Raja Yoga

The eight steps of Raja Yoga

The eight steps of Raja Yoga

(Excerpt from “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

The blueprint for this base is found in the ashtanga, or eight limbs, of Raja Yoga. These eight progressive steps are yama (abstentions), niyama (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (superconscious state). The first five steps form the basis for concentration.

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Introduction to Meditation Weekend | Sivananda Yoga Ranch

Meditation to strengthen the mind

Meditation to strengthen the mind

Overreaction to words and jumping to conclusions are weakness of the mind. The vrittis, the thought waves, must be restrained, not only during meditation, but at all times. One must be particularly wary of praise, for this too is verbal delusion and the ego is ever ready to pounce on any opportunity to see itself as better or different from others. (Excerpt from “Vishnudevananda Upadesa” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

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Why meditate?

Why meditate

(Message from “Bliss Divine” by Swami Sivananda; Excerpt from the book “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

Without the help of meditation, you cannot attain Knowledge of the Self. Without its aid, you cannot grow into the divine state. Without it, you cannot liberate yourself from the trammels of the mind and attain immortality.

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LIFE AND ITS PURPOSE

Have you understood the significance and the glory of human life?

Have you realised what a precious gift and veritable divine power this human birth is? Do you not feel that life is meant for the fulfillment of a most sublime purpose? Truly it is meant for the attainment of a lofty goal, namely divine perfection and perennial peace and bliss. You all know quite well that life is not merely the act of breathing, digesting, eliminating, thinking, feeling, knowing, willing, etc. Life is not meant for eating, seeing, sleeping and dying miserably in the end.

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