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Ksurika Upanishad

Ksurika Upanishad is the 31st among 108 Upanishads and forms part of Krishna Yajur Veda. The Sanskrit word Ksurika means Knife. This Upanishad prescribes yoga that will cut asunder the bondage between Atman and rebirth.

The mode of yoga taught by this Upanishad is Raja yoga or Astanga Yoga.
Secure a silent place in seclusion. Assume any suitable posture. Withdraw all senses of organs. Restrict your mind from wandering and keep it in your heart.  Breathe in and mentally chant ohm of four matras. Hold in the air slightly lifting your chest, hip and neck and breathe out gradually.
A kriya of contemplation on Marma Sthana (vital parts) of the body, is now explained. The idea of yoga-nidra given by contemporary yoga gurus is based on this technique only. Having brought his sense organs under control and making his Mind and Prana firm, the yogi should perform Dharana on toes, two ankles, shanks, Knees, thighs, Muladhara, Swathistana. He should fix Mind, Prana, and Atman in Manipura till ma…