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PRACTICE OF YOGA
PRACTICE OF YOGA
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About the Book:

The end and aim of human existence is universally accepted by all right-thinking men as the realisation of God-consciousness. As such, a clear and comprehensive knowledge of the various ways and means to that end will be most welcome. This knowledge goes by the name of Yoga, or the Science of the Self, which has been perfected by the saints and sages of yore.

This book contains many practical lessons on Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga which all can be termed simply as Yoga. It will help the aspirants in the path of Jnana to enjoy the Supreme Bliss of the Self. Followers of Raja Yoga will find in it valuable and interesting lessons for the attainment of perfect concentration and blissful state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Again, it serves as a divine light to all Bhaktas to fix their minds on the effulgent glory of their Ishta Devata, Students of Karma Yoga and Hatha Yoga will find a wealth of information and knowledge. To the spiritual aspirants this book will be a gift from the land of gods, as it were.

Karma Yoga removes the impurities of the mind and develops the heart. Bhakti Yoga destroys the tossing of the mind. Raja Yoga steadies the mind and develops concentration. Jnana Yoga removes the veil of ignorance and brings knowledge of the Self. Therefore one should practise all the four Yogas.

About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

CONTENTS

Publishers' Noteiii
Introductioniv
Chapter One
OBJECT OF YOGA
Yoga Defined3
Yoga and Jnana3
Miserable Mundane Life6
The Goal of Life10
God-realisation10
Chapter Two
FOUNDATION OF YOGA
Necessity for a Guru11
Selection of Aspirants12
Faith in Scriptures13
Brahmacharya13
Lack of Brahmacharya18
Mitahara18
Give up Salt20
Renunciation-Its Service to Brahma-jnana20
Seclusion for Three Years22
Sadhana Chatushtaya23
Chapter Three
ETHICAL CULTURE
Lead a Moral Life25
Dharma and Adharma26
Build Your Character28
Control Evil Habits31
Eradicate Negative Qualities36
Conserve Your Energy40
Chapter Four
PREPARATION FOR YOGA
Purification49
Ethical Training49
Importance of Yama and Niyama50
Destroy the Impurities51
Cultivate Virtues51
Develop Patience52
Medical Aid for Chitta-Suddhi53
Trataka53
What is Bhakti?54
Fruits of Bhakti54
Characteristics of a Bhakta55
Japa55
Chapter Five
YOGIC PHYSICAL EXERCISES AND PRANAYAMA
Benefit of Yogic Exercises56
Padmasana57
Siddhasana57
Sirshasana57
Sarvangasana59
Paschimottanasana60
Sukhapurvaka Pranayama60
Bhastrika Pranayama61
Sitali Pranayama61
Maha Mudra61
Uddiyana Bandha61
Chapter Six
MIND AND ITS FUNCTIONS
Essence of Sadhana62
Evolution of Mind62
Theory of Perception64
Pure and Impure Mind65
Mind in a Jnani66
Mind-A Frightened Bird67
Mind-A Mischievous Monkey67
Mind-A Playing Child68
Mind-A Wild Bull69
Mind-A Wild Horse69
