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
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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.
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