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Pramāda literally means ‘heedlessness’.
 
Pramāda literally means ‘heedlessness’.
  
In general, the word means heedlessness or carelessness and a blunder that arises out of it. However, in the Yogasutras<ref>Yogasutras 1.30</ref> of Patañjali,<ref>He lived in 200 B. C.</ref> it is used as a technical term and listed as an obstacle to yoga or samādhi. It is defined as neither remembering nor practicing the basic virtues like ahiṅsā<ref>Ahiṅsā means non-injury.</ref> and satya,<ref>Satya means truth.</ref> which are essential for attaining samādhi.
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In general, the word means heedlessness or carelessness and a blunder that arises out of it. However, in the Yogasutras<ref>Yogasutras 1.30</ref> of [[Patañjali]],<ref>He lived in 200 B. C.</ref> it is used as a technical term and listed as an obstacle to [[yoga]] or [[samādhi]]. It is defined as neither remembering nor practicing the basic virtues like ahiṅsā<ref>Ahiṅsā means non-injury.</ref> and satya,<ref>Satya means truth.</ref> which are essential for attaining [[samādhi]].
  
Once the mind is allowed to slip from the path of yoga due to pramāda, it can result in a total fall.<ref>Vivekacudāmaṇi, 324</ref> The famous sage Sanatsujāta compares pramāda to mṛtyu or death since it ultimately leads to sansāra or trans-migratory existence.<ref>Sanatsujātīya 1.4</ref>
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Once the mind is allowed to slip from the path of [[yoga]] due to pramāda, it can result in a total fall.<ref>Vivekacudā[[maṇi]], 324</ref> The famous sage Sanatsujāta compares pramāda to [[mṛtyu]] or death since it ultimately leads to [[sansāra]] or trans-migratory existence.<ref>Sanatsujātīya 1.4</ref>
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:12, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pramada, PramAda, Pramaada


Pramāda literally means ‘heedlessness’.

In general, the word means heedlessness or carelessness and a blunder that arises out of it. However, in the Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali,[2] it is used as a technical term and listed as an obstacle to yoga or samādhi. It is defined as neither remembering nor practicing the basic virtues like ahiṅsā[3] and satya,[4] which are essential for attaining samādhi.

Once the mind is allowed to slip from the path of yoga due to pramāda, it can result in a total fall.[5] The famous sage Sanatsujāta compares pramāda to mṛtyu or death since it ultimately leads to sansāra or trans-migratory existence.[6]


References

  1. Yogasutras 1.30
  2. He lived in 200 B. C.
  3. Ahiṅsā means non-injury.
  4. Satya means truth.
  5. Vivekacudāmaṇi, 324
  6. Sanatsujātīya 1.4
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore