By B. K. S. Iyengar, Yoga Swami Svatmarama, Elsy Becherer
Translated in to English with remark from Hans-Ulrich Rieker and advent via BKS Iyengar.
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Here we describe the psychological method which is far more pleasant than the other, although the second one leads more speedily to the goal. " We shall try to understand this without burdening the mind with the intricacies of the guna theory. Sattva is the positive propensity for purity. Good deeds, kind words, noble thoughts, a pleasing personality, interest in lofty pursuits are the distinguishing marks of sattva. And remember, it is not the activity that is decisive. One single impure thought during pranayama and the current is disturbed; not only the current but the whole being, since a human being becomes a human being only by this electromagnetic current.
For the master of pranayama, things are different. He controls the powers that represent life. He dies consciously. In life as in death he adapts himself with deep insight to the natural processes of which he is always aware. It is not only the life stream of prana upon which preservation and end depend, for if such were the case the yogi would be immortal. Rather, he recognizes the rhythm to which he, like all other living things, is subject, and it is his task to gain the highest possible harmony with this rhythm.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika of Yoga Swami Svatmarama (translation with commentary) (Adyar, 1949), p. 22. −Trans. reshaped: it becomes straight, whereas usually it is slightly S−shaped; the "kundalini path" is relieved of its curves and thus becomes more readily traversible. But there is also an influence on the chakras, and last but not least, the prana "circuit" is re−channeled. Yet as contradictory as it seems, the value of this asana as a physical exercise is greater than its meditative assets.