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Yoga Dictionary of Quotes ©
Compiled by R. John Allcorn

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From the Lakshmi Tantra: “the waking state...your mind is lucid and your five senses are directed outward toward the external world.” (12, p64)

Jainism begins with a serious concern for the human soul in its relationship with the laws governing existence in the universe, with other living beings, and to its own future state in eternity. First and foremost, it is a religion of the heart: the golden rule is Ahimsa or nonviolence in all parts of a person-- mental, verbal, and physical. Jains have deep compassion for all forms of life (internet source)

Jalandhara bandha (Chin lock):
During breath retention, “press the chin tightly against the top of the sternum... useful for removing or reducing stress, anxiety, and anger, and is an excellent premeditation practice” (6, p89)

“The individual soul in each person.” (6, p96)

Jnana mudra:
“Place hands on knees with the palms turned down and the three unbent fingers and thumb of each hand pointing at the floor in from of the feet...The index finger represents the jivatma (the individual soul in each person)” (6, p96)

Jnana Yoga:
Jnana yoga is “the search for real knowledge. Traditionally, this search begins by listening to the words of a teacher who explains the old yoga texts to his or her students. This is followed by reflection, discussion with others, and clarification of doubtful points, which leads to the gradual recognition of the truth and merging with it.”

Khaki mudra (Crow beak):
“Sit in a meditational pose and make a narrow tube b pursing the lips...inhale slowly and deeply through the mouth and then slowly exhale through the nose.” Effective in awakening the muladhara chakra and for cooling the whole body.” (6, 100-101)

“A spherical region around the navel enclosing the manipura chakra.” (6, p24) The kandasthana is the place where “the prana for the physical body enters from higher dimensions.” (6, p24)

(1) Work, deed
(2) Effect of a deed
(3) Law of causation governing action and its effects in the physical and psychological plane. (2, p39 [footnote]
) Sri Krishna: “If your heart is united with me, you will be set free from karma even in this life, and come to me at the last.” (2, p84)
“The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit Kri, to do; all action is Karma. Technically, this word also means the effects of actions.” (24, p1)
“Any work, any action, any thought that produces an effect is called a Karma.” (24, p97) "The theory of karma is the theory of cause and effect, of action and reaction; it is a natural law, which has nothing to do with the idea of justice or reward and punishment." (34, 32)
“The literal meaning of karma (as we encountered it in karma yoga) is work, but as a doctrine it means, roughly, the moral law of cause and effect.” (25, 64)

“Karma container” where “past deeds are stored” and is “part of our subtle body.” It is “carried with us from life to life.” (14, p80)

Karma Yoga:
The yogi of action is the karma yogi. Mahatma Gandhi was a karma yogi. In a comment on the Gita, Gandhi defined the perfect karma yogi: “He is a devotee who is jealous of none, who is a found of mercy, who is without egotism, who is selfless, who treats alike cold and heat, happiness or misery, who is ever forgiving, who is always contented, whose resolutions are firm, who has dedicated mind and soul to God, who causes no dread, who is not afraid of others, who is free from exultation, sorrow and fear, who is pure, who is versed in action yet remains unaffected by it, who renounces all fruit, good or bad, who treats friend and foe alike, who is untouched by respect or disrespect, who is not puffed up by praise, who does not go under when people speak ill of him, who loves silence and solitude, who has a disciplined reason. Such devotion is inconsistent with the existence at the same time of strong attachments.” (2, p142)
Karma Yoga is the path of selfless, God-dedicated action. (2, P39 [footnote])
“If you cannot become absorbed in me, then try to reach me by repeated concentration. If you lack the strength to concentrate, then devote yourself to works which will please me.” (2, p98)
“All work becomes equally and vitally important. It is only toward the results of work–success or failure, praise or blame–that he remains indifferent.” (2, p 139)
But in Karma-Yoga we have simply to do with the word Karma as meaning work. (24, p1)
“Karma-Yoga, therefore, is a system of ethics and religion intended to attain freedom through unselfishness and by good works.” (24, p121)

“The long-haired ascetic...[but]...can also refer to the sun.” (11, p28)

Khechari mudra (Tongue lock):
“Close the mouth and roll the tongue backwards so that the underside of the tongue touches the back of the palate. Take the tongue-tip as far back as possible without strain...and hold it there for as long as possible...This mudra has a subtle influence on the human body. There are various pressure points and glands in the cavity behind the palate which have extensive control over the activities of the body, and the secretions from these are stimulated by the folded tongue. Saliva is also produced, which removes feelings of thirst and hunger...the mudra helps to awaken the kundalini shakti, and also to preserve the vital energy of the body...When perfected, this practice can cause detachment of the astral body from the physical...This mudra is regarded as very important in the ancient yoga texts.” (6, 101-102)

Klesa (Klesha):
Translated by Desikachar as “Obstacles.” The Yoga Sutras name 5 obstacles: avidya, asmita, raga, dvesa, abhinivesa (1, p 165-6)

Krya Upaya:
One of the 4 Stages of Spiritual Practice (see above) Physical techniques which “include hatha yoga, postures, breathing exercises, selfless service, ritual worship, pilgrimage, fasting, and other techniques involving our body and physical actions.” (29, 76)

Kriya yoga:
“The yoga that we are practicing” [in this book] (1, p80) “Yoga of purifying action as taught by Patanjali.” p240 “The Yoga Sutra describes [kriya yoga] as the whole spectrum of practices known as yoga. Everything that we can actually practice is kriya yoga, and the Yoga Sutra names three aspects that together define kriya yoga: tapas, svadyaya, and isvarapranidhana.” Prabhavananda, Swami and Christopher Isherwood. The Song of God Bhagavad-Gita. The New American Library, Inc. N.Y. 1972.

Kundalini (Yoga):
“At the physical level, kundalini manifests as a higher voltage of energy conducted throughout the nervous system.” (6, p8)
“The awakening of kundalini is an experience which accelerates an individual toward the conscious fulfillment of his purpose in life.” (6, p8-9)
“A transcendental source of energy.” (6, 14)
“Kundalini awakening is indispensable for true chakra awakening.” (6, p41)
“Leadbeater emphatically stresses the need to develop selfless love and to devote time and energy to the betterment of society before indulging in practice designed to awaken the kundalini.” (6, 207) Rev. Charles Webster Leadbeater: The Chakras (pub. 1927) born in England 1847.

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