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Raja Yoga


RAJA YOGA Raja yoga is concerned with the consciousness aspect of existence, in its esoteric part extending far beyond consciousness in the human worlds.
There would be a certain justification for calling it the &

raja yoga. ::: the yoga of physical and mental control; often called the royal yoga, it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning mental and physical energy into spiritual energy through meditation and contemplation; one of the four paths of yoga

Raja yoga::: This is the first step only. Afterwards, the ordinary activities of the mind and sense must be entirely quieted in order that the soul may be free to ascend to higher states of consciousness and acquire the foundation for a perfect freedom and self-mastery. But Rajayoga does not forget that the disabilities of the ordinary mind proceed largely from its subjection to the reactions of the nervous system and the body. It adopts th
   refore from the Hathayogic system its devices of asana and pranayama, but reduces their multiple and elaborate forms in each case to one simplest and most directly effective process sufficient for its own immediate object. Thus it gets rid of the Hathayogic complexity and cumbrousness while it utilises the swift and powerful efficacy of its methods for the control of the body and the vital functions and for the awakening of that internal dynamism, full of a latent supernormal faculty, typified in Yogic terminology by the kundalinı, the coiled and sleeping serpent of Energy within. This done, the system proceeds to the perfect quieting of the restless mind and its elevation to a higher plane through concentration of mental force by the successive stages which lead to the utmost inner concentration or ingathered state of the consciousness which is called Samadhi. By Samadhi, in which the mind acquires the capacity of withdrawing from its limited waking activities into freer and higher states of consciousness, Rajayoga serves a double purpose. It compasses a pure mental action liberated from the confusions of the outer consciousness and passes thence to the higher supra-mental planes on which the individual soul enters into its true spiritual existence. But also it acquires the capacity of that free and concentrated energising of consciousness on its object which our philosophy asserts as the primary cosmic energy and the method of divine action upon the world. By this capacity the Yogin, already possessed of the highest supracosmic knowledge and experience in the state of trance, is able in the waking state to acquire directly whatever knowledge and exercise whatever mastery may be useful or necessary to his activities in the objective world. For the ancient system of Rajayoga aimed not only at Swarajya, self-rule or subjective empire, the entire control by the subjective consciousness of all the states and activities proper to its own domain, but included Samrajya as well, outward empire, the control by the subjective consciousness of its outer activities and environment.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 36-37

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1:In all spiritualities there is a contrast between the affective or13 devotional (bhakti) and the intellectual, anoetic type of experience (raja yoga). ~ Thomas Merton
2:Raja yoga is the mental practice and incorporates meditation, pranayama, and mudra. What are the benefits of having a raja yoga practice? The benefit is spirituality. ~ Rajashree Choudhury
3:People should be talking about "yoga asanas" as a competive sport. Because there are many forms of yoga. The most common two forms are hatha yoga and raja yoga. That's mostly what people understand. ~ Rajashree Choudhury
4:Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sa ~ Swami Vivekananda


   13 Integral Yoga
   3 Occultism
   2 Yoga

   7 A B Purani
   4 The Mother
   3 Satprem
   3 Aleister Crowley
   2 Sri Ramana Maharshi

   7 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   3 Talks
   2 The Secret Doctrine
   2 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   2 Magick Without Tears

1.01 - Our Demand and Need from the Gita, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Essays on the Gita
   of Life in our divine scope as the Lila2 of the Divine; and in some directions it is more immediately rich and fruitful, for it brings forward into the foreground along with divine knowledge, divine works and an enriched devotion of divine Love, the secrets also of the Hatha and Raja Yogas, the use of the body and of mental askesis for the opening up of the divine life on all its planes, to which the Gita gives only a passing and perfunctory attention. Moreover it grasps at that idea of the divine perfectibility of man, possessed by the Vedic Rishis but thrown into the background by the intermediate ages, which is destined to fill so large a place in any future synthesis of human thought, experience and aspiration.

