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Yoga Yājnavalkya 
by
Srinivasaraghava Sridharan
Chapter VII
Sage Yajnavalkya continues:
Foremost among the ‘twice born’, so far the first four angas of Yoga were explained.

  Now hear what is ‘Pratyahara’ which is of four types divided as ‘external’ and ‘internal’. By their very nature, senses moves towards objects. Pratyahara is to forcibly  draw them back. According to Yogis, Pratyahara is to see everything as ‘divine’ and whatever activities are to be done daily, by body or mind, they are done for the purpose of the ‘divine’.
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Here ‘Gargi’ is called as ‘twice born’ to indicate that she has initiated to the Veda-s in the appropriate manner. 
The four angas of Yoga so far explained are Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranyama.
The word ‘Pratyahara’ means to ‘withdraw’ ‘hold back’ and here it is the senses which are withdrawn or held back from going out due to attraction of objects. 
The foremost among the ‘Pratyahara’ is explained first and that relates to linking with the Supreme Being.
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22 November 2014

Yoga Yājnavalkya 

by

Srinivasaraghava Sridharan


Chapter VII

Sage Yajnavalkya continues:

Foremost among the ‘twice born’, so far the first four angas of Yoga were explained.   Now hear what is ‘Pratyahara’ which is of four types divided as ‘external’ and ‘internal’. By their very nature, senses moves towards objects. Pratyahara is to forcibly  draw them back. According to Yogis, Pratyahara is to see everything as ‘divine’ and whatever activities are to be done daily, by body or mind, they are done for the purpose of the ‘divine’.


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  • Here ‘Gargi’ is called as ‘twice born’ to indicate that she has initiated to the Veda-s in the appropriate manner. 
  • The four angas of Yoga so far explained are Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranyama.
  • The word ‘Pratyahara’ means to ‘withdraw’ ‘hold back’ and here it is the senses which are withdrawn or held back from going out due to attraction of objects. 
  • The foremost among the ‘Pratyahara’ is explained first and that relates to linking with the Supreme Being.

(More to follow)

22 November 2014