The consciousness immanent in physical creatures and the physical cosmos.
/ˈɑːsənə/ - आसन
Meaning of asana: Asana (the third “limb” of Ashtanga Yoga outlined by the sage Patanjali) means to be seated in a firm, pleasant, and relaxed position. Paramhansa Yogananda said that asana means keeping the spine straight and the body relaxed. “Asana is a stage one must attain if he would continue upward to control the inner energy. One has truly reached … Read More
A world of energy rather than physical matter made of vibrations of light and color, where most physical beings go after death and before reincarnating. It is also full of astral beings, and is hundreds of times larger and more beautiful and joyous than the physical world.
An astrological bangle is a band worn next to the skin which counteracts negative energy from the planets. Astrology is the study of humanity’s response to the planetary stimuli, the positive and negative radiations from the planets. Planets do not in themselves help or harm, but they act as a channel for people’s karma. Children are born at a time … Read More
Aum (ॐ) is the vibration by which the Supreme Spirit brings all things into manifestation. It is the Holy Ghost of the Christian Trinity. Paramhansa Yogananda has explained that everything — all matter, all energy, all thoughts — exists in Aum. All major religions recognize this creative vibration, though they call it by different names. For example, the Bible calls … Read More
ईडा - Idā
On either side of the (astral or energetic, not physical) spine there is an energetic nerve channel, or nadi : ida on the left and pingala on the right. Energy automatically moves up the ida nadi, and down the pingala nadi, along with the breath. When prana, or energy, travels upward through the ida nadi, the breath is automatically drawn … Read More
Potent vibratory chant. The literal translation of Sanskrit mantra is “instrument of thought,” signifying the ideal, inaudible sounds which represent one aspect of creation; when vocalized as syllables, a mantra constitutes a universal terminology. The infinite powers of sound derive from AUM, the “Word” or creative hum of the Cosmic Motor.
piṅgala - पिङ्गल
On either side of the (astral or energetic, not physical) spine there is an energetic nerve channel, or nadi : ida on the left and pingala on the right. Energy automatically moves up the ida nadi, and down the pingala nadi, along with the breath. When apana, or downward-moving energy, travels down through the pingala nadi, its movement is related … Read More
ˌpränəˈyämə - प्राणायाम
Pranayama definition: Pranayama (prana = energy + yama = control) is a type of meditation technique that involves various ways of controlling the breathing, with the goal being to withdraw ones senses from the outside world. This helps one to raise one’s prana (or Kundalini energy in this case) up the deep spine to the spiritual eye or sixth chakra, … Read More
In its root form smriti means “memory” or “remembrance.” In spiritual terms, it is the or memory of our soul nature — thus it also means “divine memory.” Smriti is referred to in the Bible, which says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring … Read More
suṣumṇa - सुषुम्ण
The deep (astral or energetic, not physical) spine, through which Kundalini energy rises as a person advances spiritually. Generally, energy is not rising in the sushumna, but going outward through the senses. However, when one redirects this energy through pranayama techniques, it rises us through the sushumna to the spiritual eye, giving enlightenment. Kriya Yoga, a technique made popular by … Read More
Hatha Yoga, which literally means “union through discipline of force”, is a school of Yoga that stresses mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. Hatha Yoga has grown in popularity in the West as a form of exercise that develops strength, flexibility, bodily relaxation, and … Read More
prāṇa - प्राण
What is Prana? Prana can refer to energy, life, or breath. In other traditions, it is called chi or qui. Pranayama is a technique of breath control. Paramhansa Yogananda states in his Advanced Course on Practical Metaphysics: Prana means Life Energy. There are two kinds of Prana: Cosmic Energy, the source of all living things Specific Prana or energy pervading … Read More
Patañjali - पतञ्जलि
Who is Patanjali and what is Patanjali to the practitioners of Yoga? Patanjali in an ancient exponent of raja yoga and the author of the Yoga Sutras, a series of verses about the eight steps needed to attain Self-realization. No one knows when he lived or much about his life, although there are stories. Although Patanajali was a yogi raised … Read More
A sacrificial rite or performance of duty. It should be offered with devotion, without any desire for personal gain, and with firm belief in its rightness. Traditional yagas in Vedic culture were offerings of food, money, or cows for milk. They also were performed according to instructions written in Vedic scriptures. They were accompanied by other rituals such as prayers, … Read More