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If its not too much asking, I would like to know your interpretation about this practice about yoga from   

"He who understands the Spirit and the Breath may live for ever; he who rigorously maintains the Empty and Non-existent may thereby nourish the Spirit and the Breath. Spirit and Breath are One; they come from Emptiness and Non-existence. From the disruption of Chaos until now they have never either diminished or increased. Wherefore it is said that the Spirit of the Deep is immortal. When a man is able to discard his senses of sight and hearing, and to abstain from understanding and knowing, this amounts to a rigorous maintenance [of the Empty and Non-existent], by means of which he nourishes [the Spirit and the Breath]. But if he recognises the Actual and the Existent he will be deceived, and he himself the means of shortening his own life."


You are the Atman (pure consciousness) who is infinite, formless and unseen. The Ego (through the senses) considers you non-existent & empty, with its limited understanding and non-understanding; while you really are  without a beginning or an end, full of the full without place for the empty in what people call emptiness...

Being full in such emptiness, unseen to the senses & the world, you are the void within the void and without the void, for there is nothing but the void. Is there anything deeper than such?

Spirit and breath are offshoots of this void, as is a beam of light from a lamp. Just as the beam of light never exists as compared to the lamp which projects or withdraws it, spirit and breath appear and disappear by the will of that power that exists without a beginning or an end.

Be the self, in the self, as the self, void within, void without, for there is neither he, nor she; neither life nor death there & everywhere.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.


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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