Identification with the perishable body is the greatest obstacle to Self-Knowledge, says Swami Sivananda in this very detailed synopsis of some of the most important points of yoga and vedanta. He discusses the 3 bodies, the 5 sheaths, the 3 states of waking/dream/deep sleep, the 6 changes the body goes through, the tattvas, indriyas, 5 pranas, the antakharana, and much more. A lecture not to be missed.
Swami Sivananda begins by recommending we meditate on Soham, and Aham Brahmasmi. He explains that the Brahmakara vritti is the form taken by the mind when it is about to lose itself in Brahman, and that it is not like ordinary vrittis of the mind. Find out more in this amazing lecture.
Swami Sivananda instructs us on the 7 stages of Jnana, also known as the 7 Bhumikas. He recommends we keep the Brahmakara vritti, the thought of Brahman, at all times – while walking, talking, eating… Meditate ceaselessly. Then you will ascend the 7 stages known as Subecha, Vicharana, Tanumanasi, Sattvapatti, Asamshakti, Padartha Bhavana, Turiya. He goes into some detail to explain these different stages. An excellent lecture.
Swami Sivananda tells us about the things that are Real, unchanging and absolute, as opposed to the things that are Unreal, changing and relative. He tells us our ultimate destiny and what the purpose of life is. You are the architect of your own fate. Everything is within.
Tantra is expansion and liberation of the soul and the mind. Dr. Nalini speaks about Tantra and Tantra practices. Dr. Nalini is a disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananada of the Bihar School of Yoga. She is teaching Tantra Meditation and other Tantra Practices. Interview at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany where Nalini is giving Training Courses in Tantra practices regularly.
At Yoga Vidya Germany the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is taught as an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course. Swami Atma is the main teacher for the 9-day Intensive in June/July of every year. In this Video Swami Atma speaks about what this Hatha Yoga Pradipika Course is about and what students can expect when taking this course. Infos on Seminars at Yoga Vidya More Infos on Yoga https://www.yoga-vidya.de/english/ More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Mudras, Bandhas, Meditation, Superconsciousness – these are the themes of the 3rd and 4th chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the most important of Hatha Yoga Scriptures. Swami Atma speaks about these chapters of this most important Hatha Yoga scripture. Information on Yoga Vidya and seminars at Yoga Vidya Germany https://www.yoga-vidya.de/english/ More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Prana, Purification, Kriyas and Pranayama – these are the main topics of the second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Prana means life force. Kriya means action, especially purificatory actions, cleansing actions. Pranayama are the breathing exercisres. Swami Atma talks about what this chapter is about. Most likely, the second chapter is the most important of this Hatha Yoga scripture. More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
Any serious Yoga practicioner and even more any Yoga Teacher should know the basics of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this scripture, the why and how of Yoga is explained, especially from the point of view of Tantra, Kundalini Yoga and Raja Yoga. In this Podcast Swami Atma speaks about the first chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In this chapter the Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical foundation and the Asanas are explained. This is a sound track of a Yoga Video Interview. Yoga Videos on http://my.yoga-vidya.org/video More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the most important of all Hatha Yoga scriptures. It is a Tantra Scripture. Swami Atma explains the meaning of this scripture. He mentions the other important Hatha Yoga scriptures. He talks about the author of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yogi Swatmarama. He explains the essence of the teaching of Swatmarama. The crucial teaching is: Hatha Yoga is part of Kundalini Yoga. It is a holistic spiritual system designed for spiritual development. Through Mastery of the Body one gets Mastery of the Prana. Through Mastery of the Prana comes Mastery of the Mind. More Info on Swami Atmaswaruparamananda on http://yoga108.org/
What is Tantra? What is the Meaning of Tantra? Which types of Tantra do exist?
Important questions – here a few answers:
What is Tantra?
– Tantra is a name for a group of spiritual traditions which worship the Divine in its Female Aspects
– Tantra works with energies and experience
– In Tantra everything is Divine
– In Tantra everything can be transformed into spirituality
What is the Meaning/Goal of Tantra?
– Tantra aims at realizing the Divine
– What Realizing the Divine means, is different in different Tantra Traditions
What Types of Tantra do exist?
white, red and black tantra:
– In White Tantra the Goal is Oneness with the Divine
– Red Tantra uses sexual and emotional techniques, is usually pleasure-oriented, but can also be directed towwards spritualising sex and emotions
– Black Tantra means energy techniques for power and money
Lefthanded and righthanded Tantra:
– Righthanded Tantra uses socially accepted techniques
– Lefthanded Tantra uses techniques which are in conflict to accepted social values and customs
There are many misconceptions and many different explanations about Tantra. Dr. Nalini speaks about Tantra and Tantra practices. She says: Tantra is expansion and liberation of the soul and the mind. Dr. Nalini is a disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananada of the Bihar School of Yoga. Nalini is teaching Tantra Meditation and other Tantra Practices. in India and Germany. This Yoga Podcast is part of an Interview at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany were Nalini is giving Training Courses in Tantra practices regularly.
Paramahamsa Satyananda (1923-2009) was one of the foremost disciples of Swami Sivananda. He was the founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. Nalini Sahay, one of his senior disciples, talks in this Yoga Podcast about this great Master, and how his guidance helped her in her spiritual awakening and inner development. Nalini is living in Delhi, she has a PHD and is using Yoga for helping people in need. She is teaching Yoga Nidra, Tantra Meditations, Pavana Muktasana, Prana Vidya and other techniques that she learnt from her Guru, Swami Satyananda. Thi Podcast is recorded in Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany where Nalini gives professional training courses regularly.