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1. I do 6 pranayams holding breath for 32 seconds. Can I increase the number of pranayams to say 10 or should I try and increase the number of seconds to 40?

2. I do the buddhist method of meditation of concentrating on the breath (tip of the nose), as I find it easier rather than concentrating on the point between the eyebrows. Your thoughts please.

Many thanks for your guidance,

1. 40

2. Any meditation is fine as long as it eventually leads to withdrawal of the consciousness from the Anatma (non-self) to the Atman (self). Any practice which does not lead to this objective is not meditation for self-realization.

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(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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