Author: Swami SivanandaPublisher: Divine Life SocietyYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 127ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170521106
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.
ContentsPrefaceIntroduction to YogaLESSON 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 NegativeLESSON 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