Each Soul is potentially divine and the goal is to manifest the divinity that is within, by controlling nature, external and internal. We shall have to do this either by work, worship, psychic control, or philosophy - and eventually, all be free. This fascinating book contains a treatise on Raja yoga, and comprises a wealth of enlightening information on the subject sure to appeal to discerning students and enthusiastic beginners. Split into the two sections; 'Raja Yoga' and 'Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms', this book contains the chapters: The First Steps; Prana; The Psychic Prana; The Control of Psychic Prana; Patyahara and Dharana; Dhyana and Samadhi; Raja-Yoga in Brief; Powers; and Independence. Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and disciple of the nineteenth-century saint Ramakrishna. This book was originally published in 1923 and is proudly republished now complete with a new introduction to the subject.
This book is about the practice of Raja Yoga. The method has been called the soul of all the yogas. The emphsis here in on the control of the mind through concentration and meditation. Raja yoga is also called the yoga of meditation. It is regarded as the psychological way to union with God. Rousing the Kundalini is the one and only way to attain Divine Wisdom. The rousing may come in various ways: through love for God, through the mercy of perfected sages, or through the power of the analytic will of the philosopher. Wherever there was any manifestation of what is ordinarily called supernatural power or wisdom, there a little current of Kundalini must have found its way into the Sushumna. Only, in the vast majority of such cases, the people had ignorantly stumbled on some practice which set free a minute portion of the coiled-up Kundalini. All worship, consciously or unconsciously, leads to this end. The man who thinks that he is receiving response to his prayers does not know that the fulfillment comes from his own nature, that he has succeeded by the mental attitude of prayer in waking up a bit of this infinite power which is coiled up within himself. Thus, what people ignorantly worship under various names, through fear and tribulation, the Yogi declares to the world to be the real power coiled up in every being, the Mother of eternal happiness, if we but know how to approach her. And Raja Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles.
A key figure in the revival of Hinduism in India, and instrumental in introducing Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, Swami Vivekananda achieved more in his short 39 years than most could possibly achieve in two life-times. Vivekananda promoted Òthe science of religionÓ, the common threads of spirituality that run through almost all traditional religions that, despite dogmatic and ritual differences, hold the key to enlightenment. This volume contains two of his most famous and studied works. Raja Yoga (literally Òroyal yogaÓ) is his instructional manual on the mechanics of spirituality, focusing on meditation and mental control. Bhakti Yoga (Ódevotional yogaÓ) is, as Vivekananda himself puts it, Òa real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love.Ó Bhakti Yoga emphasizes practice over ritual. Contains an extensive glossary of Hindu and Buddhist terms.
This new text is a detailed study of an important process in modern Indian history. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, India experienced an intellectual renaissance, which owed as much to the influx of new ideas from the West as to traditional religious and cultural insights. Gosling examines the effects of the introduction of Western science into India, and the relationship between Indian traditions of thought and secular Western scientific doctrine. He charts the early development of science in India, its role in the secularization of Indian society, and the subsequent reassertion, adaptation and rejection of traditional modes of thought. The beliefs of key Indian scientists, including Jagadish Chandra Bose, P.C. Roy and S.N. Bose are explored and the book goes on to reflect upon how individual scientists could still accept particular religious beliefs such as reincarnation, cosmology, miracles and prayer. Science and the Indian Tradition gives an in-depth assessment of results of the introduction of Western science into India, and will be of interest to scholars of Indian history and those interested in the interaction between Western and Indian traditions of intellectual thought.
Release on 2013-11-27 | by Mark Singleton,Ellen Goldberg
Author: Mark Singleton,Ellen Goldberg
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press
Within most pre-modern, Indian traditions of yoga, the role of the guru is absolutely central. Indeed, it was often understood that yoga would simply not work without the grace of the guru. The modern period saw the dawn of new, democratic, scientific modes of yoga practice and teaching. While teachings and gurus have always adapted to the times and circumstances, the sheer pace of cultural change ushered in by modernity has led to some unprecedented innovations in the way gurus present themselves and their teachings, and the way they are received by their students. Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions of individual gurus to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga today. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindu diaspora. Each section deals with a different aspect of the guru within modern yoga. Included are extensive considerations of the transnational tantric guru; the teachings of modern yoga's best-known guru, T. Krishnamacharya, and those of his principal disciples; the place of technology, business and politics in the work of global yoga gurus; and the role of science and medicine. As a whole, the book represents an extensive and diverse picture of the place of the guru, both past and present, in contemporary yoga practice.
1902 Five lectures on the subject. All the orthodox systems of Indian philosophy have one goal in view, the liberation of the soul through perfection. Each soul is potentially divine. Contents: Raja Yoga - The First Steps, Prana, the Psychic Prana, e.