Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ramana Maharshi - Practise of Pranayama of Yoga and Knowledge

question : Is it possible to practise at the same time the pranayama belonging to yoga and the pranayama pertaining to knowledge?
Ramana Maharshi : So long as the mind has not been made to rest in the heart, either through absolute retention (kevala-kumbhaka) or through enquiry, rechaka, puraka, etc., are needed. Hence, the pranayama of yoga is to be practised during training, and the other pranayama may be practised always. Thus, both may be practised. It is enough if the yogic pranayama is practised till skill is gained in absolute retention.

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