Swami Vivekananda born as born Narendranath Datta in Calcutta in 1863 is considered to be a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is considered as one of the most influential people of modern India and Hinduism.
Raja Yoga is a book by Swami Vivekananda about “Raja Yoga”, his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The book was published in July 1896. It became an instant success and was highly influential in the global understanding of yoga.
Raja Yoga contains transcripts of lectures by Swami Vivekananda & his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and his commentaries. It presents Vivekananda’s understanding and interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, “and a selection of Hatha yoga teachings on the basis of the beliefs that he shared with his students.
Swami Vivekananda’s other notable literary works include Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga.
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Raja Yoga is Swami Vivekananda‘s interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It has been a seminal work on Yoga and has helped spread the ancient knowledge of Yoga.
The book is comprised of multiple chapters, which introduce the practice of yoga, and then subsequently explain the sutras (aphorisms) by Patanjali. At its core Raja Yoga has 4 chapters, which explain the 195 Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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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…Read more on World Yoga Forum
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…Read more on World Yoga Forum
The exercises in Pranayama have been detailed out in the chapter titled The Control Of The Psychic Prana in the book Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. We have seen that the first step, according to…Read more on World Yoga Forum
Bhakti yoga, also called the bhakti marga or the path of devotion is a spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards any personal deity. It is one of the three paths in Hinduism which lead to Moksha (salvation), the other paths being Jnana yoga and Karma yoga. It has been discussed in detail by the Bhagvad Gita.
Bhakti Yoga is one of the key literary works by Swami Vivekananda, where he has discussed the path of devotion (bhakti) in detail.
There are a multitude of breathing practices and exercises that have been prescribed in many books on Yoga and meditation. Depending on the type of practice and your body, they tend to provide a lot of benefits. However, if you are a beginner, and are looking for a technique that can help you calm your mind try out the 4-4-8 breathing exercise. It has numerous mental and physical benefits. It has worked wonders for me every time I’ve done it. I had recently recommended this practice to a friend who was having constant headaches. These had started sometime after she …
You might have seen complex yoga poses on television or on the internet with yoga masters doing elaborate and complicated poses. In this post, I’ll share a few basics of Yoga poses or Yoga asanas based on what is mentioned in the original texts. 1. Yoga Poses are steady and comfortable The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define the Yoga pose as “Sthiram sukham aasanam “, meaning ‘that position which is comfortable and steady’. Patañjali (पतञ्जलि) has been the author of a number of Sanskrit works and the greatest of these is the Yoga sūtras. Yoga Sutras is a text on …
A reader of the World Yoga Forum asked us this question – “What exactly are you supposed to think when you try meditation?“. This question can exist for a lot of beginners. The mind is difficult to control and when you sit for meditation, it’s possible there are a hundred thousand thoughts that can come into your mind. The goal of meditation in the context of Yoga is simple – to still the mind! The answer to what should you think while meditating is simple – Nothing. You have to bring your mind to a non-active state. The next question …