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RAJA YOGA
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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.

Publishers' Note:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Maharshi are the standard Text on Yoga and these Sutras constitute a philosophy as well as a practical technique of meditation. The purpose of the Yoga way of analysis is an overcoming of the limitations of both subjectivity and objectivity and a union of the deepest within us and the deepest in the Cosmos. Yoga is not one way of living among many. It is the only way-gathering of your personality with one purpose. The removal of the idea of externality of the object is the process of meditation. There are certain misconceptions about Yoga. It is based on a sound philosophy and deep psychology. It is an education process by which the human mind is trained to become more and more natural and weaned from the unnatural conditions of life.

Very few authentic commentaries on the Yoga Sutras are available today. And, the aspirants in this science-minded world of today take a keener interest in this Branch of Yoga. All the Western Sadhakas take to the pratice of Raja Yoga. In Europe and America, hundreds of men and women Sadhakas owe their progress in the practice of Raja Yoga to the practical and efficient guidance of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Sri Swamiji's approach is direct, clear and positive.

There has been a persistent demand for a reprint of Sri Swamiji's Raja Yoga. We are happy now to be able to present the readers with a reprint of this precious volume.

28th July, 1999

Sri Guru Purnima

THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

CONTENTS

Publishers' Notevi
Instructions of Sankaravii
Sri Sadguru Stotraix
Introductionxvii
Chapter I
WHAT IS YOGA?
1.Yoga Defined3
2.Object of Yoga9
Chapter II
YOGA SADHANA
1.Hints on Sadhana11
2.Bhakti Yoga Sadhana11
3.Hatha Yoga Sadhana12
4.Karma Yoga Sadhana12
5.Raja Yoga Sadhana12
6.Jnana Yoga Sadhana13
7.Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga13
8.Difference Paths14
9.Period of Sadhana15
10.What Is Vairagya15
11.Para Vairagya18
12.Auxiliaries to Yoga Sadhana19
13.Obstacles of Distractions20
14.Causes of Distractions21
15.Remedy for Distractions22
Chapter III
YAMA
1.Eight Accessories of Yoga24
2.Benefits of the Accessories24
3.What Is Yama25
4.Universal Vows26
5.Ahimsa27
6.Satya28
7.Asteya29
8.Brahmacharya30
9.Aparigraha31
Chapter IV
NIYAMA
1.What Is Niyama32
2.Kriya Yoga33
3.Benefits of Purification34
4.Benefits of Eternal Purification34
5.Benefits of Internal Purification35
6.Santosha36
7.Tapas36
8.Svadhyaya37
9.Isvarapranidhana37
Chapter V
BHAKTI IN YOGA
1.Who Is Isvara39
2.Source of Knowledge39
3.The Guru of All40
4.Name of Isvara40
5.Japa of Om42
6.Benefits of Japa44
7.Benefits of Devotion44
8.Instructions on Bhakti45
Chapter VI
ASANA
1.What Is Asana47
2.How to Get Asanajaya49
3.Benefits of Asana50
4.Instructions on Asanas50
Chapter VII
PRANAYAMA
1.What Is Pranayama52
2.What Is Prana52
3.Yoga Nadis54
4.Chakras54
5.Prana and Mind55
6.Prana and Breath55
7.Pranayama Exercises56
8.Preliminary Exercise57
9.Sukha Purvaka Pranayama58
10.Kevala Kumbhaka59
11.Benefits of Pranayama59
12.Mind Fit for Concentration60
13.Hints on Pranayama Practice60
Chapter VIII
MIND
PART 1- MODIFICATIONS OF MIND
1.Modifications of Mind62
