badshah received reports that Mansoor was an atheist (Kafir) who was always saying "Anal-haq." The Badshah erupted in frustration. Mansoor was to be cut into sections, he ordered. His commands were carried out. And back then, the flesh fragments were uttering "Anal-haq." Since he was a full-fledged Samadhi Jnani and had complete identification with Brahman, he felt no harm. He was unconcerned with his appearance. The bits of flesh and bones were then thrown into the flames and reduced to ashes. Even back then, the ashes said, "Anal-haq." Throughout his life, he performed several miracles. Even Jnanis have the ability to perform miracles if they so wish and deem it appropriate for the situation. Sadasiva Brahman and the other Jnanis performed miracles. Every day, reflect on the lives of great men. You'll make it on the spiritual journey.


    9. MILAREPA

    Milarepa had been deeply impressed since his childhood by the impermanence and transience of all circumstances of earthly life, as well as the sufferings and wretchedness in which all beings were submerged. To him, life resembled a massive furnace in which all living things were roasting. This filled his heart with such piercing anguish that he was unable to feel even a fraction of the divine bliss experienced by Brahma and Indra in their heavens, let alone the earthly joys and delights afforded by a life of worldly glory.

    In the other hand, he was so enthralled by the vision of immaculate purity, by the chaste beauty in the description of the state of perfect freedom and omniscience associated with the attainment of Nirvana, that he didn't care if he died in the search for which he had set out, endowed as he was with full faith, keen intellect, and a heart overflowing with all-pervading awe.

    He was able to demonstrate transcendental knowledge in the control of the ethereal and spiritual nature of the mind by soaring across the sky, walking, sitting, and sleeping on the air until obtaining transcendental knowledge in the control of the ethereal and spiritual nature of the mind. He could also create fires of fire and springs of water from his body, as well as convert his body into whatever entity he wished, persuading nonbelievers and leading them to religious pursuits.

    He was flawless in the four stages of meditation, and as a result, he was able to project his subtle body and be present as the presiding Yogi in twenty-four holy places where gods and angels congregate like clouds for divine communion.

    He had the ability to direct gods to elementals and have them carry out his orders instantly, in order to complete all tasks. He was a master of spiritual abilities. He was able to traverse and frequent all of the Buddhas' myriad holy paradises and heavens, where the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas reigning therein favored him with Dharma discourses and listened to his in exchange, such that his travels and sojourns there sanctified the heaven-worlds.


    12. BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON

    Napoleon Bonaparte was a highly focused person. His popularity was entirely due to his ability to concentrate. He had a variety of illnesses, including epileptic episodes, Brady cardia, and so on. He would have been much more effective if not for these afflictions. He was free to sleep wherever he wanted. He'd start snoring as soon as he got into bed. He'd wake up at the same second the alarm clock went off.

    It's a form of Siddhi. He didn't have any Vikshepa or shilly-shallying on him. He possessed a Yogi's highly evolved Ekagrata. He could pull any single idea from the brain pigeon-hole, focus on it for as long as he wanted, and then push it back until he was done. In the middle of a busy war, he will sleep soundly at night and never worry. This was all due to his ability to focus.

    Concentration has the ability to do something. Nothing can be accomplished without mental focus.

    Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone and Balfour possessed a high level of mental acuity. They will fall asleep as soon as they went to bed. Make a mental note of the phrase "at this very moment." They'd never throw a ball.


    As in the case of worldly people, for perhaps 15 to 20 minutes in bed. Consider how tough it is to fall asleep quickly after lying down. They had complete say of their sleeping patterns. They could even get out of bed whenever they wanted without the use of an alarm clock. Sleeping and waking up at the same time is only one indication of the influence of focus to a certain extent. Some people can fall asleep immediately after a long day's work, but they are unable to rise at the prescribed time. This is also an example of a very common occurrence. Concentration allows us to do miracles.


