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Pratyahara "withdrawal" : sensory inhibition, the fifth limb anga of Patanjali's eightfold path. Puja "worship" : ritual worship, which is an important aspect of many forms of yoga, notably bhakti yoga and Tantra. Puraka "filling in" : inhalation, an aspect of breath control pranayama. Purana "Ancient [History]" : a type of popular encyclopedia dealing with royal genealogy, cosmology, philosophy, and ritual; there are eighteen major and many more minor works of this nature.

Purusha "male" : the transcendental Self atman or Spirit, a designation that is mostly used in Samkhya and Patanjali's yoga-darshana.

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Raja-Yoga "Royal Yoga" : a late medieval designation of Patanjali's eightfold yoga-darshana , also known as classical yoga. Rama : an incarnation of God Vishnu preceding Krishna; the principal hero of the Ramayana.

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Ramayana "Rama's life" : one of India's two great national epics telling the story of Rama; cf. Recaka "expulsion" : exhalation, an aspect of breath control pranayama. Rishi "seer" : a category of Vedic sage; an honorific title of certain venerated masters, such as the South Indian sage Ramana, who is known as maharshi from maha meaning "great" and rishi ; cf.

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Sadhana "accomplishing" : spiritual discipline leading to siddhi "perfection" or "accomplishment" ; the term is specifically used in Tantra. Sahaja "together born" : a medieval term denoting the fact that the transcendental Reality and the empirical reality are not truly separate but coexist, or with the latter being an aspect or misperception of the former; often rendered as "spontaneous" or "spontaneity"; the sahaja state is the natural condition, that is, enlightenment or realization.

Samadhi "putting together" : the ecstatic or unitive state in which the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation, the eighth and final limb anga of Patanjali's eightfold path; there are many types of samadhi , the most significant distinction being between samprajnata conscious and asamprajnata supraconscious ecstasy; only the latter leads to the dissolution of the karmic factors deep within the mind; beyond both types of ecstasy is enlightenment, which is also sometimes called sahaja-samadhi or the condition of "natural" or "spontaneous" ecstasy, where there is perfect continuity of superconscious throughout waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

Samatva or samata "evenness" : the mental condition of harmony, balance. Samkhya "Number" : one of the main traditions of Hinduism, which is concerned with the classification of the principles tattva of existence and their proper discernment in order to distinguish between Spirit purusha and the various aspects of Nature prakriti ; this influential system grew out of the ancient pre-Buddhist Samkhya-Yoga tradition and was codified in the Samkhya-Karika of Ishvara Krishna c.

Samnyasa "casting off" : the state of renunciation, which is the fourth and final stage of life see ashrama and consisting primarily in an inner turning away from what is understood to be finite and secondarily in an external letting go of finite things; cf. Samsara "confluence" : the finite world of change, as opposed to the ultimate Reality brahman or nirvana.

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Samskara "activator" : the subconscious impression left behind by each act of volition, which, in turn, leads to renewed psychomental activity; the countless samskaras hidden in the depth of the mind are ultimately eliminated only in asamprajnata-samadhi see samadhi. Samyama "constraint" : the combined practice of concentration dharana , meditation dhyana , and ecstasy samadhi in regard to the same object. Shakti "power" : the ultimate Reality in its feminine aspect, or the power pole of the Divine; see also kundalini-shakti. Shakti-pata "descent of power" : the process of initiation, or spiritual baptism, by means of the benign transmission of an advanced or even enlightened adept siddha , which awakens the shakti within a disciple, thereby initiating or enhancing the process of liberation.

Shankara "He who is benevolent" : the eighth-century adept who was the greatest proponent of nondualism Advaita Vedanta and whose philosophical school was probably responsible for the decline of Buddhism in India. Shiva "He who is benign" : the Divine; a deity that has served yogins as an archetypal model throughout the ages.

Shraddha "faith" : an essential disposition on the yogic path, which must be distinguished from mere belief. Siddha "accomplished" : an adept, often of Tantra; if fully Self-realized, the designation maha-siddha or "great adept" is often used. Siddha-Yoga "Yoga of the adepts" : a designation applied especially to the yoga of Kashmiri Shaivism, as taught by Swami Muktananda twentieth century. Spanda "vibration" : a key concept of Kashmir's Shaivism according to which the ultimate Reality itself "quivers," that is, is inherently creative rather than static as conceived in Advaita Vedanta.

Sushumna-nadi "very gracious channel" : the central prana current or arc in or along which the serpent power kundalini-shakti must ascend toward the psychoenergetic center cakra at the crown of the head in order to attain liberation moksha. Sutra "thread" : an aphoristic statement; a work consisting of aphoristic statements, such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutra or Vasugupta's Shiva-Sutra. Tantra "Loom" : a type of Sanskrit work containing Tantric teachings; the tradition of Tantrism, which focuses on the shakti side of spiritual life and which originated in the early post-Christian era and achieved its classical features around C.

Tattva "thatness" : a fact or reality; a particular category of existence such as the ahamkara, buddhi, manas ; the ultimate Reality see also atman, brahman. Turiya "fourth" , also called cathurtha : the transcendental Reality, which exceeds the three conventional states of consciousness, namely waking, sleeping, and dreaming. Upanishad "sitting near" : a type of scripture representing the concluding portion of the revealed literature of Hinduism, hence the designation Vedanta for the teachings of these sacred works; cf.