2.Five Modifications63
3.Pramana63
4.Viparyaya65
5.Vikalpa65
6.Nidra67
7.Smriti67
PART 2- AFFLICTIONS OF MIND
1.What Are the Afflictions68
2.What Is Avidya69
3.Avidya Explained70
4.How to Remove Avidya70
5.What Is Egoism71
6.What Is Raga72
7.What Is Dvesha73
8.What Is Abhinivesa73
9.How ot Remove Raga, Dvesha and Abhinivesa74
10.How to Remove Evil Thoughts75
11.What Is Pratipaksha Bhavana75
12.The Root of Afflictions77
13.The Effect of Afflictions78
14.Fruits of Afflictions80
15.Destroy Afflictions80
16.Karma in a Yogis81
17.Karma and Environments81
18.Karmas in a Viveki82
19.Avoid Misery83
20.The Cause of Misery84
21.Definition of "The Seen"85
22.Ignorance Is the Cause86
23.The Means for Kaivalya87
PART 3-DESIRES
1.Consecutiveness in Desires87
2.Desire Is Beginningless89
3.How to Destroy Desires90
4.Mind Acts for the Purusha91
5.Desireless Mind91
PART 4-GUNAS
1.Time and Gunas92
2.Nature of Characteristics92
3.Reality of Things93
4.Stages of Gunas95
5.Hints on Gunas96
PART 5-MYSTERIES OF MIND
1.Ways of Mind Differ97
2.Mind and Perception97
3.Mind Is Coloured by Objects98
4.Purusha Knows All Modifications99
5.Mind Is Not Self-Iuminous99
6.Mind Does One Things at a Time100
7.Cognition by One Mind101
8.Mind Shines by Borrowed Light102
9.Mind Understands Everything102
10.Transformation of Mind103
11.Dharmi Explained103
12.Changes in Dharmas104
PART 6- CONTROL OF MIND
1.Control by Abhyasa and Vairagya104
2.What Is Abhyasa105
3.Control by Suppression of Vrittis106
4.Make the Suppression Steady107
5.Control Mind by Virtues107
6.Control Mind by Pranayama108
7.Control Mind by Vedantic Method108
Chapter IX
PRATYAHARA
1.What Is Pratyahara109
2.Benefits of Pratyahara110
Chapter X
DHARANA
1.What Is Dharana112
2.The Mind of Distractions113
3.Dharana on Sense Perception114
4.Dharana on Sattvic Mind115
5.Dharana on the Desireless Mind116
6.Dharana on the Knowledge of Dream116
7.Dharana on Triputi117
8.Dharana on Any Chosen Object118
9.The Concentrated Mind119
10.Benefits of Dharana120
11.Instructions on Dharana121
Chapter XI
SAMYAMA
1.What Is Samyama123
2.Samyama As Antaranga Sadhana123
3.Samyama As Bahiranga Sadhana124
4.Benefits of Samyama124
5.Samyama on External Objects125
6.Samyama on Internal Centres130
7.Samyama on Virtues135
8.Samyama on discrimination136
9.Samyama on Sabda and Artha136
10.Samyama on Karma137
11.Samyama on Chakras and Nadis138
12.Fruits of Pratibha142
13.What Is Taraka142
14.Parakaya Pravesa143
15.Samyama on Forms146
16.Eight Siddhis147
17.Perfection of Body148
18.Other Means for Siddhis149
19.Instruction on Samyama150
Chapter XII
DHYANA
1.What Is Dhyana154
2.Instructions on Dhyana154
Chapter XIII
SAMADHI
1.What Is Samadhi158
2.Means for Samadhi158
3.Dharmamegha Samadhi161
4.Benefits of Dharmamegha Samadhi161
5.Samprajnata Samadhi164
6.Asamprajnata Samadhi167
7.Benefits of Nirvichara Samadhi170
8.Instructions on Samadhi175
Chapter XIV
KAIVALYA
1.What Is Kaivalya178
2.Means for Kaivalya178
3.Purusha Cognises Through Intellect179
4.Knowable Is for the Purusha180
5.Pradhana Is Not Destroyed180
6.Samyoga Explained181
7.Mind Is Not Purusha181
8.Discrimination Is Sevenfold182
9.Mind Fit for Kaivalya183
10.Thoughts Are Obstacles183
11.Remedy for Obstacles184
Epilogue186
APPENDICES
A.Gleanings189
B.Psychic Influence194
C.Glossary209
D.Reference to Sutras216

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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.

