By Swami Harshananda
Padmāsana literally means ‘the lotus-posture’.
The padmāsana is a posture recommended in the works on Haṭhayoga for meditation. In this posture, one has to sit with both the legs crossed to resemble a full-bloomed lotus. It is said to destroy all the diseases. Many images in temples, in the āsīna or sitting postures, are in the padmāsana pose.
- Lotus means padma.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,