āgneyī-dhāraṇā

(‘fixing the mind on the fire principle’)

Conquest of self gives mastery over the whole world. Conquest of the mind leads to the conquest of the self. Works on yoga portray the various age-old techniques for controlling the mind. Pañca-dhāraṇās, five kinds of fixing the mind on prescribed subtle principles, is one such method described in a well-known work on Haṭhayoga viz., Gheraṇḍa Saṁhitā.

The fire principle is situated at the navel, in the form of a red effulgent triangle. Its presiding deity is Rudra. Fixing the prāṇa along with the mind on this fire principle at the navel for a period of five ghaṭis (i.e., 2 hours) is known as ‘āgneyī-dhāraṇā.’ Destruction of the fear of death is the result achieved.