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Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga
Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga
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Preface

The fourteen elementary lessons on Raja Yoga are meant for the seeker who said, ‘-Yoga is my ideal, but I know not whether it is a kind of mystic esoterism of the psyche, or a process of acquiring supernatural feats coveted by early mortals.’ Here is, consequently, a comprehensive, clear and succinct exposition of the wonderful, psycho-analytical and highly rational system of Raja Yoga, which goes a long way to dispel wrong notions of its true nature, and emphasise its extraordinary value in the emolument of true happiness and an integral development of the personality of man.

Here is found an enumeration of Patanjali’s octagonal system which begins with ethical discipline and ends with the final dissolution of individual perception in the cosmic consciousness-whole. Auxiliary notes have been added to this to specie’ the qualifications required of a Yogic student, the diet to be chosen, the process of harmonising the mental modifications, etc. Added to these is an exposition of the Philosophy of Om which provides a basis for the practice of concentration and meditation.

To refresh your memory and to help summaries each lesson, questions have been given at the end of every lesson.

No impossible methods are advocated herein. No one need forsake his or her avocation to pursue the path of Yoga. No sectarian doctrine hovers round its objectives. No allegiance is demanded to a particular cult. The science of Raja Yoga is universal, it is applicable to all. Here indeed is shown the way to live a full and happy life to one’s own personal advantage and usefulness to others.

 

Back of the Book

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

 

Preface 6
Introduction to Yoga 8
Lesson One
What is Yoga
25
Fruits of Yoga.  
the Three Gunas. 25
The Universal Substratum. 26
Preliminary Sadhana . 27
Lesson Two
Qualifications of a Yogic Student
 
Selflessness and Cosmic Love. 29
Purity and Self-restraint. 30
Virtues for Rapid Progress. 30
Eradicate Evil Qualities . 31
Lesson Three
Yogic Diet
 
Influence of Food. 33
Qualities of Food . 33
Selection of Diet . 34
Knowledge of Dietetics. 35
Be Judicious. 35
Nature of Foodstuffs. 36
Eat To Live. 37
Meat-eating Is Ruinous . 38
General Hints. 38
Lesson Four
Mind And Its Control
 
What Is Mind. 40
Modifications of Mind. 40
As You Think, So You Become. 41
Mind and Prana . 41
The Dividing Wall. 42
Control of Mind. 43
The Cause for Bondage. 43
Lesson Five
The Three Gunas
 
Influence of Sattva. 47
Power of Rajas. 48
Sway of Tamas. 48
The Contrasts. 49
without Gunas There Is No World. 50
Lesson Six
Philosophy Of Om
 
What Is 0m. 52
The Goal is Om. 53
Meditation On Om. 53
All Indeed Is Om . 54
the Common Symbol . 55
Realise Through Om . 56
Lesson Seven
Yama Niyama
 
The Eightfold Yoga . 58
What Is Yama. 58
Ahimsa. 58
Power of Ahimsa. 59
Who Can Practice Ahimsa. 60
Satya (Truthfulness) . 61
Asteya (Non-stealing) . 61
Brahmachaiya (Continence) . 62
Aparigraha (Non-covetousness). 63
Niyama (Observance) . 63
Lesson Eight
Asana
 
What is Asana. 65
Poses for Meditation . 65
Important Asanas: Their Benefits . 66
Anyone Can Practise Asanas. 67
General Hints. 68
Lesson Nine
Prana
 
What Is Prana. 70
the Connecting Link. 71
the Power Behind. 72
Control the Prana. 72
A Curative Force. 73
Lesson Ten
Pranayama
 
What Is Pranayama. 75
Exercise No. 1. 75
Exercise No. 2. 76
Exercise No. 3. 76
Exercise No. 4. 76
Ex. No. 5: Savasana Pranayama. 4. 77
Ex. No. 6: Bhastrika. 4. 77
Lx. No. 7: Kapalabhati. 78
Ex. No. 8: Ujjayi. 78
Ex. No. 9: Sitkari. 778
Ex. No. 10: Sitali . 79
Ex. No. 11: SuryaBheda. 79
Ex. No. 12: Bandhatraya Pranayama. 79
Ex. No. 13: Kevala Kumbhaka. 80
EX. NO. 14: Deep breathing. 80
Pranic Healing. 80
Distant Healing. 81
General flints. 81
General Benefits. 82
Lesson Eleven
Pratyahara
 
What Is Pratyahara. 84
How to Practice Pratyahara . 85
Aids to Pratyahara. 86
Obstacles to Pratyahara. 88
A Raja Yogic Sadhana. 88
Lesson Twelve
Dharana (Concentration)
 
What is dharana. 90
Aids to Coneentration. 90
How to concentrate. 91
i. On Ishta Devata. 92
ii. For Christians. 92
iii. For Christians. 92
iv. Subtble Methods. 93
v. on sounds. 93
vi. The Sufi Method. 94
vii. On Trikuti. 94
General hints. 94
Obstaacles. 94
Lesson Thirteen
Dhyan (Meditation)
 
What Is Dhyana?. 97
Benefits of Meditation. 97
How to Meditate. 98
Saguna Meditation. 99
Meditation on Lord Hari. 99
Meditation on Lord Hari. 100
Meditation on Om. 100
Abstract Meditation. 101
Experiences in Meditation. 102
Obstacles in Meditation. 104
Lesson Fourteen
Samadhi
 
What Is Samadhi. 106
Aids to Samadhi. 107
Obstacles to Samadhi. 107
Jada and Catania Samadhi . 108
Savikalpa Samadhi . 108
Nirvikalpa Samadhi. 109

Apenedix
 
Experiences in Raja Yoga . 115
Twenty Hints on Meditation. 123

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Preface

The fourteen elementary lessons on Raja Yoga are meant for the seeker who said, ‘-Yoga is my ideal, but I know not whether it is a kind of mystic esoterism of the psyche, or a process of acquiring supernatural feats coveted by early mortals.’ Here is, consequently, a comprehensive, clear and succinct exposition of the wonderful, psycho-analytical and highly rational system of Raja Yoga, which goes a long way to dispel wrong notions of its true nature, and emphasise its extraordinary value in the emolument of true happiness and an integral development of the personality of man.

