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Vol.62 No.3 Summer 2011

ENERGY VITAL AND MENTAL
by Hari Prasad Shastri

According to the view of Hatha Yoga, energy, either vital or mental, is not created in the human body. It is an element of Prakriti [the primordial 'matter' of creation] pervading the atmosphere. Man receives this energy and discharges it. By food of a natural type, the tissues of the body are repaired and rendered fit to receive the vital energy. We transmute it into different forms in the state of activity and discharge it. As natural objects are made into finished products by human skill and endeavour, so the vital and mental energy is turned into works of art, beauty and utility by the skill of man.

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