Hatha Yoga Pradipika


Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Light on Hatha Yoga
Including the original Sanskrit text of the Hatha Yoga
Pradipika with translation in English
Commentary by Swami Muktibodhananda
Under the Guidance of Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Light on Hatha Yoga

Swamiji on Hatha Yoga
In yogic literature, we have a number of reliable texts on hatha yoga. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama is a very well- known one. Another by Yogi Gorakhnath is known as the Goraksha Samhita. A third text is Gherand Samhita by the great sage Gherand. Besides these there is a fourth major text known as Hatharatnavali which was written later by Srinivasabhatta Mahayogindra. All these
texts are considered to have been written between the 6th and 15th centuries A.D.
There are also minor references to hatha yoga in the ancient Upanishads and Puranas. The Upanishads date back earlier than the Buddhist period, which was around the 6th century B.C. The references made in the Upanishads indicate that the science of hatha yoga was known well before this period. There is another very important text known as Srimad Bhagavatam, the story of Krishna.

In that voluminous book, there are references to hatha yoga in several chapters.
Evidence of hatha yoga has also been found in the pre-Colombian culture of the Americas. Even now, at St. Augustine, a southern province of Colombia in South America, there are large stone figures and carvings depicting hatha yoga practices. However, the systematic form of hatha yoga began to emerge in India sometime in the 6th century A.D. This gives us a glimpse of the historical aspect of hatha yoga. For centuries these books have guided spiritual aspirants. Many sects were
also formed in India, Nepal and Tibet on the basis of hatha yoga.

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