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By Swami Harshananda

Yogavidhi literally means ‘method of yoga’.

This is a word that has been used only in the Kathā Upaniṣad.[1] This Upaniṣad declares at the very end that Naciketas attained Brahman after knowing from Yama, the god of death, the following:

  1. Vidyā - spiritual wisdom
  2. Yogavidhi - the method of yoga

Yogavidhi is a discipline described earlier in the verse.[2] It consists of withdrawing the five organs of knowledge from their external objects along with the mind and make the intellect steady in Brahman. However, it is not only Naciketas but anyone else also who follows this yogavidhi, that attains the deathless state.


  1. Kathā Upaniṣad 6.18
  2. Kathā Upaniṣad 6.10
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore