In this series of books on Yoga starting from a practical guide for
practices of yoga (asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, mudras, bandhas). The series
no, II: is the secret of action (Karma Yoga) and this is the third. Fourth
is Bhakti yoga and fifth is Jnana Yoga. The last will be “Unity in
Diversity”. We are glad has come out from the pen of Dr H R Nagendra. The
other book on Pranayama by him would be on effective adjunct to this
volume. We hope the reader will be happy to see that the compressive and in
– depth dimension of Patanjali’s system of yoga has been dealt with such
simplicity and clarity.
We appreciate this opportunity to serve Svyasa by sponsoring Raja Yoga book
written by Dr H R Nagendraji. We cherish our association with Svyasa since
This book is dedicated in memory of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, formerly
known as Dr Ramamurti S Mishra, MD is the fonder and spiritual director of
the Yoga Society of New York, Inc. at Ananda Ashram. He also established
Brahmananda Ashram (The Yoga Society of San Francisco, Inc.) and inspired
other centers of meditation in United States and around the world.
His Central Message: “Although you have a body mind, you are not the body
and mind. Therefore, meditate on the sense of ‘I – am’ beyond the body and
“I love all and hate none. I love everything and hate nothing. I wish for
health and happiness, peace and prosperity physically, mentally and
spiritually for all living beings on this planet. Om Santi, Santi, Santi!”
He had an extensive background in both eastern and western medicine,
including Ayurveda. He was surgeon, yogi and a prolific writer. A master of
the Samskrta language, he was a recognized authority on the science and
philosophy of Yoga – Vedanta.
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati’s written works include Fundamentals of Yoga,
the text book of Yoga Psychology (a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras),
Self – Analysis and Self – knowledge (a commentary on Sankaracarya’s Atma
Bodha), translations of Upanisads and other ancient Samskrta texts. As well
as numerous essays and stories. In addition, much of his teaching exists in
audio and video recordings.
His life was dedicated to integration of eastern and western sciences,
culture and philosophy, to help in bringing about the realization of
individual and universal peace and harmony in spiritual unity. He presented
the timeless message of meditation and self – realization in a truly
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati left his physical body in 1993, yet his
spiritual presence and teaching continue to be a source of inspiration and
guidance for all.
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