Author: Swami ChidanandaPublisher: Divine Life SocietyYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 254ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170520853
Of the many Yoga paths leading to God or the Supreme Reality, four are more commonly known. These are Karma Yoga or the Path of Selfless Service, Bhakti Yoga or the Path of Devotion, Raha Yoga or the Path of Mind Control and Jnana Yoga or the Path of Intellectual analysis. Even among these, Raja Yoga is popularly known as just Yoga, and similarly, Jnana Yoga is known as just Vedanta.Of the four paths, again, Raja Yoga is the one which is the most scientifically organized. It is also known as Ashtanga Yoga or the Yoga of Eight Steps, each step or rung leading in logical progression to the next one. Raja Yoga is the ladder connecting our phenomenal existence with the Great Noumenon and we have to ascend this ladder step by step with great care and circumspection. No step can be ignored or bypassed except at one’s own peril. Progress is assured provided the rules is bound to cause its own peril. Such is Raja Yoga propounded by that ancient sage Patanjali in the form of Sutras or terse aphorisms collectively known as Yoga Darshana.
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