I came across a Harappan Seal, showing a Male figure seated in a Yogic posture.
This posture is Moolabhandasana.
A posture where the body from the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up and towards the spine.
The Indus Valley Civilization.
‘The Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC) was a Bronze Age Civilization (3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1600 BCE) mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia,extending from what today is northeast Afghanisthan Pakistan and northwest India.
Moolabhandaasana. Shown in Featured Image.
‘ Square seal depicting a nude male with three faces, seated in yogic position on a throne, wearing bangles on both arms and an elaborate headdress.
Five symbols of the Indus script appear on either side of the headdress which is made of two outward projecting buffalo style curved horns, with two upward projecting points. A single branch with three pipal leaves rises from the middle of the headdress.
Seven bangles are depicted on the left arm and six on the right, with the hands resting on the knees. The heels are pressed together under the groin and the feet project beyond the edge of the throne. The feet of the throne are carved with the hoof of a bovine as is seen on the bull and unicorn seals. The seal may not have been fired, but the stone is very hard. A grooved and perforated boss is present on the back of the seal.'( description by harappa.com)
The posture is an advanced technic of Yoga Asana,Posture in the practice of Yoga.
This posture in Yoga is called Moolabandhaasana.
(A posture where the body from the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up and towards the spine.’)
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The name can be translated from Sanskrit as the root lock, since mula (or moola) means ‘root’, and bandha – ‘lock’. This is an external meaning. The internal or deeper meaning is that mula or the root is the source of energy for our body, and through the practice of this bandha we can gain a certain amount of control over this energy. The benefit of such control is the substantial decrease or even total elimination of bodily ailments along with the increase of the vital energy. This is the subtle meaning of mula bandha.
Patanjali’s Yoga sutra is dated 400 CE.
This posture Moolabhandasana is found in Harappan Seal dtd about 3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1600 BCE.
The cuture on the banks of Saraswathi is about 10,000 years old,that is is about 8000 BC.
The date of Indus valley civilization may based on this Harappan site.
The Rig Veda is to be dated around 9000/10,000 yearscago ago,based on the date of River Sarasvati.
Please read my previous article.
If one finds the Moolabandhasana posture in 8000 BC or 10,000 years ago,how can one assign the date Yoga Sutra of Patanjali at 400 CE?
And this Yoga has been in vogue in the south of Vindhyas in India and was based on Yoga Sutras.
This means that the south was very much in tune with Sanatana Dharma and was a part of Sanatana Dharma.
As Patanjali is one of the Eighteen Siddhars of Tamil, it can be postulated that Yoga and Sanatana Dharma was present in the South,Dravida Desa at the time of Rig Veda and the Sarasvati River in full flow.
Which means that the Dravida culture is at least 10,000 years old as Sarasvati River and The Rig Veda are dated around the same time.