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Darśana-upaniṣad III

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  1. O, eminent sage! Svastika (propitious posture), go-mukha (cow-face posture), padma (lotus posture), vīra (hero posture) and siṁha-āsana (lion posture), bhadra (throne posture) and mukta-āsana (liberated posture), mayūra-āsana (peacock posture) and sukha-āsana (easy posture) are the names of nine postures.
  2. Placing the soles of the feet between the knees and thighs, the body, the neck and the head must be straight – thus is always practiced svastika-āsana.
  3. Place on the left the right ankle, sitting so, hands are knotted on the backside. Likewise put the left over the right – thus was described go-mukha-āsana.
  4. O, chief of brāhmanas! Must grasp with both hands the two thumbs of the legs in reverse order and from above, placing the two soles of the feet over the thighs. O, wise one! Thus is performed padma-āsana, that which casts out the fear of all diseases.
  5. Left foot must be placed on the right thigh and the body must be kept straight – it is called vīra-āsana. [Must place the ankles under the scrotum on both sides of the frenulum, left ankle on the right and that the right as the other side. Placing the hands on knees, with the fingers apart, mouth open and tongue pulled out, must look at the nose tip with focused mind. This is siṁha-āsana that yogins have always recommended it.]
  6. Must place the ankles under the scrotum on both sides of the frenulum, left ankle on the left and also the right ankle on the right side holding firmly with both hands the feet and sitting fully firm – this is bhadra-āsana the destroyer of all diseases which perfect yogins (siddha) also call it gorakṣa-āsana.
  7. Pressing gently the frenulum on the right side with the other ankle (i.e. left) and on the left with the right ankle – this is mukta-āsana.
  8. Left ankle being placed over the genital organ is covered, through pressing, by the other (right) ankle – Wise! This is mukta-āsana.
  9. O, the first of the wise! Tips of the elbows must place on both sides of the navel, putting both palms of the hands on the ground, sits with the head in a single point
  10. Like a stick, with the body and feet up in the air – this is mayūra-āsana, the destroyer of all sins.
  11. That through which are produced both, pleasure (sukha) and firmness (dhairya), is sukha-āsana, being prescribed to be performed by the powerless.
  12. The three worlds are conquered by mastering postures, and prāṇāyāma always accompanies this practice.

Thus was the third part of Darśana-upaniṣad

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