Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Pranayama: Breathing From The Heart

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

On a visit to the pilgrimage town of Rishikesh, overlooking the Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas, the author took classes with a wise teacher: a Hatha yogi called Ashish Das. Before sharing his vast learning on the Vedic heart, Ashish proposed the author takes lessons in Pranayama or yoga breathing. The authors first class on the Vedas began with special breathing exercises of concentration and restraint. Ashish almost chanted the six verses, raising up the Katha Upanishad in both hands as though it were a votive offering. And as he sang aloud the breath of his living person was like a medium in temporary possession by some other, some third, some departed person or thing, some timeless spirit writing and reading and speaking itself through him. The first mention of the guha, explained Ashish earnestly, occurs in a stanza where the Katha Upanishad broaches the question of self-discovery.

Keywords: Ashish Das; Katha Upanishad; Pranayama; Vedic heart

10.1163/ej.9789004183803.i-504.93
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004183803.i-504.93
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Traversing the Heart — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation