Raja Yoga

  • Independence – Swami Vivekananda

    Independence – Swami Vivekananda

    This is the last and final part of the series by Swami Vivekananda from his work – Raja Yoga. The work of Raja Yoga is essentially an explanation of the Yoga Sutras (aphorisms) by Patanjali. Most of the modern day Yoga in some form or the other originates from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We’ve covered the…

  • Mystic Powers Of The Yogi – Swami Vivekananda

    Mystic Powers Of The Yogi – Swami Vivekananda

    We have now come to the chapter in which the Mystic Powers of the Yogi have been described. This is the 3rd part of the Yoga Sutras (aphorisms) of Patanjali as explained by Swami Vivekananda. In the first two parts, Swami Vivekananda describes the spiritual uses of concentration. These are the first 51 sutras by…

  • Concentration: Its Practice – Swami Vivekananda

    Concentration: Its Practice – Swami Vivekananda

    The practice of concentration is the second part in Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga and a continuation of the first part, which describes the spiritual uses of concentration. The first part has the first 51 sutras of Patanjali where the uses of concentration have been described. The second part discussed below has the next 55 sutras…

  • Concentration: It’s Spiritual Uses

    Concentration: It’s Spiritual Uses

    This post is from Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga and includes the first segment of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras interpreted and translated by Swami Vivekananda. This chapter from Raja Yoga essentially lists the first 51 Yoga Sutras from Patanjali’s 195 Yoga Sutras. Swami Vivekananda has explained these Sutras through four separate chapters in the book. The first…

  • Going Back To The Absolute – Swami Vivekananda

    Going Back To The Absolute – Swami Vivekananda

    The theory of eternal progression is untenable, for destruction is the goal of everything earthly. All our struggles and hopes and fears and joys, what will they lead to? We shall all end in death. Nothing is so certain as this. Where, then, is this motion in a straight line — this infinite progression? It…

  • Why Should You Never Hate & the Importance of Love – SwamiVivekananda

    Why Should You Never Hate & the Importance of Love – SwamiVivekananda

    Swami Vivekananda in his book Raja Yoga discusses the nature of creation and beautifully describes the positive effects of love and the problem with hate. This is an excerpt from one of the chapters. It seems the consensus of opinion of the great minds of the world, and it has been nearly demonstrated by researches…

  • Raja Yoga in Brief by Swami Vivekananda

    Raja Yoga in Brief by Swami Vivekananda

    The following is a summary of Raja-Yoga freely translated from the Kurma-Purana by Swami Vivekananda in his book Raja Yoga. The fire of Yoga burns the cage of sin that is around a man. Knowledge becomes purified and Nirvana is directly obtained. From Yoga comes knowledge; knowledge again helps the Yogi. He who combines in…

  • Superconsciousness Explained by Swami Vivekananda

    Superconsciousness Explained by Swami Vivekananda

    Superconsciousness and a means to achieve it have been beautifully explained by Swami Vivekananda in his book Raja Yoga. We see, as human beings, that all our knowledge which is called rational is referred to consciousness. My consciousness of this table, and of your presence, makes me know that the table and you are here.…

  • Dharana Basics by Swami Vivekananda

    Dharana Basics by Swami Vivekananda

    After you have practised Pratyahara for a time, take the next step, the Dharana, holding the mind to certain points. What is meant by holding the mind to certain points? Forcing the mind to feel certain parts of the body to the exclusion of others. For instance, try to feel only the hand, to the…

  • Pratyahara Basics – Withdrawal of Senses by Swami Vivekananda

    Pratyahara Basics – Withdrawal of Senses by Swami Vivekananda

    You know how perceptions come. First of all there are the external instruments, then the internal organs acting in the body through the brain centres, and there is the mind. When these come together and attach themselves to some external object, then we perceive it. At the same time it is a very difficult thing…