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' GORAKSHA SHATAKAM '

54. A Yogi always destroys diseases by Asanas; sin by Pranayama and mental disturbance by means of Pratyahara.

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53. In this way, Pranayama becomes like fire to the fuel in the form of sins. It is always called a mighty bridge across the ocean of sins by the Yogis.

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51. One should inhale breath slowly and exhale it likewise. One should neither retain breath more than enough i.e. not exceeding one's capacity to retain it, nor should one exhale it rapidly.

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|| 90 || Verse 90 When the air moves, the bindu also moves; when it is immovable, [the bindu also] becomes motionless, [and] the yoga practicioner obtains steadiness. For this reason, one should restrain the air. यावद् वायुः स्थितो देहे तावज्जीवो न मुच्यते । मरणं तस्य निष्क्रान्तिस्ततो वायुं निरोधयेत् ॥ ९१ ॥ yāvad vāyuḥ sthito dehe tāvajjīvo na mucyate | maraṇaṁ tasya niṣkrāntistato vāyuṁ nirodhayet

|| 91 || Verse 91 As long as the air stays in the body, so long it is called life; its departure is death. For this reason, [one should] restrain the air. यावद् बद्धो मरुद् देहे यावच्चित्तं निराकुलम् । यावद् दृष्टिर्भ्रुवोर्मध्ये तावत्कालभयं कुतः ॥ ९२ ॥ yāvad baddho marud dehe yāvaccittaṁ nirākulam | yāvad dṛṣṭirbhruvormadhye tāvatkālabhayaṁ kutaḥ

|| 92 || Verse 92 As long as the air is restrained in the body, the mind is without movement, the gaze is between the eyebrows, so long where is the fear of death? अतः कालभयाद् ब्रह्मा प्राणायामपरायणः । योगिनो मुनयश्चैव ततो वायुं निरोधयेत् ॥ ९३ ॥ ataḥ kālabhayād brahmā prāṇāyāmaparāyaṇaḥ | yogino munayaścaiva tato vāyuṁ nirodhayet

|| 93 || Verse 93 That is why, out of the fear of death, even the Lord of Creation Brahma is engaged in the control of the vital air, as well as the yogis and sages. Therefore, one should suppress the movement of the vital air.

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"When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady;
When the breath is still, all is still;
Remain aware of the phenomena of breath, carefully.
Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body,
Retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity,
Exhalation purifies the body and emotional spirit."

- Goraksa Sathakam

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“That Supreme Light, where the threefold Creative Power resides, [as] action, desire, and knowledge, [and as] Brāhmī, Raudrī and Vaiṣṇavī, is Om.”

- Mahasiddha Gorakhnath

" Goraksha Shataka (1.86m) "

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Gorakhnath (often called Goraksha, Gorakshanath, or simply Gorakh) is an elusive figure historically. He is many things to many people.

Gorakhnath is traditionally said to be the originator of Hatha Yoga, the yogic system of asanas (physical postures) that are part of the Tantric alchemical process of physical perfection and energetic awakening.

He is one the semi-divine Siddhas and is considered to be the founder of the Nath Siddha lineages, the supreme guru of the Gorakhnathi Jogis. For some Gorakhnath is no less than an incarnation of Shiva himself.

Gorakhnath is also a lineage bearer of Buddhist Tantra in Tibet.

Gorakhnath is said to be the author of the Goraksha Paddhati ("Track of Goraksha" -- also called the Goraksha Samhita, a foundational treatise on esoteric Hatha Yoga, translated in Georg Fuerstein's excellent book The Yoga Tradition), Goraksha Shataka ("Goraksha's 100 Verses") , and several other works.

A traditional story is told about the appearance of Gorakhnath. He was not born in the normal sense. A holy man named Matsyendranath used to go door-to-door to beg for food and, in exchange, offered blessings and wisdom. At one house, the woman asked if she would ever have a child. Matsyendranath gave her some holy ash and said if she swallowed it she would have a child. The woman told her neighbor who derided her naivete in believing such things, so she threw the ash away on a dung heap. Twelve years later, Matsyendranath returned and asked how the child was doing. The woman confessed what she had done with the ash. The holy man went to the dung heap and prayed, calling to the boy. A beautiful 12-year-old boy emerged. Matsyendranath took the boy with him. That boy was Gorakhnath.

