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~Samprajnata~

Samprajnata is a type of of samadhi (spiritual ecstasy), which is the eventual aim of meditation.

It is a limited form of self-awareness that is described as a type of conscious meditation or cognition. In this state, the yogi is able to recognize the content of his/her own mind and then consciously release it. This leads to absolute clarity and self-awareness.

~Nischala Bhava~

Nischala bhava is a term used in Hinduism that means different things depending on the context. It is most commonly translated as “steadfastness” or “immobility” when in reference to one’s spiritual devotion and yogic practice. The nischala bhava holds firm to the motivation to reach samadhi, or true devotees to reaching the goal of Brahman states of consciousness.

~Om Swami~

Om Swami is a mystic yogi and monk living in the Himalayas. It is believed that he posseses special yogic powers, such as being able to willingly shut down his heartbeat, change the temperature of his body and control his blood pressure.

Om Swami has written several books, the most famous being, “If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.” In it, he describes his spiritual path in today’s challenging and material world. In his other books, he passes on his knowledge about yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom, and shares a wisdom and humor of the life of a monk. He is also known as “the monk who sold his Porsch.

~Desapabandha~

Desapabandha is a Sanskrit word that means “limitation of space.” A Jain code of conduct, desapabandha assists the yogi in realizing and practicing the five mahavratas (“great vows”) in the physical manifestation of their daily lives. The concept of desa in Sanskrit, means “space,” and pabandha means “to be locked.” When the words are combined, the concept of space is given a base in physical reality.

~Desa-Kala~Sambandha~

Desa kala sambandha is a Sanskrit philosophical concept that acknowledges and explores the relationship between time and place. Comprised of three Sanskrit words, this term translates as desa, meaning “space”; kala, meaning “place,” and sambandha, meaning “relationship or interconnectedness.”

The application of these concepts is used in yoga to explore and understand our true nature. By being aware of the inter-connectedness of place and time, yogis can begin to learn how to adapt their practice to their specific lives to achieve their goals.

~Sankalp Shakti~

Sankalp shakti is a Sanskrit term that refers to willpower. Sankalp means “determination,” “resolve” or “conviction,” while shakti refers to the primordial cosmic energy and is translated as “power” or “empowerment.”

Sankalp shakti is the tool or driving force that the yogi can use on his path to inner transformation. The yogi needs sankalp shakti to apply the knowledge and instruction he receives from his teacher. Without sankalp shakti, spiritual transformation and Self-realization are not possible.

~Maharishi~

Maharishi, or maharsi, is a Sanskrit word typically used as an honorary title which is added onto the name of an enlightened spiritual teacher. It can be applied to an awakened yogi and has been bestowed upon many figures who were central to the yoga tradition.

The term is derived from the roots maha, meaning “great,” and rsi, meaning “seer.” It has been used in English since the 18th century and usually refers to a Hindu or Vedic guru with great mystical knowledge.

~Samarpan~

Samarpan is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “the ability to surrender to the divine will living in the present” or “dedication.” It can be used to refer to a particular kind of meditation, samarpan meditation, which aims to awaken kundalini energy through the process of surrender.

Samarpan is also the name of a master of neo-Advaita who was born in San Francisco and now teaches in Germany. He has written many books and held many talks on spirituality and satsang.