Publishers' Note:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Maharshi are the standard Text on Yoga and these Sutras constitute a philosophy as well as a practical technique of meditation. The purpose of the Yoga way of analysis is an overcoming of the limitations of both subjectivity and objectivity and a union of the deepest within us and the deepest in the Cosmos. Yoga is not one way of living among many. It is the only way-gathering of your personality with one purpose. The removal of the idea of externality of the object is the process of meditation. There are certain misconceptions about Yoga. It is based on a sound philosophy and deep psychology. It is an education process by which the human mind is trained to become more and more natural and weaned from the unnatural conditions of life.

Very few authentic commentaries on the Yoga Sutras are available today. And, the aspirants in this science-minded world of today take a keener interest in this Branch of Yoga. All the Western Sadhakas take to the pratice of Raja Yoga. In Europe and America, hundreds of men and women Sadhakas owe their progress in the practice of Raja Yoga to the practical and efficient guidance of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Sri Swamiji's approach is direct, clear and positive.

There has been a persistent demand for a reprint of Sri Swamiji's Raja Yoga. We are happy now to be able to present the readers with a reprint of this precious volume.

28th July, 1999

Sri Guru Purnima

THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

CONTENTS

Publishers' Notevi
Instructions of Sankaravii
Sri Sadguru Stotraix
Introductionxvii
Chapter I
WHAT IS YOGA?
1.Yoga Defined3
2.Object of Yoga9
Chapter II
YOGA SADHANA
1.Hints on Sadhana11
2.Bhakti Yoga Sadhana11
3.Hatha Yoga Sadhana12
4.Karma Yoga Sadhana12
5.Raja Yoga Sadhana12
6.Jnana Yoga Sadhana13
7.Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga13
8.Difference Paths14
9.Period of Sadhana15
10.What Is Vairagya15
11.Para Vairagya18
12.Auxiliaries to Yoga Sadhana19
13.Obstacles of Distractions20
14.Causes of Distractions21
15.Remedy for Distractions22
Chapter III
YAMA
1.Eight Accessories of Yoga24
2.Benefits of the Accessories24
3.What Is Yama25
4.Universal Vows26
5.Ahimsa27
6.Satya28
7.Asteya29
8.Brahmacharya30
9.Aparigraha31
Chapter IV
NIYAMA
1.What Is Niyama32
2.Kriya Yoga33
3.Benefits of Purification34
4.Benefits of Eternal Purification34
5.Benefits of Internal Purification35
6.Santosha36
7.Tapas36
8.Svadhyaya37
9.Isvarapranidhana37
Chapter V
BHAKTI IN YOGA
1.Who Is Isvara39
2.Source of Knowledge39
3.The Guru of All40
4.Name of Isvara40
5.Japa of Om42
6.Benefits of Japa44
7.Benefits of Devotion44
8.Instructions on Bhakti45
Chapter VI
ASANA
1.What Is Asana47
2.How to Get Asanajaya49
3.Benefits of Asana50
4.Instructions on Asanas50
Chapter VII
PRANAYAMA
1.What Is Pranayama52
2.What Is Prana52
3.Yoga Nadis54
4.Chakras54
5.Prana and Mind55
6.Prana and Breath55
7.Pranayama Exercises56
8.Preliminary Exercise57
9.Sukha Purvaka Pranayama58
10.Kevala Kumbhaka59
11.Benefits of Pranayama59
12.Mind Fit for Concentration60
13.Hints on Pranayama Practice60
Chapter VIII
MIND
PART 1- MODIFICATIONS OF MIND
1.Modifications of Mind62
2.Five Modifications63
3.Pramana63
4.Viparyaya65
5.Vikalpa65
6.Nidra67
