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When the hatha yogi continues a single practice for an abnormally long period, a change takes place in the pressure and the circulation of his blood stream. The fixed holding of breath, the fixed posture, the fixed gaze--any of these may bring it about. Spiritually, it has no more value than a fainting swoon and leads to no more illumination or happiness than that does.

-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 81

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