Pratyahara Yoga and Paramagati

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Pratyáhára Yoga and Paramágati
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 September 24
Place Patna, India
Topic The process of mind withdrawal
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
Location in Sarkarverse
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Pratyahara Yoga and Paramagati is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 September 24 in Patna, India. This discourse is the sixteenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2.[1]


Sometimes it so happened in the past, and may happen in the future, that if a spiritual aspirant, without the guidance of a strong guru, tried or tries to practise pratyáhára only from reading books, there would be some danger. So whenever you are withdrawing your mental propensities from different objects, you are to guide those collected propensities into some moving object, moving within the realm of your mind.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by explaining the concept of dharana (a dynamic force of concentration within the mind) and its importance to the practice of mind withdrawal. He then explains that the mind's propensities have to be goaded towards the citta (objectivated I feeling); otherwise, the misguided propensities will create an adverse effect on the mind. next, the citta will be guided towards the ahaḿtattva (the doer I) and the ahaḿtattva towards the mahattattva (pure I feeling). Anandamurti goes on explaining that to achieve a complete freedom from bondage, one has to withdraw all the mental propensities together with the citta, ahaḿtattva, and mahattattva and merge them in the Supreme Cognition. That last stage is the ultimate goal of human longing.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2 
Preceded by
Mind and Cognitive Faculty
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
With: Pratyahara Yoga and Paramagati
Succeeded by
Interpretation of "Rama" and "Narayana"