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Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga
Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga

Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga

by Swami Sivananda

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English

Publisher

Divine Life Society

ISBN

8170521106 - Year: 2012 - Pages: 127

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Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: Divine Life Society
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 127
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170521106

Description

Life today is full of stress and strain, of tension and nervous irritability, of passion and hurry. If man puts into practice a few of the elementary principles of Yoga, he would be far better equipped to cope with his complex existence.

Yoga is complete life. It is a method which overhauls all aspects of human personality. Yoga is a system of integral education. The science of Raja Yoga is universal, it is applicable to all.

The fourteen elementary lessons on Raja Yoga are an enumeration of Patanjali’s octagonal system which begins with ethical discipline and ends with the final dissolution of the individual perception in the cosmic consciousness.

No impossible methods are advocated herein. No allegiance is demanded to a particular cult. Here indeed is shown the way to live full and happy life to one’s own personal advantage and usefulness to others.

Contents

Contents

Preface
Introduction to Yoga

LESSON ONE: WHAT IS YOGA?
Fruits of Yoga
The Three Gunas
The Universal Substratum
Preliminary Sadhana

LESSON TWO: QUALIFICATIONS OF A YOGIC STUDENT
Selflessness and Cosmic Love
Purity and Self-restraint
Virtues for Rapid Progress
Eradicate Evil Qualities
Positive Overcomes Negative

LESSON THREE: YOGIC DIET
Influence of Food
Qualities of Food
Selection of Diet
Knowledge of Dietetics
Be Judicious
Nature of Foodstuffs
Eat To Live
Meat-eating Is Ruinous
General Hints

LESSON FOUR: MIND AND ITS CONTROL
What Is Mind?
Modifications of Mind
As You Think, So You Become
Mind and Prana
The Dividing Wall
Control of Mind
The Cause for Bondage

LESSON FIVE: THE THREE GUNAS
Influence of Sattva
Power of Rajas
Sway of Tamas
The Contrasts
Without Gunas There Is No World

LESSON SIX: PHILOSOPHY OF OM
What Is Om?
Thy Goal Is Om
Japa of Om
Meditation on Om
All Indeed Is Om
The Common Symbol
Realise Through Om

LESSON SEVEN: YAMA-NIYAMA
The Eightfold Yoga
What Is Yama?
Ahimsa
Power of Ahimsa
Who Can Practise Ahimsa?
Satya (Truthfulness)
Asteya (Non-stealing)
Brahmacharya (Continence)
Aparigraha (Non-covetousness)
Niyama (Observance)

LESSON EIGHT: ASANA
What is Asana?
Poses for Meditation
Important Asanas: Their Benefits
Anyone Can Practise Asanas
General Hints

LESSON NINE: PRANA
What Is Prana?
The Connecting Link
The Power Behind
Control the Prana
A Curative Force

LESSON TEN: PRANAYAMA
What Is Pranayama?
Exercise No. 1
Exercise No. 2
Exercise No. 3
Exercise No. 4
Ex. No. 5: Savasana Pranayama
Ex. No. 6: Bhastrika
Ex. No. 7: Kapalabhati
Ex. No. 8: Ujjayi
Ex. No. 9: Sitkari
Ex. No. 10: Sitali
Ex. No. 11: Surya Bheda
Ex. No. 12: Bandhatraya Pranayama
Ex. No. 13: Kevala Kumbhaka
Ex. No. 14: Deep Breathing
Pranic Healing
Distant Healing
General Hints
General Benefits

LESSON ELEVEN: PRATYAHARA
What Is Pratyahara
How to Practise Pratyahara
Aids to Pratyahara
Obstacles to Pratyahara
A Raja Yogic Sadhana

LESSON TWELVE: DHARANA (CONCENTRATION)
What Is Dharana?
Aids to Concentration
How to Concentrate:
I. On Ishta Devata
II. For Christians
III. On Gross Forms
IV. Subtle Methods
V. On Sounds
VI. The Sufi Method
VII. On Trikuti
General Hints
Obstacles

LESSON THIRTEEN: DHYANA (MEDITATION)
What Is Dhyana?
Benefits of Meditation
How to Meditate?
Saguna Meditation
Meditation on Jesus
Meditation on Lord Hari
Meditation on Om
Abstract Meditation
Experiences in Meditation
Obstacles in Meditation

LESSON FOURTEEN: SAMADHI
What Is Samadhi?
Aids to Samadhi
Obstacles to Samadhi
Jada and Chaitanya Samadhi
Savikalpa Samadhi
Nirvikalpa Samadhi

APPENDIX
Experiences in Raja Yoga
Twenty Hints on Meditation

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