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Nichole2010-07-04 20:37:15 +0000 #1
HathaPradipika of Svatmarama (Original Text, Transliteration, Translation and Notes),

by Swami Digambaraji and Pt. Ragunatha Shastri Kokaje

Hardcover Edition: 1998

Kaivalyadhama, S.M.Y.M. Samiti

ISBN 8189485121

My teachers have told me this is the only HathaPradipika that has a fifth chapter. This fifth lesson, or chapter, speaks of wrong practices and how to correct what results from wrong practice within a Yoga sadhana and Yoga chikitsa. I am only adding a few points from chapter five here and leaving all of their punctuation as it is written.

Lesson V

1. One who practises (Yoga) erroneously, contracts (diseases of) Vata etc. For the treatment of such diseases the (proper) course of Vayu is being explained (below). page: 179

It goes on to give many examples of diseases and their treatments.

skipping 2-22

23. Whenever there is affliction due to disease. filling that region (with Prana) one should hold it there. page: 188

24. Whenever fear, affliction or (other) obstacles (in the path of Yoga) arise, the Yogi well-verse in Yoga, should effortfully increase the practice of Yoga according to one's own capacity. page: 188

Namaste,


Pandara2010-07-04 20:42:23 +0000 #2
Hi Nicole,

Thanks for sharing this. It is also my experience that people who are not ready for hatha yoga, may be ready for karma or bakhti or one of the other yoga paths.

I belief strongly, like Swami Sivananda, in the yoga of synthesis, doing a little of all the yogas and to eventually find your niche. I have seen it so many times, people who are not ready for hatha asanas usually falls away by the second or third month of practice after starting as a beginner.

In my own classes I try to encourage people to visit the Divine Life Society in Johannesburg for satsang so that those who are not hatha yogis may find their path in bakhti for example. At the ashram they may also find other forms of yoga such as karma, japa or tantra, which will benefit them more.

It sadens me if people just fall away from yoga path completely because there is no alternative available to them. On the other hand there are people who are just not ready for any yoga and one should recognise that as well.
Hubert2010-07-04 20:58:42 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Nichole



24. Whenever fear, affliction or (other) obstacles (in the path of Yoga) arise, the Yogi well-verse in Yoga, should effortfully increase the practice of Yoga according to one's own capacity. page: 188

Well, I am about to do several tons of yoga than. Wait, let me see ... maybe I could do a little more. Com'on, let's bring it on !

Disclaimer: Do not try this at home !
Nichole2010-07-04 21:21:55 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Pandara



Hi Nicole,

Thanks for sharing this. It is also my experience that people who are not ready for hatha yoga, may be ready for karma or bakhti or one of the other yoga paths.

I belief strongly, like Swami Sivananda, in the yoga of synthesis, doing a little of all the yogas and to eventually find your niche. I have seen it so many times, people who are not ready for hatha asanas usually falls away by the second or third month of practice after starting as a beginner.

In my own classes I try to encourage people to visit the Divine Life Society in Johannesburg for satsang so that those who are not hatha yogis may find their path in bakhti for example. At the ashram they may also find other forms of yoga such as karma, japa or tantra, which will benefit them more.

It sadens me if people just fall away from yoga path completely because there is no alternative available to them. On the other hand there are people who are just not ready for any yoga and one should recognise that as well.

Pandara,

Have I already mentioned how grateful I am that you are sharing Yoga with the world? I am!

I find this especially difficult in the USA where people are always asking "What yoga do you do?" and what they mean is, "which asana practice do you do." Where is there room for a tender hearted Yogi who just wants to be dissolve in God's love and grace and not master asana? What about the Jana Yogi who desires to know God through the vedas, the sutras, and self-study, but feels like Yoga is not for them because asana is not for them. I am empathetic to these same sweet souls too, especially here in the USA, but really anywhere outside of India (meaning the rest of the world focuses much more on asana than those in India do)

I am not sure why we are like this, but I know the pain of trying to be an inward-looking Yogi and in outward-looking world. The smallish city that I live in has 15+ boutiques that sell $100+ yoga pants. There are a lot of folks who love to whip themselves into a rajasic, asana-fueled frenzy. And then they stop for an espresso drink on the way home

I must say, I love these folks too, because they are so familiar to me...this was me too once upon a time

I wanted to ask you for some clarification about the first line of your post: the ready for Hatha part. Do you mean that Hatha is the goal? Thanks!

With respect and love,
Pandara2010-07-04 20:56:16 +0000 #5
Hi Nicole,

To clarify: Unfortunately Hatha has become synonymous with the practice of asana, what I mean is people who are not ready or who are beyond or who may not need asana, but one of the other expressions of yoga, like jnana, japa, bhakti etc. Therefore no, Hatha is not the ultimate goal. I myself, although a teacher and although I like asana, I tend to be more a bhakti yogi and view myself as such.

Trust this helps.

Om Shanti and Namaste
Nichole2010-07-04 21:08:54 +0000 #6
Pandara,

Thank you. That does clarify it for me and for the other readers too I hope.

I cleared up the first line to my last post. What I initially wrote was so confusing...goodness.

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