1.02 - SADHANA PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  internal nature controls the whole universe; it becomes his
  servant. Raja Yoga propounds the methods of gaining this

1.02 - The Eternal Law, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  in time, to propel us into another state. This work of concentration can be done at any level of our being physical, vital, or mental.
  Depending on the level we choose, we undertake one kind of yoga or another: hatha yoga, Raja Yoga, mantra yoga, and many others,
  countless others, like so many stages of our effort. We won't discuss here the great value of these methods, or the remarkable intermediate results they can lead to; we will examine only their goal, their final destination. The truth is, this "poise above" seems to have no relation with real life whatsoever; first, because all these disciplines are extremely demanding, requiring hours and hours of work every day, if not complete solitude; secondly, because their ultimate result is a state of trance or yogic ecstasy, samadhi, perfect equilibrium, ineffable bliss, in which one's awareness of the world is dissolved, annihilated.

1.03 - Meeting the Master - Meeting with others, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   Raghunath P. Thakar, a Brahmin from Virpur near Rajkot, came on 1 January to see Sri Aurobindo. He had been to some saint at Rupal (near Kalol), had practised Raja Yoga, also some Hatha Yoga, and met Nathuram Sharma in Kathiawad. The appointment was given for today.
   Sri Aurobindo: That is the aim of Raja Yoga and you should go to a Rajayogi Guru.
   Sri Aurobindo: He has his own ideas and if he wants to practise Raja Yoga he must go to a Rajayogi Guru. For this Yoga his mind must undergo a radical change. My giving him the Yoga at present is out of the question. If he wants to prepare himself he can practise the separation of Purusha and Prakriti.
   3 JANUARY 1924 (Second Interview)

1.04 - The Silent Mind, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  upon the fundamental difference between Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga (purna yoga) and the other yogas. If one has practiced other methods of yoga before Sri Aurobindo's, one experiences an ascending Force (called kundalini in India), which awakens rather brutally at the base of the spine and rises from level to level until it reaches the top of the head, where it blossoms into a sort of luminous and radiating pulsation, bringing a sensation of immensity (and often a loss of consciousness called ecstasy), as if one had forever emerged Elsewhere. All yogic methods, which might be called thermogenetic
  the asanas of hatha yoga, the concentrations of Raja Yoga, the breathing exercises of pranayama, etc. aim at arousing that ascending Force; they can be dangerous and cause profound perturbations, which make the presence and protection of an enlightened Master indispensable. We will return to this later. The difference in the direction of the current, ascending vs. descending,
  has to do with a difference in goals which cannot be overemphasized.

1.06 - Raja Yoga, #Amrita Gita, #Swami Sivananda Saraswati, #Hinduism
  object:1.06 - Raja Yoga
  1. Raja Yoga is an exact science. It aims at controlling all thought-waves or mental modifications.
  2. Where Hatha Yoga ends, there Raja Yoga begins.
  5. The eight limbs of Raja Yoga are: Yama (self-restraint), Niyama (religious observances), Asana (posture), Pranayama (regulation of breath), Pratyahara (abstraction of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (superconscious state).
  14. Real Raja Yoga starts from concentration. Concentration merges in meditation. Meditation ends in Samadhi.
  39. A Bhakta gets Bhava-Samadhi, a Jnani gets Badha-Samadhi, a Raja Yogi gets Nirodha Samadhi.
  THUS ENDS Raja Yoga

1.08 - Summary, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Occultism
    Collected Works of A. Crowley; Tannhauser, The Sword of Song, Time, Eleusis. 3 vols.
     Raja Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda.
    The Shiva Sanhita, or the Hathayoga Pradipika.

1.240 - Talks 2, #unset, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #Kabbalah
  M.: You now know that you are the body.
  D.: Raja Yoga realises through the body, senses, etc., and Sri Bhagavan advises realisation by thinking. This is jnana yoga.
  M.: How can you think without the body?

