[INDOLOGY] Hathayogapradipika 1.38

Kenneth Gregory Zysk zysk at hum.ku.dk
Thu Nov 20 07:01:55 UTC 2014

This comes as a request from a student. Any help would be most appreciated:

My question concerns  the Haṭhyogapradīpikā 1.38 which states:

The Siddhas know that as among yamas a moderate diet is the most important, and among niyamas, harmlessness (ahiṁsā), so among all the āsanas is the siddhāsana.

In 1.16 – of what is presumably an appended part – we are taught that ahiṁsā pertains to the yamas; so why this obvious inconsistency? Is there any scriptural precedence to this case, where ahiṁsā can be found within the niyamas?

Kenneth Zysk, PhD, DPhil
Head of Indology
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Vej 4, Bygn. 10,
DK-2300 Copenhagen S    Denmark
Ph:  +45 3532 8951                      Email: zysk at hum.ku.dk<mailto:zysk at hum.ku.dk>

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