Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
 Chapter 4 Text 29
apane juhvati pranam
prane 'panam tathapare
pranapana-gati ruddhva
apare niyataharah
pranan pranesu juhvati

apane--in the air which acts downward; juhvati--offer; pranam--the air which acts outward; prane--in the air going outward; apanam--the air going downward; tatha--as also; apare--others; prana--of the air going outward; apana--and the air going downward; gati--the movement; ruddhva--checking; prana-ayama--trance induced by stopping all breathing; parayanah--so inclined; apare--others; niyata--having controlled; aharah--eating; pranan--the outgoing air; pranesu--in the outgoing air; juhvati--sacrifice.


Still others, who are inclined to the process of breath restraint to remain in trance, practice by offering the movement of the outgoing breath into the incoming, and the incoming breath into the outgoing, and thus at last remain in trance, stopping all breathing. Others, curtailing the eating process, offer the outgoing breath into itself as a sacrifice.


Srila Prabhupada ends his purport with this advise; The practice of reduced eating is automatically done when one eats only krsna-prasadam, or food which is offered first to the Lord. Reducing the eating process is very helpful in the matter of sense control. And without sense control there is no possibility of getting out of the material entanglement.

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