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By Swami Harshananda

Uparati literally means ‘cessation’.</ref>

Advaita Vedānta prescribes a four-fold spiritual discipline called as sādhana-catuṣṭaya as a preliminary step. Śamādi-satka forms the third step of this discipline. It comprises a group of six exercises as follows:

  1. Śama - tranquility
  2. Dama - control of external sense-organs
  3. Uparati - cessation
  4. Titikṣā - forbearance
  5. Śraddhā - faith
  6. Samādhāna - concentration

Uparati is the cessation of the sense-organs after they are restrained from the pursuits of sense-objects.


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