The name Gorakh means "protected by the earth," since it was the earth, in the form of a dung heap, that nurtured him.

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The mind itself is the abode of the good as well as of the evil.
One may either let the good prevail or may allow free play to the evil instincts.
This mind is pure and pious only when it lets the good in it prosper.
If the mind promotes the evil instincts residing in it then it becomes impure and impious.
Yoga is the means by which the mind can be trained to promote and sustain the good instincts.

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Goraksa says he who chants the name vocally or non-vocally,
meditates, controls the five senses from their pleasures
and burns his body in the holy fire of Brahma
finds Mahadeva.

The mind is dull and fails to comprehend the secret of the the path of yoga.
It is very capricious and is always engaged in mischief,
thus causing a man to drift away
from the true path.

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The mind is dull and fails to comprehend the secret of the the path of yoga.
It is very capricious and is always engaged in mischief,
thus causing a man to drift away
from the true path.

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Goraksa says he who chants the name vocally or non-vocally,
meditates, controls the five senses from their pleasures
and burns his body in the holy fire of Brahma
finds Mahadeva.

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Goraksa says-- Om Siva Goraksa Yogi is the mantra,
which is the substance of all true joys.
One should repair to a solitary place and chant this mantra so devoutly
that he becomes oblivious of his own body.

Om Siva Goraksa Yogi--
this auspicious mantra contains measureless sakti.
It is so powerful that even sinners of the worst kind have attained moksa
just by chanting this mantra.

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Goraksha says: Listen, O Avadhuta, this is how you should lead your life in this world.
See with your eyes, hear with your ears but never speak.
Just be a dispassionate witness to the happenings around you.
Do not react.

Goraksa says one who remains steadfast in observing his sadhna
keeping his spiritual practice, food habits and sleeping habits
under strict yogic discipline
neither grows old nor dies.

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Goraksa says one who remains steadfast in observing his sadhna
keeping his spiritual practice, food habits and sleeping habits
under strict yogic discipline
neither grows old nor dies.

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Goraksha says: Listen, O Avadhuta, this is how you should lead your life in this world.
See with your eyes, hear with your ears but never speak.
Just be a dispassionate witness to the happenings around you.
Do not react.

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O Yogi die; die to the world.
Such death is sweet.
Die in the manner of Goraksa who died
and then saw the Invisible.

Speak not in haste, walk not in haste
Take slow cautious steps.
Let not pride overtake you. Lead a simple life,
says Goraksanath.

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Gorakhnath is traditionally said to be the originator of Hatha Yoga, the yogic system of asanas (physical postures) that are part of the Tantric alchemical process of physical perfection and energetic awakening.


Gorakh Bani
by Gorakhnath




O Yogi die; die to the world.
Such death is sweet.
Die in the manner of Goraksa who died
and then saw the Invisible.

Speak not in haste, walk not in haste
Take slow cautious steps.
Let not pride overtake you. Lead a simple life,
says Goraksanath.

Goraksha says: Listen, O Avadhuta, this is how you should lead your life in this world.
See with your eyes, hear with your ears but never speak.
Just be a dispassionate witness to the happenings around you.
Do not react.

Goraksa says one who remains steadfast in observing his sadhna
keeping his spiritual practice, food habits and sleeping habits
under strict yogic discipline
neither grows old nor dies.

Goraksa says-- Om Siva Goraksa Yogi is the mantra,
which is the substance of all true joys.
One should repair to a solitary place and chant this mantra so devoutly
that he becomes oblivious of his own body.

Om Siva Goraksa Yogi--
this auspicious mantra contains measureless sakti.
It is so powerful that even sinners of the worst kind have attained moksa
just by chanting this mantra.

Goraksa says he who chants the name vocally or non-vocally,
meditates, controls the five senses from their pleasures
and burns his body in the holy fire of Brahma
finds Mahadeva.

The mind is dull and fails to comprehend the secret of the the path of yoga.
It is very capricious and is always engaged in mischief,
thus causing a man to drift away
from the true path.

The mind itself is the abode of the good as well as of the evil.
One may either let the good prevail or may allow free play to the evil instincts.
This mind is pure and pious only when it lets the good in it prosper.
If the mind promotes the evil instincts residing in it then it becomes impure and impious.
Yoga is the means by which the mind can be trained to promote and sustain the good instincts.

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