[Advaita-l] cakra-s in patanjali yoga

Kathirasan K brahmasatyam at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 01:53:19 CDT 2011


Kundalini Yoga traces its root from another source called the
Tantras/Agamas. Although we find passing references in the Upanishads, the
early Kundalini Yoga texts, which were mostly Hatha Yoga texts, were largely
of a different character. These texts are more esoteric when compared to
Patanjali's Yoga sutras (PYS). None of the early acaryas of the Hatha Yoga
tradition have quoted the PYS as authority in their texts. I have only
encountered two texts which are the Thirumanthiram (a tamil shaiva text) and
a Hatha Yoga Pradipika commentary called Jyotsna that have attempted to
synthesise the Kundalini Yoga of the Tantras and the Patanjali Yoga of the
Vedas. Interestingly the Thirumanthiram acknowledges that these are
different traditions but NOT antagonistic towards one another.


On 20 September 2011 01:35, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com
> wrote:

> >
> > 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!
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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