7.Smriti67
PART 2- AFFLICTIONS OF MIND
1.What Are the Afflictions68
2.What Is Avidya69
3.Avidya Explained70
4.How to Remove Avidya70
5.What Is Egoism71
6.What Is Raga72
7.What Is Dvesha73
8.What Is Abhinivesa73
9.How ot Remove Raga, Dvesha and Abhinivesa74
10.How to Remove Evil Thoughts75
11.What Is Pratipaksha Bhavana75
12.The Root of Afflictions77
13.The Effect of Afflictions78
14.Fruits of Afflictions80
15.Destroy Afflictions80
16.Karma in a Yogis81
17.Karma and Environments81
18.Karmas in a Viveki82
19.Avoid Misery83
20.The Cause of Misery84
21.Definition of "The Seen"85
22.Ignorance Is the Cause86
23.The Means for Kaivalya87
PART 3-DESIRES
1.Consecutiveness in Desires87
2.Desire Is Beginningless89
3.How to Destroy Desires90
4.Mind Acts for the Purusha91
5.Desireless Mind91
PART 4-GUNAS
1.Time and Gunas92
2.Nature of Characteristics92
3.Reality of Things93
4.Stages of Gunas95
5.Hints on Gunas96
PART 5-MYSTERIES OF MIND
1.Ways of Mind Differ97
2.Mind and Perception97
3.Mind Is Coloured by Objects98
4.Purusha Knows All Modifications99
5.Mind Is Not Self-Iuminous99
6.Mind Does One Things at a Time100
7.Cognition by One Mind101
8.Mind Shines by Borrowed Light102
9.Mind Understands Everything102
10.Transformation of Mind103
11.Dharmi Explained103
12.Changes in Dharmas104
PART 6- CONTROL OF MIND
1.Control by Abhyasa and Vairagya104
2.What Is Abhyasa105
3.Control by Suppression of Vrittis106
4.Make the Suppression Steady107
5.Control Mind by Virtues107
6.Control Mind by Pranayama108
7.Control Mind by Vedantic Method108
Chapter IX
PRATYAHARA
1.What Is Pratyahara109
2.Benefits of Pratyahara110
Chapter X
DHARANA
1.What Is Dharana112
2.The Mind of Distractions113
3.Dharana on Sense Perception114
4.Dharana on Sattvic Mind115
5.Dharana on the Desireless Mind116
6.Dharana on the Knowledge of Dream116
7.Dharana on Triputi117
8.Dharana on Any Chosen Object118
9.The Concentrated Mind119
10.Benefits of Dharana120
11.Instructions on Dharana121
Chapter XI
SAMYAMA
1.What Is Samyama123
2.Samyama As Antaranga Sadhana123
3.Samyama As Bahiranga Sadhana124
4.Benefits of Samyama124
5.Samyama on External Objects125
6.Samyama on Internal Centres130
7.Samyama on Virtues135
8.Samyama on discrimination136
9.Samyama on Sabda and Artha136
10.Samyama on Karma137
11.Samyama on Chakras and Nadis138
12.Fruits of Pratibha142
13.What Is Taraka142
14.Parakaya Pravesa143
15.Samyama on Forms146
16.Eight Siddhis147
17.Perfection of Body148
18.Other Means for Siddhis149
19.Instruction on Samyama150
Chapter XII
DHYANA
1.What Is Dhyana154
2.Instructions on Dhyana154
Chapter XIII
SAMADHI
1.What Is Samadhi158
2.Means for Samadhi158
3.Dharmamegha Samadhi161
4.Benefits of Dharmamegha Samadhi161
5.Samprajnata Samadhi164
6.Asamprajnata Samadhi167
7.Benefits of Nirvichara Samadhi170
8.Instructions on Samadhi175
Chapter XIV
KAIVALYA
1.What Is Kaivalya178
2.Means for Kaivalya178
3.Purusha Cognises Through Intellect179
4.Knowable Is for the Purusha180
5.Pradhana Is Not Destroyed180
6.Samyoga Explained181
7.Mind Is Not Purusha181
8.Discrimination Is Sevenfold182
9.Mind Fit for Kaivalya183
10.Thoughts Are Obstacles183
11.Remedy for Obstacles184
Epilogue186
APPENDICES
A.Gleanings189
B.Psychic Influence194
C.Glossary209
D.Reference to Sutras216

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