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Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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This 14th Century text, written by the sage Svatmarama, is the oldest significant surviving manuscript devoted specifically to the exposition of Hatha Yoga. Earlier texts all describe material that predates the foundation of Hatha Yoga, which was not established as a separate form until sometime around 700 - 1000 B.C.E. One earlier text, written by Gorakhnath himself, and called simply Hatha Yoga , was available in Svatmarama's day, and parts of it are reproduced in his Pradipika ; unfortunately, the earlier text is now lost. For more information, see History of Yoga. Hatha Yoga Pradipika consists of about 383 verses, divided into four sections, as follows:
1 asanas - Fifteen asanas are described; five are basic meditational positions, the rest are for spinal flexibility or deep relaxation. A few dietary guidelines are also given.
2 pranayama - Nadi suddhi is introduced to purify the subtle nadis; seven kriyas are given for the physical nadis.
3 mudras - Ten mudras are described in good detail;
4 samadhi - Three additional mudras are introduced (sambhavi and two related techniques), kechari-mudra (already discussed at length in section three) is further elaborated. Emphasis is placed on the various sounds (nada) that arise in sushumna nadi as the prana flows there; these sounds help focus the mind, and provide yogis with feedback on their progress in samadhi.
"As salt being dissolved in water becomes one with it, so when the mind dissolves into the Atman, it is called samadhi " (HYP 4:5) See also Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samhita

 

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