    11. KABIR'S TEACHINGS

    Kabir once tied a large pig to the front post of his house's verandah. Kabir invited an orthodox Brahmin Pundit to his home to discuss a philosophical problem. In front of the building, he saw a pig. He was agitated, impatient, and frustrated. “Dear Sir, how is it that you have tied a nasty animal that eats human excreta so close to your house?” he asked Kabir. You \shave no Achara. You are a scumbag. You are unfamiliar with the Shastras. You are illiterate.” “O Shastriji, you are dirtier than I am,” Kabir answered. I've bound the pig to the front post of my building, but you've tied the pig to your mind.” The Brahmin was irritated and left without saying anything. “If the mind is pure, you will find the Ganges in the cup,” says Man changa katorie me ganga. The value of mental purification cannot be overstated. Nothing will be accomplished on the spiritual journey without it.


    12. A FRAUDULENT LATIN SCHOLARSHIP

    To learn Latin, a certain man went to a Latin teacher. He spent a week with the instructor.

    He found that the majority of the terms had a ‘o' at the top. He believed he needed to add the letter 'o' to the end of every word. He was fluent in English. He assured the teacher that he learned Latin and, with the teacher's permission, he returned to his hometown. He arrived at his home and tapped the handle, saying, "O, dear-o, wife-o, open-o, door-o." He assumed it was all in Latin.

    Many scholars in Yoga and Vedanta are close to the learned Latin scholar mentioned above. They remain in the Ram Ashram Library or with Sadhus for a few days, learning the names Kundalini, Mula Chakra, Nadi, Pranayama, Maya, or Pratibimbavada, and then moving from place to place. Yoga and Vedanta are philosophies that can be practiced for 12 years under the guidance of a Guru. Then only one person would be able to master the subjects. Yoga and Vedanta can never be seen as a source of income. One need not mix with worldly people after learning a few words about Yoga and Vedanta. Perfection of Yoga needs a lot of practice time under the guidance of a great teacher.


    13. AN ASPIRANT'S STORY

    An aspirant approached a Gorakhnath Panth Mahant. Those who worship Gorakhnath wear large black celluloid or glass earrings. The Mahant pierced the aspirant's head, installed large earrings, and bestowed upon him the lovely name Yogi Ishvarananda. For three months, he stayed in the Ashram. He didn't make any moral strides. “This is not the proper path,” he thought to himself. Let me take a different route.” He then left the Ashram, wandered through dense jungles, and approached a Fakir, begging for initiation. The Fakir circumcised him, gave him a Mantra, and sent him on his way.


    I requested that he grow a long beard. This did not please him either. Take a look at this bad aspirant's pitiful state. The ulcers in the ears have not yet recovered. He was in a lot of discomfort due to septic inflammation. There was a lot of pus coming out. He was still in a disturbed state of mind, and this situation further added to his fears. He commented thoughtfully that this was not the way to find the Guru. He made the clear decision that he would not wander, that he would stay in one solitary location and practice Tapas with continuous prayers to God. He chose a location and performed Tapas with honesty. This cleansed him and prepared him for the next stage. After a two-year time, a Guru emerged in front of him and introduced him into the profound mysteries of Yoga. Aspirants today are doing the same thing, hopping from place to place in search of a Guru. It's pointless. They must purify themselves in order to live a Yogic life. And if they come into touch with an Avatara by accident, they would not gain much if they do not have a solid base for a Yogic existence.


    OTHER YOGINS

    The yogi maintains mental power over the organs and functions of the body through different activities. He sculpts his body as though it were concrete. In front of the King, a Swami in London demonstrated how to stop his heart. A large number of capable doctors were present at the time and treated him. Desabandhu halted the radial and temporal pulses on both sides at will in 1926, as well as the heart's beatings for a brief while. 

    In the Bombay Medical Union, he staged a protest. Hatha Yogi Hari Das, who buried himself underneath the earth for forty days after closely closing his nose, lips, ears, and eyes with wax, came back alive in Maharajah Ranjit Singh's Court in Lahore. Gunangudi Mastan, a Mohammedan Yogi, was buried in Madras.

    Any Yogins are able to glide. Khechari Mudra is to blame for this.

    Yogi Pratap was doing Viparitakarani Mudra at the time. Onlookers were asked to cover his head with mud on both directions. He stayed in that spot for the whole two hours. In Varanasi, German traveller Paul Deussen observed this firsthand. Varanasi's Sri Swami Vishuddhananda once brought a dead sparrow back to life. 


    For a true Yogi, nothing is unlikely.