The consciousness immanent in physical creatures and the physical cosmos.
A statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life.
आज्ञा - ājñā
The sixth chakra or highest spinal center. The center of consciousness of enlightened beings.
अनाहत - anāhata
The fourth chakra or heart center. Expresses as love, for either the divine or the material world.
अपरप्रकृति - aparāprakṛti
The outer world that we can experience through the senses.
/ˈɑːsənə/ - आसन
The 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 … Read More
Ashtanga Yoga (literally “eight-limbed yoga”) is a system developed by the ancient yogic sage Patanjali oulined in his yoga sutras. It consists of eight progressive stages on the path to Self-realization.
The astral body is the type of body one possesses in the astral world, where most beings go after death. It is made of prana, or life force.
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
What Is the Meaning of AUM? 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 … Read More
/bhākti/ - भक्ति
Bhakti yoga is union with God through devotion. A bhakti yogi thinks of God in personal terms. This helps the bhakti yogi to awaken love for God.
विशुद्ध - bees shoo duh
The fifth chakra or throat center. Controls the voice and speech, and allows one to break through the veils of delusion.
Brahmacharya (Stage of Renunciation)
ब्रह्मचर्य - brɑːməˈtʃɑːrjə
The student stage of life. The first of four ashrams or stages of life in Hindu philosophy.
brahmanāḍi - ब्रह्मनाडि
The causal (deepest) spine. Raising one’s energy through the brahmanadi is the last test a yogi must go through to attain full union with the Divine.
BrAhmi-sthiti - ब्राह्मी स्तिथि
Absolute oneness with the Infinite.
System of four true castes or “races” of man. Based not on birth but on man’s natural capacities and goals of life.
A body made of thought or ideas, rather than physical matter. A causal body is very similar to an individual soul.
The world of ideas or thoughts. It is the most subtle of the three worlds, or the closest one to God.
Day of Brahma
ब्रह्मा - deɪ əv ˈbrəhmɑː
A period of one kalpa or a thousand mahayugas during which creation is manifested.
Gyana (Jnana) Yoga
/jñāna ˈjoʊɡə - ज्ञान योग
Union with the Divine through wisdom or knowledge of the Divine. It is also sometimes referred to as the path of discrimination.
What is Hatha Yoga? 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, … 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
jīvan mukta - जीवन्मुक्त
One who is inwardly free while living in this world.
मणिपूर - maṇipūra
The third chakra or lumbar center. Expresses as anger or fiery self-control.
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.
मूलाधार - mūlādhāra
The first chakra or coccyx center. Supports an attitude of either perseverance or stubbornness.
Night of Brahma
ब्रह्मा - naɪt əv ˈbrəhmɑː
A period of one kalpa or a thousand mahayugas during which creation is unmanifested.
niṣkāmakarma - निष्काम कर्म
Action without desire for the fruits of action that allows one to gradually and ultimately free oneself from the bondage of karma.
A supremely free soul that has been liberated from the actions committed by his soul in delusion during all incarnations.
Patañjali - पतञ्जलि
Who is Patanjali? Who is Patanjali and what does Patanjali mean 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 … Read More
Taken by one who wishes to make a greater commitment to God.
piṅgala - पिङ्गल
The Meaning of Pingala 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, … Read More
prāṇa - प्राण
What is Prana? What is the definition of 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 … Read More
ˌpränəˈyämə - प्राणायाम
The Definition of Pranayama 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 … Read More
Pratyahara is the withdrawing of the mind and senses from the objects of the senses. It is the fifth limb, or requirement, to attain full Self-realization as outlined in the Yoga Sutras attributed to the sage Patanjali.
Rajas (or Rajoguna)
रजस् - ruhj-uh s
The activating element of nature. That which represents movement between the two opposing sides of duality.
सहस्रार - sahasrāra
The seventh chakra or crown center. The center at which one attains liberation.
Sattwa (or Sattwa Guna)
सत्त्व - suht-vuh
The elevating quality of nature. That which lifts the soul toward divinity.
सेवक - seː.ʋək ˈɔrdər
A monastic order in relation to Ananda communities. Membership is comprised of single people as well as householders.
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
Heightened awareness; true wisdom.
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
स्वाधिष्ठान - svādhiṣṭhāna
The second chakra or sacral center. Controls sexual energy and creativity.
वनप्रस्थ - ˌvənəˈprəstə
The stage of partial retirement from worldly life. The third of four ashrams or stages of life in Hindu philosophy.
What Is the Meaning of Yagya? 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 … Read More