[Advaita-l] cakra-s in patanjali yoga

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 19 14:48:52 CDT 2011

Dear Vidyasankarji,

It is like this. Prakriti dances for the enchantment of the purusha and being under the influence of the Prakriti  the Purusha, for the time being, forgets that he was free. He realizes by the grace of his Supreme Self that he has to get back to (be united with) his  Supreme Self, where he came from, but for that he has to disentangle himself from the Prakriti by a process and that process is Yoga. This representation is faithful to the etymology of Yoga.  The Prakriti on realising that Purusha is no longer interested, ceases her dance. Thus Yoga helps the purusha in freeing himself from the wiles of Prakriti.  

As regards the Kundalini she is none other than Brahmi or Sarasvati or Brahma Vidya. When woken up she moves by the Sarasvati Nadi (or the Sushumna Nadi) and on her upward movement purifies the Chakras from Muladhara to the Sahasrara. Once all the uncleanness or the defilements in the Chakras  are removed the Jiva can see his true self. 


Sunil KB

From: Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>
To: Advaita List <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] cakra-s in patanjali yoga

> Then, one might suspect, that hidden under the hood of yoga 
> sUtra-s, lies the kuNDalinI yoga.

One should also note the upanishadic references to the nADI-s and
their being centered in the hRdaya in this context. 

However, what many find problematic is that all yoga is a means to
unite prakRti with purusha and that it is accomplished through raising
the kuNDalinI from the mUlAdhAra to sahasrAra. In all the centuries
of yoga and sAMkhya tradition, the emphasis has been that purusha 
and prakRti are two irreducible and separate principles. Liberation is
in the purusha realizing this fact and standing separate from being 
mixed up with prakRti (kaivalya). As such, it is completely novel, to 
say that yoga attempts to unite the two! 

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