Darsana Upanishad

Darsana Upanishad is one of twenty Yoga Upanishads in the four Vedas, and it is attached to the Samaveda. The text presents classical Yoga similar to the  Patanjali’s Yogasutras-style format in a sequential ascending eight yogic stages,  but unlike Yogasutras, the Darshana Upanishad includes kundalini concepts. The ultimate goal of Yoga, states the Upanishad, is self-knowledge and realizing the identity of one’s soul (Atman) with the universal reality (Brahman). The text is structured as a discourse by Hindu god Dattatreya to sage Sanskriti on Yoga. The text presents a fusion of Hatha Yoga and eight-limbed Patanjali Yogasutras methodology, on a foundation of Vedanta and Yoga philosophies.

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