Ever Control the Indriyas71
Control the Wandering Mind72
Thought-culture77
Mental Factory80
Memory-culture83
Important Exercises88
Instructions on Memory92
Will-culture98
How to Develop the Will99
Instructions on Will-Culture100
Chapter Seven
THE LAW OF KARMA
Nature107
The Law of Karma110
Man Is the Master of His Destiny114
Man Can Outgrow Environments115
Chapter Eight
OBSTACLES IN YOGA
Moha--Attachment120
Poor Health123
Impure and Immoderate Food124
Influence of Tamas125
Doubt127
Vishaya-Asakti127
Manorajya128
Dilly-dallying128
Shilly-shallying129
Evil Company130
The So-called Friends130
Jilly-jallying131
Name and Fame131
Irregularity and Cessation of Sadhana133
Lack of a Preceptor134
Fear135
Anger137
Force of Samskaras138
Samskara-Raksha140
Danger of Mixing140
Pratipaksha-Bhavana144
Chapter Nine
MEDITATION
Places of Meditation146
Brahmamuhurta147
Meditation Room147
Time for Meditation148
How Many Hours to Meditate149
Three Instrumental Causes149
Meditation and Action150
Elementals152
Real Rest in Meditation152
Remembrance in Meditation153
Hints on Meditation153
Instructions on Meditation157
Practical Instructions163
Meditation on Rose167
Meditation on a Buffalo168
Meditation on Mahatma Gandhiji169
Meditation on Virat-Purusha170
Meditation on Divine Songs170
Meditation on the Gita Slokas171
Meditation on Gayatri171
Meditation on Mahavakyas173
Concentration on Breath174
Meditation on Soham175
Saguna Meditation175
Nirguna Meditation176
Positive Meditation178
Negative Meditation179
Saguna and Nirguna Mediation179
Chapter Ten
SPECIAL SADHANA
Mauna183
Antaranga Sadhana183
Svara Sadhana184
Awakening the Kundalini186
Laya Yoga187
Auto-suggestion188
Chapter Eleven
THE YOGA OF WISDOM
Theory of Vedanta191
Important Qualifications193
Jnana Yoga Sadhana195
Your Real Nature197
Residuum of Ignorance198
The Five Sheaths200
Jiva in Sleep202
Sat-Chit-Ananda203
Svarupa Jnana204
Nature of Moksha204
Cosmic Consciousness206
Omniscience210
Ajati-Vada211
Brahmakara Vritti213
Fate of Brahmakara Vritti214
Nature of a Jivanmukta216
Who is a Jnani217
Vedantic Meditation218
Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samadhi219
Chapter Twelve
MYSTIC EXPERIENCES
Anahata Sounds222
Mind Moves222
Feeling of Separation223
Materialisation224
Astral Journey224
Lights in Meditation225
Dazzling Lights226
APPENDICES
Appendix One
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS231
Appendix Two
GARLAND OF YOGA
A Real Guru242
Pseudo-Gurus243
The Ashram Life246
Advice to Sannyasa Students248
Health and Yoga251
Yogic Powers254
Special Instructions256
Appendix Three
LIVES OF GREAT SAINTS
Sankaracharya and His Disciple265
Ekanath266
Jada Bharata268
Kabir's Method of Sadhana270
Tiruvalluvar's Wife270
Drona and His Disciples271
Gladstone and Balfour272
Ranti Deva272
Nama Deva273
Tukaram274
Damaji275
Nandana275
Swami Krishna Ashram276
Siddharudha Swami277
Appendix Four
ANECDOTES
A Brahmin Priest278
A Soldier Bhakta279
A Saint280
GLOSSARY282

