The Absolute

Definition - What does The Absolute mean?

In Hinduism, the Absolute is the omnipresent, eternal and spiritual source of the universe. The Absolute is that which grows and causes other things to grow. It is the source of all that exists and is present in all that exists in the world. In the context of yoga, the Absolute is an understanding that the yogi hopes to reach through a spiritual yoga practice.

The concept of the Absolute is known in Sanskrit as Brahman.

Yogapedia explains The Absolute

The Absolute is not a deity, but instead considered an impersonal, ultimate truth and power that life and all reality cannot exist outside of. It is also believed to be the cause of the universe; it is the universal soul that gives life to all.

The Upanishads, Sanskrit texts from the Vedic era, define the Absolute as satyam jnanam anantam brahma. Satyam means "that which never changes," jnanam means "knowledge," and anantam means "infinity," and brahma refers to the Hindu creator god.

Yoga, as a spiritual discipline, helps the practitioner to understand and experience the Absolute. Yoga helps one master the senses and, ultimately, the mind, thereby bringing the self closer to the Absolute.

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