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RAJA YOGA by Vivekananda

In what has become the classic authorative treatise on true Yoga, Swami Vivekananda lays out the spiritual, mental and physical exercises to produce the spiritual phenomenon that all of humanity craves. In a book, free of dogma and superstition, the ancient practice of Yoga is redelivered to humanity in its original simplicity, power and magic...

208 pages | 5.05" x 7.8' | ISBN 978-1-926716-58-9 (pbk.) | $15.88 

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RAJA YOGA by Vivekananda

In what has become the classic authorative treatise on true Yoga, Swami Vivekananda lays out the spiritual, mental and physical exercises to produce the spiritual phenomenon that all of humanity craves. In a book, free of dogma and superstition, the ancient practice of Yoga is redelivered to humanity in its original simplicity, power and magic.

Raja Yoga is also known as “Classical Yoga” or “Royal Union Yoga. The foremost concern is the discipline of the mind, the postures, asanas, are the carriage. This book “Raja Yoga or Conquering the Internal nature” goes into details about breathing techniques, concentration and themes like non-attachment. From the foreword:

“The goal is to manifest this divine within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy, by one, or more, or all of these—and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”

Vivekananda was an important Indian teacher who came to this country just over a century ago and taught Hindu meditation practice and religious philosophy. Raja Yoga means the "discipline of meditation practice," as opposed to Hatha Yoga, which means the "discipline of physical stretching exercises." Raja Yoga is one of the most well-known books by Vivekananda, who also wrote books on Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. According to the author, the goal of Raja Yoga is to concentrate the mind and to discover the innermost recesses of our own mind. In order to obtain the goal, practice is absolutely necessary. The appendix contains the translation of the Patanjali Yoga Aphorisms.

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