Emphasis on shatkarma In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Emphasis on shatkarma

Emphasis on shatkarma
In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the first thing we see is that
Swatmarama does not worry at all about self-control and self-discipline
in the form of Yama and niyama. The order here is very different. He
begins by saying that you should first purify the whole body – the
stomach, intestines, nervous system and other systems. Therefore,
shatkarma comes first, i.e. neti, dhauti, Basti, kapalbhati, trataka, and
nauli. Hatha yoga begins with these practices.

After shatkarma you should practice asana and pranayama.

However, shatkarma alone does not constitute the whole of hatha
yoga. After shatkarma you should practice asana and pranayama. Self-control and self-discipline should start with the body. That is much
easier. Asana is discipline; pranayama is discipline; kumbhaka
(retention of breath) is self-control. Sit in padmasana (lotus posture) for
fifteen minutes. That is self-discipline. Why do you fight with the mind
first? You have no power to wrestle with the mind, yet you wrestle with
it, thereby creating a pattern of animosity towards yourself.

Emphasis on shatkarma In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

There are not two minds, there is one mind trying to split itself into
two. One mind wants to break the discipline and the other mind wants to
maintain the discipline. You can find this split in everybody. When this
split becomes greater, then we call it schizophrenia.

This danger was clearly realized by the authorities and masters of
hatha yoga. Therefore, they said, first discipline the body. They
explained what they meant by the body. The subtle elements (tattwas),
the energy channels (nadis), within the body should be purified. The
behavior of the vital force (prana), the entire nervous system, and the
various secretions in the body should be properly maintained and
After this one should go on to practice mudras like Cairoli, sahajoli,
khesari, shambhavi, vipareeta Karani, and others. In this way, it will be
possible to develop deep meditation. These practices will induce
pratyahara and lead to Dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.

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