Sunday, August 19, 2012

From ‘Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree (A complete biography)’ by Dr.Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee. Translator Joyati Kapur

To practice yoga-action, one must eat less and consume easily digestible food. Consuming excess food impedes yogasadhana. Hot, cold, pungent, spicy, bitter, stale food in their extremities should never be consumed ………. Five to six hours of sleep regularly is a must. Married people should have coitus twice a month. By this the mind is at rest and sadhana is also practiced well.

If a great deal of Kriya is practiced a deep engrossment arises and a sound can be heard within the occiput which is known as Nadabrahma.

After meals, one should lie down on the left side.

…….if anyone wishes to fulfill this human life, he has definitely to bathe in the three sacred streams within his own body. These three sacred streams are the three nerves – Ida, Pingala and Sushumna prevalent in every human being. They are respectively known as the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati.

Religion and irreligion, happiness and sorrow etc. are all functions of the mind, but the Infinite within you is devoid of everything.

……..when regular practice of Pranakarma stills Prana, sleep is not required thereby making a yogi accustomed of being in Samadhi for a long period of time in this manner. He does not require oxygen also. …….when a yogi through yoga action is capable to cease the function of each and every cell of his body, then he can exist without oxygen, exhalation is absent then. In this state thought the cells remain non-functional for a prolonged period they are not destroyed.

It is extremely difficult to be steadfast keeping the eyes in a raised position on the forehead above the nose between the eyebrows, but if one can remain in this manner the state of settlement or Samadhi can be attained.

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