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Definition - What does Tejobindu mean?

Tejobindu is a Sanskrit term which some say means a “drop of splendor,” while others translate it as “the point representing the power of Brahman.”

Tejobindu is significant in yoga and yogic philosophy because it is also the name of one of the minor Upanishads of the krsna ("black" or "dark") "Yajur Veda" group titled, "Tejobindu Upanishad." The Upanishads are collections of ancient Indian sacred texts which detail philosophical contexts that are central to Hinduism and yoga.

Yogapedia explains Tejobindu

The "Tejobindu Upanishad" is known for its emphasis on the importance of meditation over scholarly learning. Its teachings value practice over theory and, as such, the text presents much of the Vedic wisdom and guidance from a yogic perspective.

It is a relatively long text, consisting of 466 verses, which are divided into six chapters. These chapters refer to the three stages of meditation as dharana, dhyana and, ultimately, samadhi. They also discuss the difficulty of meditation and the nature of liberation.

An alternative spelling of Tejobindu is Tajabindu, which is the one used in the Poona manuscript versions of the Upanishads.

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