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September 26, 2015, Chennai

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Yoga Yājnavalkya
Chapter V
Sage Yajnavalkya continues on nadishodana:
Engaged in the duties assigned (svadharma), having a serene mind (shanti), choosing a place 
not crowded, naturally beautiful and moderate weather, wearing the religious marks, should 
prepare a seat with soft cloth, grass and deer skin.

Worship Vishvakshena (the God for removal 
of impediments) and the teacher (guru). Face East or North direction. Prepare the body 
through practice of Asanas. Then sitting with head, neck and body in alignment remain steady 
with the mouth closed. Gazing at the tip of the nose, visualizing a crescent moon, recite OM.
• The preliminary steps by way of preparation are given here. 
• It is clear that one need not give up activities assigned including employment. 
 ‘Svadharma’ means ‘Sva varna ashrama dharama’, which means “owns profession 
taken up and in relationship to the station of life.” That is one has to do the duties 
assigned to the profession taken up and choosing according to ability but following 
the righteous code. ‘Ashrama’ relates to the age. This is an ancient dictum but can be 
• Prayer makes mind calm. Directions also have relationship with mental status. 
• Doing Asanas are very important to make the body aligned, flexible and strong. 
• The position of head, neck and spine to be in line is also important. There is reference 
to this in Bhagavad Gita as well.
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26 August 2014

Yoga Yājnavalkya

 

Chapter V


Sage Yajnavalkya continues on nadishodana:

 

Engaged in the duties assigned (svadharma), having a serene mind (shanti), choosing a place not crowded, naturally beautiful and moderate weather, wearing the religious marks, should prepare a seat with soft cloth, grass and deer skin. Worship Vishvakshena (the God for removal of impediments) and the teacher (guru). Face East or North direction. Prepare the body through practice of Asanas. Then sitting with head, neck and body in alignment remain steady with the mouth closed. Gazing at the tip of the nose, visualizing a crescent moon, recite OM.


• The preliminary steps by way of preparation are given here. 

 

• It is clear that one need not give up activities assigned including employment. 

 

 ‘Svadharma’ means ‘Sva varna ashrama dharama’, which means “owns profession taken up and in relationship to the station of life.” That is one has to do the duties assigned to the profession taken up and choosing according to ability but following the righteous code. ‘Ashrama’ relates to the age. This is an ancient dictum but can be 

 

• Prayer makes mind calm. Directions also have relationship with mental status. 

 

• Doing Asanas are very important to make the body aligned, flexible and strong. 

 

• The position of head, neck and spine to be in line is also important. There is reference to this in Bhagavad Gita as well.

 

(More to follow)

 

26 August 2014