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In Yoga, concentration on objects gives power to the subject who is meditating. 1- Is it the object that gives power to the subject or the power are already in the mind and object only serves as points of reference to the mind? 2-Concentration without object is the only way to self-realization?

1. There is no power in either the object, the mind or the body. All power is only in the Atman (self), which is an indivisible part of THAT-Supreme.

2. Through concentration on an object, a minuscule part of THAT energy is focused through the nature of the desired object, manifesting as the same.

The Self is neither the subject, nor the object. It alone is the truth. Therefore, merging one's mind into the truth is the way to realize oneself. All other methods culminate into this.

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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