Inspired by the third eye “ajna chakra”, Nimi is a little character with one eye, performing the first series of Ashtanga Yoga. The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.
Also a “clind’oeil” to the “dristhi” in yoga, which is the focused gaze for developing concentrated intention. In Sanskrit, drishti can also mean a vision, a point of view, or intelligence and wisdom. The use of drishti in asana (postures) serves both as a training technique and as a metaphor for focusing consciousness toward a vision of oneness. Drishti is a technique for looking for the Divine everywhere—and thus for seeing correctly the world around us. Used in this way, drishti becomes a technique for removing the ignorance that obscures this true vision, a technique that allows us to see the Divine in everything.
Nimi was created with the desire of spreading the message yoga has to offer and sharing it in an artful way. This is the first series of AshtangeYoga, it is helpful to have it around to learn all the asanas and its sanskrit names by heart.
According to Vishnupurana and BrihadVishnupuranaNimibecame the first King of Mithila.His capital wasJayantpura, whichlaterbecame Janakpur. Once NimiperformedYagya (ritualpracticed in Vedic times) and invited Sage Vasishtha to be the main priest to conductYagya. However Sage vasishthahadalreadycommitted to conductyagya for Lord Indra, hetoldNimithathewouldofficiate as Head Priestafterhavingconducted Lord Indra’sYagya and thusNimiwill have to wait.
Nimiwentawaywithoutreplying.Sage Vashisthagot impression that King Nimi has assented to wait for him.
Sage Vasishthaconducted Lord Indra’sYagya and rushed to presideat King Nimi’sYagyaonly to findthat the Yagyawasalreadybeingconducted. Sage Vasishthagotangry and cursed King Nimithat “hewouldcease to live in corporal form”. Thus, King Nimiwasleftwithouthis body. After the agyawasconductedsuccessfully, the priestsasked the Gods to return King Nimi in his corporal form. However, King Nimideclined to go back in his body but requestedthathebeallowed to live in eyes of all beings.Godsassented to hisdesire and gave himform of eyelashes, whichispresent in all beings.
The Sanskrit word for eyelashes is Nimi.
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