1.400 - 1.450 Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  D.: Raja Yoga realises through the body, senses, etc., and Sri Bhagavan advises realisation by thinking. This is jnana yoga.

1.439, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  M.: Here the mind is strong and the body is weak.
  D.: I wanted to practise Raja Yoga. I could not do it because of my physical unfitness. The mind also began to wander with the movement of the body.
  M.: If the mind be kept immovable let the body change as much as it likes.

1.450 - 1.500 Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  D.: I wanted to practise Raja Yoga. I could not do it because of my physical unfitness. The mind also began to wander with the movement of the body.

1.81 - Method of Training, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Occultism
  To study Yoga, you have my Book 4 Part I and my Eight Lectures on Yoga. Then there is Vivekananda's Raja Yoga and several little-known Hindu writers; these latter are very practical and technical, but one really needs to be a Hindu to make much use of them. The former is very good indeed, if your remember to switch off when he slides into sloppiness, which luckily is not often.

1.83 - Epistola Ultima, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Occultism
    Mr. Amberthwaite, Louis Marlow 366
     Raja Yoga, Vivekananda 373
    The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, 374

1929-04-21 - Visions, seeing and interpretation - Dreams and dreaml and - Dreamless sleep - Visions and formulation - Surrender, passive and of the will - Meditation and progress - Entering the spiritual life, a plunge into the Divine, #Questions And Answers 1929-1931, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  There are disciplines such as Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga that one can practise and yet have nothing to do with the spiritual life; the former arrives mostly at body control, the latter at mind control. But to enter the spiritual life means to take a plunge into the Divine, as you would jump into the sea. And that is not the end but the very beginning; for after you have taken the plunge, you must learn to live in the Divine. How are you to do it? You have simply to jump straight in and not to think, Where shall I fall? What will happen to me? It is the hesitation of your mind that prevents you. You must simply let yourself go. If you wish to dive into the sea and are thinking all the time, Ah, but there may be a stone here or a stone there, you cannot dive.

1954-08-25 - Ananda aspect of the Mother - Changing conditions in the Ashram - Ascetic discipline - Mothers body, #Questions And Answers 1954, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  I said that between the age of eighteen and twenty I had attained a conscious and constant union with the divine Presence and that I had done it all alone, with absolutely nobody to help me, not even books, you understand! When I found onehere came to my hands a little later Vivekanandas Raja Yogait seemed to me so wonderful a thing, you see, that someone could explain something to me. This made me gain in a few months what would have perhaps taken me years to do.

1954-08-25 - what is this personality? and when will she come?, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Kabbalah
   I dont know to whom I was mentioning this today (I think it was for a Birthday3 No, I dont know now. It was to someone who told me he was 18 years old. I said that between the ages of 18 and 20, I had attained a constant and conscious union with the Divine Presence and that I had done this ALL ALONE, without ANYONES help, not even books. When a little later I chanced upon Vivekanandas Raja Yoga, it really seemed so wonderful to me that someone could explain something to me! And it helped me realize in only a few months what would have otherwise taken years.

1956-02-01 - Path of knowledge - Finding the Divine in life - Capacity for contact with the Divine - Partial and total identification with the Divine - Manifestation and hierarchy, #Questions And Answers 1956, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  The path of knowledge is the well-known path of Raja Yoga, in which one practises detachment from ones physical being, saying, I am not the body, then detachment from ones sensations, I am not my sensations, then from ones feelings, saying, I am not my feelings, and so on. One detaches oneself from thought and goes more and more within until one finds something which is the Eternal and Infinite.

