10 yoga on The lesson opens with a distinction being made between two forms of the atman: as breath or vitality (prana) and as the sun (aditya). This is reminiscent of the adhyatma/adhidaivata (individual/cosmic) distinction found in a number of earlier Upanisads and the Vedic hymns. Indeed, it is a parallelism found in many aspects of brahmanical religion, probably having its roots in the mimetic magic of the Vedic sacrificial ritual: this corresponds to that, therefore, by manipulating this, the control of that can be achieved. This kind of distinction is taken up again later when the two forms of brahman are introduced. Although of Vedic origin and developed within the context of the Vedic world picture, this distinction (or one similar to it) is crucial for advocates of a monistic philosophy who wish to accommodate concepts that originated within a dualistic system. These two subsections have a very Vedic character expressed through Vedic quotations, references to Vedic gods, the employment of Vedic concepts, the characterization of meditation on the atman as a sacrifice and the identification of the atman with agni (fire/the fire god) as well as with the sun. References to prana as the atman and to brahman as food are also reminiscent of earlier Upanisads such as the Kausitaki and Taittiriya respectively. 10 yoga 2016.
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