Six auxiliaries: 1 definition

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Six auxiliaries means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

The Six Auxiliaries (of Yoga) are denoted by the Sanskrit term Ṣaḍaṅga, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] And, this being the case, the disappearance of the breath cannot be mastered by the practice of the yoga with six auxiliaries (ṣaḍaṅgayoga) and the like. However, the complete disappearance of the mind can be easily mastered in merely an instant as a result of the Guru’s favour. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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