2.01 - On Books, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   Patanjali's Raja Yoga.
   There are many persons who believe that 'Yoga' means the Raja Yoga of Patanjali. His Sutras, aphorisms, are well known. It is a scientific method which resorts to:
   Even though the Gita gave currency to quite a different idea of Yoga and even of Samadhi, the popular mind in India has believed that Yoga means Raja Yoga, in most cases at least. It is apparent that Sri Aurobindo's Yoga is quite different from the Raja Yoga of Patanjali. It does not take the mental consciousness and its condition as the constant point of reference; for, its aim is not to secure a mental state which might reflect the Infinite but to rise above the mind. Besides, it adds the process of descent of the Supramental Consciousness into human nature which necessitates a complete transformation of the ignorant human nature into the divine: it transforms the apar prakti into the par prakti.
   After hearing these points Sri Aurobindo said: "It is quite interesting. I don't know whether you can explain Raja Yoga as he does. But what is his Super-ego? I don't know. Sometimes it seems what I call the subliminal self, and sometimes the psychic being. It may be something like the Over-soul."
   27 MARCH 1943

2.02 - On Letters, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   He speaks of Raja Yoga, but in Raja Yoga also a certain purification of nature is required which is done by Yama and Niyama before the aspirant can succeed in meditation and attain Samadhi.

2.03 - On Medicine, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   In Raja Yoga also you have to continue Pranayama once you begin it. My own experience is that when I was practising Pranayama at Baroda I had excellent health. But when I went to Bengal and left Pranayama, I was attacked by all sorts of illness which nearly carried me off.
   5 DECEMBER 1925

2.18 - January 1939, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   Sri Aurobindo: These things may be steps to the Divine; for example Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.

2.20 - Nov-Dec 1939, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   Disciple: In Raja Yoga they speak of direct knowledge by Samyama concentration of the consciousness on one object.
   Disciple: Raja Yoga also speaks of Siddhis control over matter, knowledge of Suryaloka and Chandraloka, conquest of death, etc.

2.25 - List of Topics in Each Talk, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
   | 25-03-43 | Jnanananda on Raja Yoga and Super-ego |
   | 07-10-25 | Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, and this Yoga |

BOOK II. -- PART II. THE ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM OF THE WORLD-RELIGIONS, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  Spirit, Soul, and body. Behold, the Taraka Raja Yoga of India limits that division to 3, we, to 4, and
  the Vedantins to 5 (koshas)." To this, we of the Archaic school, ask: -Why then does the Greek poet say that "it is not four but SEVEN who sing the praise of the Spiritual

BOOK I. -- PART I. COSMIC EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  comparison. The subjoined short article is from the pen of Mr. T. Subba Row, a learned Vedantin
  scholar. He prefers the Brahmanical division of the Raja Yoga, and from a metaphysical point of view
  he is quite right. But, as it is a question of simple choice and expediency, we hold in this work to the
  We may also here point out to our readers that the classification mentioned in the last column is, for
  all practical purposes, connected with Raja Yoga, the best and simplest. Though there are seven
  principles in man, there are but three distinct Upadhis (bases), in each of which his Atma may work
  The student will now be better prepared to see that between the three Upadhis of the Raja Yoga and
  its Atma, and our three Upadhis, Atma, and the additional three divisions, there is in reality but very

Liber 111 - The Book of Wisdom - LIBER ALEPH VEL CXI, #unset, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #Kabbalah
   other Form of this Vision of Beatitude, to with, science is Gana Yoga
   or Raja Yoga, of which I have written only here and there, as one who
   should throw great Stones upon the Earth in Disorder, by Default of
   By Gnana Yoga cometh thy Man to Knowledge; by Karma Yoga thy Bull to
   Will; by Raja Yoga is thy Lion brought to his Light; and to make
   perfect thy Dragon, thou hast Bhakta Yoga for the Eagle therein, and

Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna (text), #Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  What is Karma Yoga?
  814. Karma Yoga is communion with God by means of Work. Ashtanga Yoga or Raja Yoga is also Karma
  Yoga, if practised without attachment. It leads to communion through meditation and concentration.

Talks 001-025, #unset, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #Kabbalah
    D.: Buddha advises the eight-fold path as being the best so that none might be lost.
    M.: Yes. Such is called Raja Yoga by the Hindus.
    D.: Is yoga advised for a spiritual aspirant?


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