Yoga information on When we turn our attention to yogic meditation and the experiences that arise from this we find many parallels with trance. The kinds of things yogins do are just the kinds of things that many trance-inducers would do in order to create a trance state. Both the rhythmic movement of asana and the rhythmic breathing of pranayama would certainly facilitate the induction of a trance state, as would the physical immobility and attentional focus that is characteristic of pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. And in Buddhist yoga, certainly, a misunderstanding of the nature of things is deemed to be perpetuated by thought-construction or conceptualization (vikalpa) or concept-based beliefs (drsti), whilst what is sought is nirvikalpa samadhi (concept-free absorption) and nirvikalpa jnana (concept-free knowledge). Again, this is paralleled in trance experience where the conceptualization characteristic of conscious processing is reduced and replaced by what Gilligan calls experiential, nonconceptual involvement in ongoing experience. In Buddhism the concept-free knowledge that arises out of meditational practice is also known as right knowledge (samyak jnana). Of course, what makes it right in this context is its content, but this is a metaphysical claim and cannot be evaluated from the outside. Yoga information 2016.
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