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The end and aim of human existence is universally accepted by all right-thinking men as the realisation of God-consciousness. As such, a clear and comprehensive knowledge of the various ways and means to that end will be most welcome. This knowledge goes by the name of Yoga, or the Science of the Self, which has been perfected by the saints and sages of yore.

This book contains many practical lessons on Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga which all can be termed simply as Yoga. It will help the aspirants in the path of Jnana to enjoy the Supreme Bliss of the Self. Followers of Raja Yoga will find in it valuable and interesting lessons for the attainment of perfect concentration and blissful state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Again, it serves as a divine light to all Bhaktas to fix their minds on the effulgent glory of their Ishta Devata, Students of Karma Yoga and Hatha Yoga will find a wealth of information and knowledge. To the spiritual aspirants this book will be a gift from the land of gods, as it were.

Karma Yoga removes the impurities of the mind and develops the heart. Bhakti Yoga destroys the tossing of the mind. Raja Yoga steadies the mind and develops concentration. Jnana Yoga removes the veil of ignorance and brings knowledge of the Self. Therefore one should practise all the four Yogas.

About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

CONTENTS

Publishers' Noteiii
Introductioniv
Chapter One
OBJECT OF YOGA
Yoga Defined3
Yoga and Jnana3
Miserable Mundane Life6
The Goal of Life10
God-realisation10
Chapter Two
FOUNDATION OF YOGA
Necessity for a Guru11
Selection of Aspirants12
Faith in Scriptures13
Brahmacharya13
Lack of Brahmacharya18
Mitahara18
Give up Salt20
Renunciation-Its Service to Brahma-jnana20
Seclusion for Three Years22
Sadhana Chatushtaya23
Chapter Three
ETHICAL CULTURE
Lead a Moral Life25
Dharma and Adharma26
Build Your Character28
Control Evil Habits31
Eradicate Negative Qualities36
Conserve Your Energy40
Chapter Four
PREPARATION FOR YOGA
Purification49
Ethical Training49
Importance of Yama and Niyama50
Destroy the Impurities51
Cultivate Virtues51
Develop Patience52
Medical Aid for Chitta-Suddhi53
Trataka53
What is Bhakti?54
Fruits of Bhakti54
Characteristics of a Bhakta55
Japa55
Chapter Five
YOGIC PHYSICAL EXERCISES AND PRANAYAMA
Benefit of Yogic Exercises56
Padmasana57
Siddhasana57
Sirshasana57
Sarvangasana59
Paschimottanasana60
Sukhapurvaka Pranayama60
Bhastrika Pranayama61
Sitali Pranayama61
Maha Mudra61
Uddiyana Bandha61
Chapter Six
MIND AND ITS FUNCTIONS
Essence of Sadhana62
Evolution of Mind62
Theory of Perception64
Pure and Impure Mind65
Mind in a Jnani66
Mind-A Frightened Bird67
Mind-A Mischievous Monkey67
Mind-A Playing Child68
Mind-A Wild Bull69
Mind-A Wild Horse69
Ever Control the Indriyas71
Control the Wandering Mind72
Thought-culture77
Mental Factory80
Memory-culture83
Important Exercises88
Instructions on Memory92
Will-culture98
How to Develop the Will99
Instructions on Will-Culture100
Chapter Seven
THE LAW OF KARMA
Nature107
The Law of Karma110
Man Is the Master of His Destiny114
Man Can Outgrow Environments115
Chapter Eight
OBSTACLES IN YOGA
Moha--Attachment120
Poor Health123
Impure and Immoderate Food124
Influence of Tamas125
Doubt127
Vishaya-Asakti127
Manorajya128
Dilly-dallying128
Shilly-shallying129
Evil Company130
The So-called Friends130
Jilly-jallying131
Name and Fame131
Irregularity and Cessation of Sadhana133
Lack of a Preceptor134
Fear135
Anger137
Force of Samskaras138
Samskara-Raksha140
Danger of Mixing140
Pratipaksha-Bhavana144
Chapter Nine
MEDITATION
Places of Meditation146
Brahmamuhurta147
Meditation Room147
Time for Meditation148
How Many Hours to Meditate149
Three Instrumental Causes149
Meditation and Action150
Elementals152
Real Rest in Meditation152
Remembrance in Meditation153
Hints on Meditation153
Instructions on Meditation157
Practical Instructions163
Meditation on Rose167
Meditation on a Buffalo168
Meditation on Mahatma Gandhiji169
Meditation on Virat-Purusha170
Meditation on Divine Songs170
Meditation on the Gita Slokas171
Meditation on Gayatri171
Meditation on Mahavakyas173
Concentration on Breath174
Meditation on Soham175
Saguna Meditation175
Nirguna Meditation176
Positive Meditation178
Negative Meditation179
Saguna and Nirguna Mediation179
Chapter Ten
SPECIAL SADHANA
Mauna183
Antaranga Sadhana183
Svara Sadhana184
Awakening the Kundalini186
Laya Yoga187
Auto-suggestion188
Chapter Eleven
THE YOGA OF WISDOM
Theory of Vedanta191
Important Qualifications193
Jnana Yoga Sadhana195
Your Real Nature197
Residuum of Ignorance198
The Five Sheaths200
Jiva in Sleep202
Sat-Chit-Ananda203
Svarupa Jnana204
Nature of Moksha204
Cosmic Consciousness206
Omniscience210
Ajati-Vada211
Brahmakara Vritti213
Fate of Brahmakara Vritti214
Nature of a Jivanmukta216
Who is a Jnani217
Vedantic Meditation218
Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samadhi219
Chapter Twelve
MYSTIC EXPERIENCES
Anahata Sounds222
Mind Moves222
Feeling of Separation223
Materialisation224
Astral Journey224
Lights in Meditation225
Dazzling Lights226
APPENDICES
Appendix One
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS231
Appendix Two
GARLAND OF YOGA
A Real Guru242
Pseudo-Gurus243
The Ashram Life246
Advice to Sannyasa Students248
Health and Yoga251
Yogic Powers254
Special Instructions256
Appendix Three
LIVES OF GREAT SAINTS
Sankaracharya and His Disciple265
Ekanath266
Jada Bharata268
Kabir's Method of Sadhana270
Tiruvalluvar's Wife270
Drona and His Disciples271
Gladstone and Balfour272
Ranti Deva272
Nama Deva273
Tukaram274
Damaji275
Nandana275
Swami Krishna Ashram276
Siddharudha Swami277
Appendix Four
ANECDOTES
A Brahmin Priest278
A Soldier Bhakta279
A Saint280
GLOSSARY282

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