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Darśana-upaniṣad VII

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  1. O, great sage! Now I’ll describe pratyāhāra. By their very nature, the instruments of knowledge run after of their objects –
  2. It is said that pratyāhāra is taking by force of these instruments. Anything sees, Brahman is perceived as being in all. This is pratyāhāra described in ancient by the connoisseurs of brahman.
  3. Anything would do until death, whether pure or impure, all these have to be done into the brahman – this is pratyāhāra.
  4. Or, with an attitude of worship of brahman the obligatory duties (nitya karman) as well as those optional (kāmya karman) must carry out – so is described pratyāhāra.
  5. Or, having drawn the breath must be kept from place to place: the breath must be kept from the root of teeth to the neck, from the neck to the chest,
  6. Having drawn from the region of the chest must be kept in the navel region, having drawn from the region of the navel must be kept in Kuṇḍalī,
  7. The wise man must keep it from Kuṇḍalī’s region in mūlādhāra, then from the anus (apāna) in both buttocks and then in the middle of the thighs,
  8. Then it must be kept in the knees, in the tibia and in the thumbs of the feet – this is pratyāhāra described in ancient by connoisseurs of the pratyāhāra.
  9. Thus, for the man noble, who practice consistently pratyāhāra – o, virtuous one! – all sins and diseases of the world disappear.
  10. Steadfast in svastika-āsana and inspiring the breath through the both nostrils, the connoisseur must fill his body with air from the feet up to the head,
  11. Then must keep the breath in feet as well as in mūlādhāra, in the navel’s knot, in the heart’s center, in the throat’s root and in the palate, between the eyebrows, in the forehead and, of course, have to keep it in the head.
  12. The holy connoisseur, obtaining the idea about the self (ātman) in the body, must keep the self (ātman) in the non-dual and unchanging ātman.
  13. This is called pratyāhāra by the direct connoisseurs of the Vedānta. For the one who practice in this way nothing is difficult to obtain.

Thus was the seventh part of Darśana-upaniṣad

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