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Yoga and the Upanishadic Tradition

Yoga is an ancient science which aims at the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humanity. The Upanishadic tradition is rich with the philosophy of Yoga. In fact, there are some Upanishads which wholly focus upon this ancient science. These texts are capable of enriching our perceptions on Yoga. Let us have a look at some of the most important Upanishadic ideas on Yoga.

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वे(वि)लियनाडु-क्षेत्र-माहात्म्यम्

The Greatness of Ve(i)liyanadu-kṣetra  Introduction:  A couple of verses in the śloka-vṛtta introduce this composition – क्षेत्रे विलियनाड्वाख्ये केरलेषु व्यवस्थिते। जातश्श्रीशङ्कराचार्यः निजमातृगृहे सुखम्॥ इति जानपदीं श्रद्धां समादृत्य चिरन्तनीम्। तद्गेह ...

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Vyāsa

The (‘great sage’) Vyāsa was born Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana (‘dark, island-born’) in a swirling mist on the Yamunā at Kalpi, in an illustrious heritage of knowledge and learning, the son of Parāśara and Satyavati, and great-grandson of saptaṛṣi Vasiṣṭha ...

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Work, Worship

मयि सर्वाणि कर्माणि संन्यस्याध्यात्मचेतसा। निराशीर्निर्ममो भूत्वा युध्यस्व विगतज्वरः ॥“Offering all actions to Me, with mind focussed on the Self, do your duty without ownership and desire for results.” I work in a Bank. I attend to the customers, collect ...