Mulabandha, Mūlabandha, Mula-bandha: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Google Books: The Alchemical Body

Mūlabandha (मूलबन्ध, “root lock”):—An inner contractyion of the anus which draws the downward-tending apāna breath upward throuh the medial channel.

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

From the Haṭha Yogha Pradīpikā (chapter III): “Pressing Yoni (perineum) with the heel, contract up the anus. By drawing the Apāna thus, Mūla Bandha is made.” (śl. 61) and “The Apāna, naturally inclining downward, is made to go up by force. This Mūla Bandha is spoken of by Yogīs as done by contracting the anus.” (śl. 62) and “Pressing the heel well against the anus, draw up the air by force, again and again till it (air) goes up.” (śl. 62)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Mūla Bandha (मूल बंध) is a Sanskrit compound term:

  • Mūla denotes "root", "base", "beginning", "foundation", "origin or cause", "basis", "source";
  • Bandha denotes "bondage", "fetter", "posture", "joining together", "catching hold of".

Iyengar (1976: p. 525) defines Mūla Bandha as a posture where the body from the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up and towards the spine.

Mūla Bandha is the principal, key and primary Bandha of the Yogic traditions. Mūla Bandha is endemic to all safe, grounded workings of bodymind disciplines. This Bandha in and of itself conditions the Muladhara Chakra, simultaneously keening, rooting and engaging the systemic plethora of processes that constitute bodymind and with diligence resolving them in discipline and accord. Mūla Bandha should be held as a restraint only after kumbhaka, which in this instance is where the breath is expressed in its entirety and held outside the body. Iyengar (1976: p. 435) likens the functionality of the Bandha and especially Mūla Bandha to "safety-valves which should be kept shut during the practice of kumbhakas".

Iyengar (1976: p. 437) specifies the energetic prāṇas of Vāyu engaged through Mūla Bandha as: "...Apāna Vāyu (the prāṇa in the lower abdomen), whose course is downwards, is made to flow up to unite with Prāna Vāyu, which has its seat within the region of the chest."

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mūḷabāndha (मूळबांध).—m sometimes mūḷabanda m A mound thrown across fields to confine or sustain water.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mūlabandha (मूलबन्ध).—a particular position of the fingers.

Derivable forms: mūlabandhaḥ (मूलबन्धः).

Mūlabandha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mūla and bandha (बन्ध).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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