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Yogi

Yogi

[yoh-gee]
Berra, Yogi (Lawrence Peter Berra), 1925-, American baseball player and manager, b. St. Louis. An outstanding catcher with the New York Yankees (1946-63), Berra was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1954, and 1955, hit 358 career home runs and appeared in 14 World Series. He managed the Yankees and Mets for a total of seven years, leading each team to the pennant (Yankees, 1964; Mets, 1973); he also coached with the Mets, Yankees, and Astros, Berra is renowned for his unintendedly ironic humorous comments.

See his Ten Rings: My Championship Seasons (2003).

A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male practitioner of various forms of the path of Yoga, maintaining a steadfast mind, the process of transcending the lower self through daily practices. In contemporary English yogin is an alternative rendering for the word yogi. This word is often used to describe Buddhist monks or a householder who is devoted to meditation.

The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the "sun" (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.

References

1-2. Feuerstein, Georg. The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2000 p. 321, 350.

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