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Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

September 24, 2015

Srinivasaraghava Sridharan{S Sridharan was until recently the Managing Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai.  During his long association with KYM, he had the privilege of learning the nuances of Yoga Sastra directly under Yogi TKV Desikachar.  Sridharan is now an expert Yogi and a Yogic teacher.  In this series on Yogasutra, Yogi S Sridharan elucidates every aspect of YOGA.}

Another technique of meditation is explained. This is referred to as “Kechari Mudra” or “Unmani Mudra”.  

“Kechari Mudra” or “Unmani Mudra”“The Sambhavi and Kechari Mudra-s though differing in the position (of the eyes) and place (to which the attention of the mind is directed) bring about the bliss of absorption of the mind in the void, which is of the nature of Bliss-consciousness (Atman).” (HYP IV.38)

The position of the eyes in Sambhavi Mudra is outward while in Kechari Mudra the eyes are directed to the centre of the ‘eye-brows’.

The place where the mind is directed is Anahata Chakra (mid chest region) in Sambhavi Mudra while it is Ajna Chakra (middle of the eye-brows) in Kechari Mudra.

The difference in the places of the eyes and mind is to accommodate the differing status of the seekers.  For some one position may be more comfortable and easily forthcoming.  The teacher will decide on choosing the right position.  

This takes us to the point that the various techniques of Meditation with the same result is to bring the message that there are more than one technique in terms of position of eyes, direction of the mind, etc and one should choose the right technique to achieve the results.

The Atman here is referred to as ‘void’ in the form of blissful consciousness.

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Srinivasaraghava Sridharan

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