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By Swami Harshananda

śamadisatka (‘the group of six [disciplines]’ starting with śama’)

This is the third of the four spiritual disciplines listed under sādhanacatuṣṭaya. It consists of the following six steps: śama (tranquillity); dama (self-control); uparati (cessation of external sense-organs from the pursuit of sense-objects); titikṣā (forbearance); śraddhā (faith) and samā-dhāna (concentration).


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore