The Tantric Definition of Yoga

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The Tantric Definition of Yoga
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 October 2
Time Unknown
Place Patna, India
Topic Mental propensities have to be guided to the supreme abode
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 3
Location in Sarkarverse
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The Tantric Definition of Yoga is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 October 2 in Patna, India. This discourse is the second chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 3.[1]


According to Tantra, the unification of the jiivátmá with Paramátmá means yoga. After withdrawing the mental propensities, they are to be guided towards the Supreme Entity. Then alone will the withdrawal be final. Only by guiding these withdrawn mental propensities towards the Supreme Cognition can the total unification of the jiivátmá with Paramátmá be possible, and this is yoga.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that in the Saḿskrta language significance is given to the root of the verb and to its everyday colloquialism. When the verb's root changes, the word takes on a new meaning. Anandamurti then explains that several interpretations of the word yoga exist. The first is addition. Second, and also the tantric interpretation, is unification, as in combining sugar and water. The third is Maharshi Patanjali's Yogashcittavrttirnirodhah (suspension of all mental propensities). Anandamurti goes on explaining that suspended mental tendencies create disruption in the mind when not guided toward Paramatma (Supreme Cognition). Only when properly directed is complete unification possible.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 3 
Preceded by
Can Women Attain Salvation?
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 3
With: The Tantric Definition of Yoga
Succeeded by
The Seven Secrets of Success