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Origin of Yoga [ s1:s1 ]

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Fundamentally a spiritual practice, yoga represents the utmost bestowment upon humanity. Nevertheless, the benefits of Yoga remained exclusive to a privileged few for centuries. This article aims to examine the practice of Yoga during the Pre-Classical or Vedic period, with particular emphasis on its mentions in significant sacred texts.The historical advancement of Yoga during the Pre-Classical era underscores its enduring importance, which can be ascribed to the remarkable outcomes it has generated in eliciting the latent capabilities of individuals.


 This lineage of yoga originates with Hiranyagarbha, an entity that is alluded to in the Rigveda.


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"Hiranyagarbha yogasya nanyah vakta puratanah” ‘Yoga started from the golden womb, that which was never talked about before’. Hiranyagarbha is the source of manifested Universe. There is a full hymn com prising of ten mantras in RigVeda, whose seer (drshta) is Hiranyagarbha.


Hiranyagabha proves to be a seer, who directly experienced the reality.

The Vedas have been divided into four styles of texts:


  • The Samhitas (mantras and benedic tions)

  • The Brahmanas (text on rituals, cere monies, sacrifices, and symbolic sacrifices).

  • The Aranyakas (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies, and sacrifices).

  • The Upanishads (text discussing med itation, philosophy, and spiritual knowledge).


A collective study of Vedas and later text suggests that the compilation of Samhitas and associated Vedic texts were far larger than currently available. However, most have been lost over a period of time.



To be continued...




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