Withdrawal from Senses: Vigyana Bhairava Tantra



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In this 136th verse and 110 dharana of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva says:

All sensory gates are sources of pain and pleasure

Withdrawing from the senses and their inputs

Move into Shiva space

Most commentaries on this verse say it is about the fifth stage of yoga called pratyahara, withdrawal from senses. True, it is. Question is about how to achieveĀ this stage? Why is it the first stage of internal Yoga? Why does it follow Pranayama, the fourth and last stage of external yoga? Unless one goes into these details, even a regular practitioner of yoga will not sustain this state.

Let us start with the simple practice of shutting down our senses. Let us say we are in a zero gravity space, suspended, eyes blindfolded, ears plugged, suspended without any part of the body touching anything, with nothing to smell or tasteā€¦

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