Kundalini yoga glossary
Adhara—Foundation; base which supports.
Adhyatmic—Pertaining to Atman.
Ajna Chakra—Spiritual centre at the eyebrows.
Anahata Chakra—Cardiac plexus.
Ananda—Bliss; happiness; comfort.
Antahkarana—Fourfold internal organs, viz., Manas, Chitta, Buddhi and Ahankara.
Basti—The purificatory exercise for congested bowels. Bhakta—Devotee.
Bhrumadhya—The space between the eyebrows.
Bhuta Siddhi—Control over elements.
Brahmamuhurta—The period from 3 to 6 a.m. intended for Yoga—Abhyasa.
Brahmarandhra—An aperture in the crown of the head.
Chakras—Spiritual centres in Sushumna Nadi.
Chandra-Nadi—Moon-flow; another name for Ida.
Dhauti—The exercise for cleaning the stomach.
Duhkha— Misery; pain.
Ida—The Nadi that runs on the left side of Sushumna.
Jada Kriya—Physical exercise.
Japa—Repetition of a Mantra.
Jnana-Indriyas—Five organs or senses of Knowledge. viz., ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose.
Kanda—The source of all Nadis.
Karma-Indriyas—Five organs of action, viz., speech, hands, legs, genitals and anus.
Kaya-Sampat—Perfection of body.
Kriya—Physical action or exercises.
Kumbhaka—Retention of breath.
Kundalini—The mysterious power in the body.
LAKSHYA—Object of concentration.
Manana—Reflection or concentration.
Manipura—Solar plexus situated at the navel.
Maya—Illusive power; veiling Shakti.
Mitahara—Moderation of diet.
Moha—Attachment; infatuated love.
Mouna—Vow of silence.
Mrityunjaya—Conqueror of death.
Mula—Origin; root; base.
Muladhara Chakra—The spiritual centre at the base of the spinal column.
Nadi—Astral tube that carries Prana.
Nasikagra Drishti—Vision at the tip of the nose.
Nauli—Purificatory exercise of abdominal region.
Neti—The exercise for cleaning the nostrils.
Nirguna—Formless; without attributes.
Nishkama Karma—Disinterested work.
Nivritti Marga—Path of renunciation.
Niyama—Religious rules; second step in Yoga.
Oordhvareto-Yogi—The Yogi in whom the seminal energy flows upwards.
PADMA—Lotus; Chakra; a name for the plexus.
Pingala—The Nadi that runs on the right side of Sushumna Nadi.
Prakriti—Nature; undifferentiated matter.
Pranayama—Regulation of breath.
Pratyahara—Withdrawing the senses from objects.
Sahasrara—The spiritual centre at the head.
Sama—Equal; balanced state of mind.
Samsara Chakra—Wheel of death and birth.
Sankalpa—Formative will; determination.
Shat-Karmas—Six purificatory exercises of Hatha Yoga, viz., Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Trataka and Kapalabhati.
Siddhi—Perfection; psychic power.
Sravana—Hearing of Srutis.
Surya Nadi—Another name for Pingala.
Svara Sadhana—Regulation of breath.
Trataka—Gazing at a particular spot.
Trikala-Jnani—One who knows the past, present and future.
Triveni—The place where three holy rivers meet.
UNMANI AVASTHA—Mindless state of Yogins.
Vasana—Impression of action that remains in the mind.
Virya—Seminal power; energy.
Vishuddha—Laryngeal plexus at the base of the throat.
YAMA—The first step in Yoga.
Yoga—Superconscious state; union with Paramatma.
Yogic—Pertaining to Yoga.
Yogin—One who is devoted to Yoga.
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