The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath eBook

Yogi Ramacharaka
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 65 pages of information about The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath.

INDEX.

Chapter Page

   I. Salaam 1

  II.  “Breath Is Life” 3

 III.  The Exoteric Theory of Breath 11

  IV.  The Esoteric Theory of Breath 16

   V. The Nervous System 20

  VI.  Nostril Breathing vs.  Mouth Breathing 23

 VII.  The Four Methods of Respiration 27

VIII.  How to Acquire the Yogi Complete Breath 33

  IX.  Physiological Effect of the Complete Breath 36

   X. A Few Bits of Yogi Lore 40

  XI.  The Seven Yogi Developing Exercises 43

 XII.  Seven Minor Yogi Exercises 48

XIII.  Vibration and Yogi Rhythmic Breathing 51

 XIV.  Phenomena of Yogi Psychic Breathing 55

  XV.  More Phenomena of Yogi Psychic Breathing 61

 XVI.  Yogi Spiritual Breathing 69

CHAPTER I.

SALAAM.

The Western student is apt to be somewhat confused in his ideas regarding the Yogis and their philosophy and practice.  Travelers to India have written great tales about the hordes of fakirs, mendicants and mountebanks who infest the great roads of India and the streets of its cities, and who impudently claim the title “Yogi.”  The Western student is scarcely to be blamed for thinking of the typical Yogi as an emaciated, fanatical, dirty, ignorant Hindu, who either sits in a fixed posture until his body becomes ossified, or else holds his arm up in the air until it becomes stiff and withered and forever after remains in that position, or perhaps clenches his fist and holds it tight until his fingernails grow through the palms of his hands.  That these people exist is true, but their claim to the title “Yogi” seems as absurd to the true Yogi as does the claim to the title “Doctor” on the part of the man who pares one’s corns seem to the eminent surgeon, or as does the title of “Professor,” as assumed by the street corner vendor of worm medicine, seem to the President of Harvard or Yale.

There have been for ages past in India and other Oriental countries men who devoted their time and attention to the development of Man, physically, mentally and spiritually.  The experience of generations of earnest seekers has been handed down for centuries from teacher to pupil, and gradually a definite Yogi science was built up.  To these investigations and teachings was finally applied the term “Yogi,” from the Sanscrit word “Yug,” meaning “to join.”  From the same source comes the English word “yoke,” with a similar meaning.  Its use in connection with these teachings is difficult to trace, different authorities giving different explanations, but probably the most ingenious is that which holds that it is intended as the Hindu equivalent for the idea conveyed by the English phrase, “getting into harness,” or “yoking up,” as the Yogi undoubtedly “gets into harness” in his work of controlling the body and mind by the Will.

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