Tirumantiram Tantra 3

 In Ashtanga Eight Limbs, Thirumoolar

Ashtanga Yoga: Tantra 3 of Tirumantiram: Thirumoolar’s Path

Tantra (Chapter) 3 in the Tirumantiram covers verses 548 through 883. You’ll notice parallels between Patanjali’s writings and Thirumoolar’s in Tantra 3.

Tantra 3, Section 1, verses 549 to 552 provide a general description of what is meant by Eight Limbed Yoga, especially in relation to Śiva.

549: Difficult to Expound is Science of Yoga

Of difficult vast to expound
Is the Science of Breath;
Closing nostril alternate
And counting time in measure appropriate
Thus did Nandi reveal at length
The eight-fold science of yoga great–

Iyama, Niyama and the rest.

550: Yoga Includes Kavacha Nyasa and Mudra

I shall reveal herein,
The ways of Iyama and Niyama,
The secret of Kavacha, Nyasa and Mudra
The paths to reach the Samadhi State;
To course Kundalini Sakti upward,

And to reach Parasakti at Cranium high.

551: Ashtanga Yoga Leads to Samadhi and to Jnana

Waver not, this way and that
Follow the way of eight-limbed Yoga
And reach Samadhi State;
They who tread that blessed path
Shall reach Jnana’s peak;
No more are they in this vile flesh born.

552: Eight Limbs of Yoga
Iyama, Niyama, and Asana numberless
Pranayama wholesome and Pratyahara alike,
Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi to triumph
–These eight are the steely limbs of Yoga.

Thirumoolar Thirumanthiram Tantra 3
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