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Item Code: IDG185
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: The Divine Life Society
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 8170520134
Pages: 288 (Color Illus: 1)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"

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' Note iii
Introduction iv
Chapter One
 
OBJECT OF YOGA
 
Yoga Defined 3
Yoga and Jnana 3
Miserable Mundane Life 6
The Goal of Life 10
God-realisation 10
Chapter Two
 
FOUNDATION OF YOGA
 
Necessity for a Guru 11
Selection of Aspirants 12
Faith in Scriptures 13
Brahmacharya 13
Lack of Brahmacharya 18
Mitahara 18
Give up Salt 20
Renunciation-Its Service to Brahma-jnana 20
Seclusion for Three Years 22
Sadhana Chatushtaya 23
Chapter Three
 
ETHICAL CULTURE
 
Lead a Moral Life 25
Dharma and Adharma 26
Build Your Character 28
Control Evil Habits 31
Eradicate Negative Qualities 36
Conserve Your Energy 40
Chapter Four
 
PREPARATION FOR YOGA
 
Purification 49
Ethical Training 49
Importance of Yama and Niyama 50
Destroy the Impurities 51
Cultivate Virtues 51
Develop Patience 52
Medical Aid for Chitta-Suddhi 53
Trataka 53
What is Bhakti? 54
Fruits of Bhakti 54
Characteristics of a Bhakta 55
Japa 55
Chapter Five
 
YOGIC PHYSICAL EXERCISES AND PRANAYAMA
 
Benefit of Yogic Exercises 56
Padmasana 57
Siddhasana 57
Sirshasana 57
Sarvangasana 59
Paschimottanasana 60
Sukhapurvaka Pranayama 60
Bhastrika Pranayama 61
Sitali Pranayama 61
Maha Mudra 61
Uddiyana Bandha 61
Chapter Six
 
MIND AND ITS FUNCTIONS
 
Essence of Sadhana 62
Evolution of Mind 62
Theory of Perception 64
Pure and Impure Mind 65
Mind in a Jnani 66
Mind-A Frightened Bird 67
Mind-A Mischievous Monkey 67
Mind-A Playing Child 68
Mind-A Wild Bull 69
Mind-A Wild Horse 69
Ever Control the Indriyas 71
Control the Wandering Mind 72
Thought-culture 77
Mental Factory 80
Memory-culture 83
Important Exercises 88
Instructions on Memory 92
Will-culture 98
How to Develop the Will 99
Instructions on Will-Culture 100
Chapter Seven
 
THE LAW OF KARMA
 
Nature 107
The Law of Karma 110
Man Is the Master of His Destiny 114
Man Can Outgrow Environments 115
Chapter Eight
 
OBSTACLES IN YOGA
 
Moha--Attachment 120
Poor Health 123
Impure and Immoderate Food 124
Influence of Tamas 125
Doubt 127
Vishaya-Asakti 127
Manorajya 128
Dilly-dallying 128
Shilly-shallying 129
Evil Company 130
The So-called Friends 130
Jilly-jallying 131
Name and Fame 131
Irregularity and Cessation of Sadhana 133
Lack of a Preceptor 134
Fear 135
Anger 137
Force of Samskaras 138
Samskara-Raksha 140
Danger of Mixing 140
Pratipaksha-Bhavana 144
Chapter Nine
 
MEDITATION
 
Places of Meditation 146
Brahmamuhurta 147
Meditation Room 147
Time for Meditation 148
How Many Hours to Meditate 149
Three Instrumental Causes 149
Meditation and Action 150
Elementals 152
Real Rest in Meditation 152
Remembrance in Meditation 153
Hints on Meditation 153
Instructions on Meditation 157
Practical Instructions 163
Meditation on Rose 167
Meditation on a Buffalo 168
Meditation on Mahatma Gandhiji 169
Meditation on Virat-Purusha 170
Meditation on Divine Songs 170
Meditation on the Gita Slokas 171
Meditation on Gayatri 171
Meditation on Mahavakyas 173
Concentration on Breath 174
Meditation on Soham 175
Saguna Meditation 175
Nirguna Meditation 176
Positive Meditation 178
Negative Meditation 179
Saguna and Nirguna Mediation 179
Chapter Ten
 
SPECIAL SADHANA
 
Mauna 183
Antaranga Sadhana 183
Svara Sadhana 184
Awakening the Kundalini 186
Laya Yoga 187
Auto-suggestion 188
Chapter Eleven
 
THE YOGA OF WISDOM
 
Theory of Vedanta 191
Important Qualifications 193
Jnana Yoga Sadhana 195
Your Real Nature 197
Residuum of Ignorance 198
The Five Sheaths 200
Jiva in Sleep 202
Sat-Chit-Ananda 203
Svarupa Jnana 204
Nature of Moksha 204
Cosmic Consciousness 206
Omniscience 210
Ajati-Vada 211
Brahmakara Vritti 213
Fate of Brahmakara Vritti 214
Nature of a Jivanmukta 216
Who is a Jnani 217
Vedantic Meditation 218
Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samadhi 219
Chapter Twelve
 
MYSTIC EXPERIENCES
 
Anahata Sounds 222
Mind Moves 222
Feeling of Separation 223
Materialisation 224
Astral Journey 224
Lights in Meditation 225
Dazzling Lights 226
APPENDICES
 
Appendix One
 
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 231
Appendix Two
 
GARLAND OF YOGA
 
A Real Guru 242
Pseudo-Gurus 243
The Ashram Life 246
Advice to Sannyasa Students 248
Health and Yoga 251
Yogic Powers 254
Special Instructions 256
Appendix Three
 
LIVES OF GREAT SAINTS
 
Sankaracharya and His Disciple 265
Ekanath 266
Jada Bharata 268
Kabir's Method of Sadhana 270
Tiruvalluvar's Wife 270
Drona and His Disciples 271
Gladstone and Balfour 272
Ranti Deva 272
Nama Deva 273
Tukaram 274
Damaji 275
Nandana 275
Swami Krishna Ashram 276
Siddharudha Swami 277
Appendix Four
 
ANECDOTES
 
A Brahmin Priest 278
A Soldier Bhakta 279
A Saint 280
GLOSSARY 282
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