Aranyaka, Brahmana, Veda. Upaya "means" : in Buddhist yoga, the practice of compassion karuna ; cf. Poses by Anatomy. Poses by Level. The Yoga for You. Light on the Path to Spiritual Perfection: Kindle Store

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How-To Yoga Videos. In fact, all of the chakras should be transparent and white with a golden hue luminosity. And to imprint in them other coarser colors — this cripples them for a long time and seriously put obstacles in the way of practitioners in their further advancement. Or — also the malicious bid to accustom ourselves to the concentration in the crudest and most commonly contaminated head chakra ajna. And it also moves away from the real spiritual quest, that is, from the Creator, Who is precisely the Subtlest Consciousness. They also acquire a tendency to mental disorders.

Ajna chakra is one of the most difficult in the purification and refinement. Therefore, Krishna through the Bhagavad Gita offered to make special efforts to align its state on the model of Atmic Energy [ 8 , et al. The latter should initially be cognized through communication with the Holy Spirits and through working with the Kundalini [ 13 ]. And all this and similar malicious pseudo-spiritual dirt is associated in minds of some people with the word yoga, creating to the true teachings of yoga an appropriate i. Often these and similar distortions become popular — because of their extravagance — among young people especially.

And He is always active in helping all those, who sincerely and selflessly serve Him, to satisfy their desire to get closer to Him. In particular, He has led by the Straight Path of cognition of Him — the author of this book, who was able to ascend to the higher stages of spiritual growth. Now — from the achieved positions — it is easy to see and distinguish between true and false trends in spiritual search and spiritual knowledge. The first thing, I can suggest, is to consider the relevance of the proposed training — to the adducted above sequence of steps of the spiritual ascent.

In particular, I offer to determine the compliance of the proposed program to the ideas of the Hesychasm. The essence of Hesychasm can be described as follows: aspiration to the cognition of the Creator, which can become effective only on the background of inner peace. This peace can be found due to development of the spiritual heart. More on this — in our books and films.

The term Hesychasm is of Greek origin: hesychia — means an inner silence. But in the most detail, in a historical perspective of consideration, this subject was described by the Chinese Sage Lao Tse [ 8 , 17 ]. But to develop effective methods of the namely modern Hesychasm and explain its methodology in a popular scientific language — God has entrusted to us: Russian experts in the field of spiritual knowledge.

I also note that throughout history of mankind on the Earth, God approached the worthy spiritual seekers — regardless of their nationality, place of residence, and the local culture — to the same knowledge, including the specific methods of the self-improving. More about this can be read, including, in the book [ 9 ]. At the present time, God asks to provide with this Knowledge the population of all countries of the Earth. But this should not be done. The reason is that all people are quite different. And to read more about the application to them of the higher methods — it would be not useful for most of them: they — like little children — will not be able to properly dispose of such information.

And we must understand that souls differ not only in age and, consequently, the intellectual capabilities. But, more than that, because everyone, living in the material world, has accumulated certain virtues and vices — and it has become the quality of each soul. There are, in particular, hopeless degenerates — candidates for the destruction in hell.

There are also supremely advanced souls, but these people usually do not remember, how they themselves were mastering the spiritual Path — and so they do not know how to help worthy incarnate souls…. For the same reason, do not seek to create large groups for studies on the mastering of high and especially the higher levels of perfection: a large number worthy of such assistance — at a particular time and in a particular place — never will be.

There is an optimal order for presenting the spiritual knowledge: those, who wish this, are provided with general information about the situation in which they reside, having been incarnated on the Earth, and what they can do in this situation. But the moving speed — it is determined by each person for oneself: according to their own needs.

A good illustration of this is presented in the book [ 46 ], where the author critically talks about how her basic vital interests changed: the stage of love for cats, then it was replaced by love for houseplants…, but for God… so long there was no place in her life…. Such love is composed of a sincere desire for cognizing the main Beloved, for merging with Him and serving Him.

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But up to such a state the soul must grow in its development. Therefore, I can advise the following: study the relevant literature and other useful materials, build for yourselves plans to work on, strive to implement them every day! Also unite in spiritual advancement with other seekers! Working together — it is always more effective! And what is the most important — we must always listen to the instructions of God: He is the Main Teacher for all people, for each of us!

Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present. How God Can Be Cognized. Autobiography of a Scientist, Who Studied God. Forest Lectures on the Highest Yoga. Bhagavad Gita with Commentaries. Tao Te Ching. The Original Teachings of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Philip. I daily received fresh life, light and power from above. The Bible must be read as a whole, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, letting promise and fulfillment guide or expectations for what we will find there.

What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and…. There never was, nor ever will be, another like it. As there is but one sun to enlighten the world naturally, so there is but one Book to enlighten the world spiritually. May that Book become to each of us the man of our counsel, the guide of our journey, and our support and comfort in life and in death? A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet.

It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian. Face the book with a new attitude as something new. He does quite nicely for Himself. Through His holy and infallible Word — and the quiet obedience of His servants. This book is faith producing. It is hope awakening. It is death destroying, and those who embrace it find forgiveness of sin. I speak as a man of the world. No other deals with such grand themes. John Adams , our second President of the United States, used to read the entire Bible each year from cover to cover.