Īśvara Praṇidhānā – The Express Way!

Samādhi or Yogic Concentration is a tool that is employed to achieve Viveka Khyāti or discriminative knowledge. This knowledge aids in destruction of attachments, aversions and fears arising from Avidya or incorrect knowledge. As a result, an adept Yogi’s mind is established in clarity and tranquility. Sūtra 3.55 summarises this beautifully.

(Sūtra 3.55) sattva puruṣayoḥ śuddhi sāmye kaivalyam / Through purity the intellect resembles Consciousness or Self (Puruṣa) and leads to liberation (Kaivalyam).

Now, Yoga Sūtras say that there are three ways to get to Samādhi. Some people are naturally gifted with the ability to effortlessly get into deeper states of concentration. Samādhi come easy to them. Continue reading

The Power of Visualisation in Yoga

Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the canonical text of Yoga, considers visualisation an important technique. Its importance can be gauged by the real estate it gets in an otherwise terse work of just 195 sūtras (aphorisms).

Here are some of the aphorisms related to visualisation:

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