Here is found an enumeration of Patanjali’s octagonal system which begins with ethical discipline and ends with the final dissolution of individual perception in the cosmic consciousness-whole. Auxiliary notes have been added to this to specie’ the qualifications required of a Yogic student, the diet to be chosen, the process of harmonising the mental modifications, etc. Added to these is an exposition of the Philosophy of Om which provides a basis for the practice of concentration and meditation.

To refresh your memory and to help summaries each lesson, questions have been given at the end of every lesson.

No impossible methods are advocated herein. No one need forsake his or her avocation to pursue the path of Yoga. No sectarian doctrine hovers round its objectives. No allegiance is demanded to a particular cult. The science of Raja Yoga is universal, it is applicable to all. Here indeed is shown the way to live a full and happy life to one’s own personal advantage and usefulness to others.

 

Back of the Book

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

 

Preface 6
Introduction to Yoga 8
Lesson One
What is Yoga
25
Fruits of Yoga.  
the Three Gunas. 25
The Universal Substratum. 26
Preliminary Sadhana . 27
Lesson Two
Qualifications of a Yogic Student
 
Selflessness and Cosmic Love. 29
Purity and Self-restraint. 30
Virtues for Rapid Progress. 30
Eradicate Evil Qualities . 31
Lesson Three
Yogic Diet
 
Influence of Food. 33
Qualities of Food . 33
Selection of Diet . 34
Knowledge of Dietetics. 35
Be Judicious. 35
Nature of Foodstuffs. 36
Eat To Live. 37
Meat-eating Is Ruinous . 38
General Hints. 38
Lesson Four
Mind And Its Control
 
What Is Mind. 40
Modifications of Mind. 40
As You Think, So You Become. 41
Mind and Prana . 41
The Dividing Wall. 42
Control of Mind. 43
The Cause for Bondage. 43
Lesson Five
The Three Gunas
 
Influence of Sattva. 47
Power of Rajas. 48
Sway of Tamas. 48
The Contrasts. 49
without Gunas There Is No World. 50
Lesson Six
Philosophy Of Om
 
What Is 0m. 52
The Goal is Om. 53
Meditation On Om. 53
All Indeed Is Om . 54
the Common Symbol . 55
Realise Through Om . 56
Lesson Seven
Yama Niyama
 
The Eightfold Yoga . 58
What Is Yama. 58
Ahimsa. 58
Power of Ahimsa. 59
Who Can Practice Ahimsa. 60
Satya (Truthfulness) . 61
Asteya (Non-stealing) . 61
Brahmachaiya (Continence) . 62
Aparigraha (Non-covetousness). 63
Niyama (Observance) . 63
Lesson Eight
Asana
 
What is Asana. 65
Poses for Meditation . 65
Important Asanas: Their Benefits . 66
Anyone Can Practise Asanas. 67
General Hints. 68
Lesson Nine
Prana
 
What Is Prana. 70
the Connecting Link. 71
the Power Behind. 72
Control the Prana. 72
A Curative Force. 73
Lesson Ten
Pranayama
 
What Is Pranayama. 75
Exercise No. 1. 75
Exercise No. 2. 76
Exercise No. 3. 76
Exercise No. 4. 76
Ex. No. 5: Savasana Pranayama. 4. 77
Ex. No. 6: Bhastrika. 4. 77
Lx. No. 7: Kapalabhati. 78
Ex. No. 8: Ujjayi. 78
Ex. No. 9: Sitkari. 778
Ex. No. 10: Sitali . 79
Ex. No. 11: SuryaBheda. 79
Ex. No. 12: Bandhatraya Pranayama. 79
Ex. No. 13: Kevala Kumbhaka. 80
EX. NO. 14: Deep breathing. 80
Pranic Healing. 80
Distant Healing. 81
General flints. 81
General Benefits. 82
Lesson Eleven
Pratyahara
 
What Is Pratyahara. 84
How to Practice Pratyahara . 85
Aids to Pratyahara. 86
Obstacles to Pratyahara. 88
A Raja Yogic Sadhana. 88
Lesson Twelve
Dharana (Concentration)
 
What is dharana. 90
Aids to Coneentration. 90
How to concentrate. 91
i. On Ishta Devata. 92
ii. For Christians. 92
iii. For Christians. 92
iv. Subtble Methods. 93
v. on sounds. 93
vi. The Sufi Method. 94
vii. On Trikuti. 94
General hints. 94
Obstaacles. 94
Lesson Thirteen
Dhyan (Meditation)
 
What Is Dhyana?. 97
Benefits of Meditation. 97
How to Meditate. 98
Saguna Meditation. 99
Meditation on Lord Hari. 99
Meditation on Lord Hari. 100
Meditation on Om. 100
Abstract Meditation. 101
Experiences in Meditation. 102
Obstacles in Meditation. 104
Lesson Fourteen
Samadhi
 
What Is Samadhi. 106
Aids to Samadhi. 107
Obstacles to Samadhi. 107
Jada and Catania Samadhi . 108
Savikalpa Samadhi . 108
Nirvikalpa Samadhi. 109

Apenedix
 
Experiences in Raja Yoga . 115
Twenty Hints on Meditation. 123

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