Chapter 1: Asana “Overeating, exertion, talkativeness, adhering esatto rules, being mediante the company of common people and unsteadiness (wavering mind) are the six causes which destroy yoga.” I:15
“Enthusiasm, perseverance, discrimination, unshakable faith, courage, avoiding the company of common people, are the six causes which bring success in yoga.” I:16
“Paschimottanasana is the best among asanas. By this asana the pranic currents rise through sushmna, the digestive fire increases, the abdomen becomes flat, and the practitioner becomes free from dis-eases.” I:29
“Closing the mouth, inhale with control and concentration through ida and pingala, so that the breath is felt from the throat esatto the heart and produces per sonorous sound.” II:51
“Perfection of hatha yoga is achieved when there is leanness of the body, tranquil countenance, manifestation of the inner sound, clear eyes, diseaselessness, control of bindu (semen/ova), vive digestive fire and purification of nadis.” II:78
Chapter 3: Mudra and Bandha “Therefore the knower of yoga conquers death by preserving the bindu (semen). ” III:88 “She is verily a yogini who conserves her rajas by contracting and raising it. She knows past, present and future and becomes fixed con khechari.” (ie consciousness moves into the higher realm) III:102
“The bindu and that rajas con one’s own body unite through the union by practice of vajroli, thus bestowing all perfections or siddhis.” III:101
“The yogi who moves the shakti regularly, enjoys perfection or siddhi. He easily conquers time and death. What more is there preciso say?” III:120
Chapter 4: Samadhi “When the mind ceases esatto be fickle and is united by fixing it mediante nada, it becomes immobile like a wingless bird.” IV:92
Release of the semen means death; conservation of seman is life
“One who desires complete dominion of yoga should thus explore the nada with an cadencee mind and abandon all thoughts.” IV:93
Commentary: LIGHT ON YOGA by Yogeswari
Written mediante 1350 by Nath Yogi Swatmarama, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP) is one of the four most important classical texts on Yoga philosophy, and the most recent one. The HYP follows as a continuum of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, clarifying and expounding on various points that are addressed per the Sutras. However, the HYP emphasizes that the mind cannot be controlled through the mind, but that absolute balance of body, mind and energy is attained through the purification of the physical body and finding access preciso the energy body.
When that union occurs, there is a great event con human evolution; the awakening of consciousness, the awakening of Sushumna Nadi (“ray of light”, central energy channel), which is the most important process for the Yogi.
The techniques described durante the HYP are puro reveal greater planes of existence and areas of consciousness. These techniques can reverse disease, old age and death, and can actually transform the dense physical body into particles of light. That is congruent with scientific findings that matter is energy and supplente versa. Importance is given esatto lineage and Guru: The important factor is your faith con Guru’s words and your obedience; then it does not matter whether his/her instructions seem right or wrong. They will be fruitful preciso you (HYP I.14). 10 Yamas (ethical guidelines) and 10 Niyamas (observances mediante lifestyle), verso secluded life, and several dietary restrictions are prescribed. The HYP is the first elaboration on concrete Asanas (body postures, “seats”) and their benefits. There are only 15, including Paschimottanasana, Mayurasana, Savasana and several sitting postures. Siddhasana is advocated as the most potent Asana, as it purifies all 72,000 Nadis (energy channels). Detailed instruction is given on Shat Karma Kriyas (internal cleansing techniques), which are a pre-requisite sicuro any other practices: Unless the physical molecules are transformed it is giammai use discussing compassion or unity (Foreword, HYP, Bihar School).