Samanu

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Samanu literally means ‘with mantra’.

‘Manu’ means a mantra.[1] Works on Haṭhayoga describe various processes of prāṇāyāma for nāḍīśuddhi.[2] Very often, certain bāḍīśuddhi[3] like yam, ram and ṭham are associated with the different stages of these prāṇāyāmas. Hence they are called ‘samanu’.[4]Gheranda Samhitā 5.36-45</ref> The actual processes have to be learnt personally from expert teachers.


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  1. Mantra means holy syllable.
  2. Nāḍīśuddhi means purification of the tubular structures through which prāṇic energy flows.
  3. Bāḍīśuddhi means seed-letters.
  4. Samanu means prāṇāyāmas with bijamantras.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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