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Sivananda Yoga FAQ

Q 1: How to feel that one has attained perfect Nadi Suddhi?

A: Nadi Suddhi means purification of the nerves (Nadis). Nerve is not the correct English term for Nadi. There is no appropriate word for Nadi in English. Complete fast, preferably without any liquid or solid food, practice of Asans and Pranayam, and intense physical exercise– all go a long way in the elimination of fat and other unwanted matters and in the overhauling of the system to confer the benefit of Nadi Suddhi. Asans and Pranayam can purify the nerves, if done with the correct technique. When one attains Nadi Suddhi, the body becomes light. Stool becomes scanty. There is agility in movement and activity in demeanour. No trace of slothfulness or indolence can be detected. While walking, the body appears to be floating in the air. The tone of the voice changes from hoarseness or gruffness to mellifluence. Hopping, jumping and dancing while at work can be observed in one endowed with Nadi Suddhi. Something inexpressible forces the person to do this and to achieve something grand in his lifetime.

Q 2:  Why should God drive me to do a bad action?

A:  God never drives you to do any bad action. He is always the Sakshi or witness. Your own nature, your own evil Samskaras, force you to do actions. Svabhavastu Pravartate says the Gita (Ch. V-14), “You lack in Viveka or discrimination. That is the reason why you become a slave of passion.” God has given you Buddhi to check passion. Why don’t you use it then?

Q 3: The senses are generally turned outside. It is said that if they are turned inside, one will be able to attain Mukti. What is meant by turning them inside?

A: Now, for example, think of Lord Rama and repeat Ram, Ram. When you mentally repeat Ram, keep a picture of Ram. The senses will be withdrawn. Now the eyes run towards objects and the ears run to various sounds. When you repeat Ram, Ram loudly, the ears hear only Ram, Ram; and they will not run. The inner eye will see only Ram’s picture. The mind will be concentrated on God. It will not run towards objects. So, gaze within, introspect. You can do Pranayama also. Stop the breath. It is Prana that gives strength to the senses. You withdraw the Prana and try to centralize it so that the senses have no vigour to run outside. By gradual practice, the senses will be absorbed in the mind. The mind will be concentrated and will be absorbed in the Self. That is superconscious state, Samadhi. Practice daily.

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Remember and practice the three D’s—Discrimination (Viveka), Dispassion (Vairagya) & Determination. – Swami Sivananda

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BUDDHI -An aspect of the intellectual faculty: to understand: to know; to reason.

Buddhi is one of the four aspects of consciousness mind. Buddha is one part of the intellectual faculty, assisting the observer with the ability to “form and retain concepts, reason, discern, judge, comprehend, understand. The other three aspects of mind are manas (the perceiving mind), ahamkara (the ego) and chitta (feeling). The analytical process of the intellectual facility goes about its process of enquiry and investigation by categorizing the experiences of the World into these different.

Remember and practice the six S’s—Shanti (Peace), Santosha (Contentment), Satsanga (Association with Sages), Satya (Truthfullness), Serenity and Seclusion.

– Sri Swami Sivananda