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The Absolute knows Itself without any process of knowing. He does not depend upon any cause or any instrument or any conjunction of circumstances for the revelation of His Existence.

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Raja Yoga Sutra Selection # 108

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"

II.49. TASMIN SATI SVASA-PRASVASAYOR GATI-VICCHEDAH PRANAYAMAH.

'The next step is pranayama, which is the control of the inhalation and exhalation of breath'.

Commentary:
The forth limb of Raja Yoga is 'pranayama'. which includes breathing exercises for heating and cooling the body, raising its energy levels or relaxation. 'Prana', the vital energy, may be obtained from food and water, but the primary source is the air that is breathed. Control of it is directly linked with control of mind. Because of its power, the techniques should be practiced under the guidance of a teacher. The awakening of the 'kundalini' as a mean of Self-Realization depends on control over the breath and therefore the 'prana'.

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