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A sculpture of a Hindu yogi in the Birla Mandir, Delhi

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A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male practitioner of various forms of spiritual practice. In contemporary English yogin is an alternative rendering for the word yogi. [1] In Hinduism it refers to an adherent of Yoga. The word is also often used in the Buddhist context to describe Buddhist monks or a householders devoted to meditation. Chatral Rinpoche for example is a famous wandering yogi from Tibet.

The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the "sun" (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar. According to Ravi Shankar, Yogis can levitate and make their bodies disappear.[2].

References

  1. ^ Translators Notes: Note 1: Yogin is Sanskrit and yogi is Hindi.
  2. ^ The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2000 p.350

1-2. Feuerstein, Georg. The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2000 p. 321, 350.

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia.

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[[File:|right|thumb|250px|A sculpture of a Hindu yogi in the Birla Mandir, Delhi]] A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male who practices various forms of the path of Yoga, maintaining a steadfast mind, the process of transcending the lower self. These designations are mostly reserved for advanced or daily practitioners. In contemporary English yogin is an alternative rendering for the word yogi. This word is often used to describe Buddhist monks or any lay person or householder who is devoted to meditation.

The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the "sun" (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.[1]

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  • Yogini

References

  1. The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2000 p.350

Sources

1-2. Feuerstein, Georg. The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2000 p. 321, 350.

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia.








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