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VARIOUS YOGIC PATHS AND THEIR SYNTHESIS IN SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Yoga is the union of body, mind and spirit and with God.
The eight aspects of yoga as described by Patanjali
Restraints on behaviour
Practice of postures
Expansion of vital energy through breath control
Withdrawal of the senses
Yoga is an art, a science, a philosophy. It touches
the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual.
Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely
and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and
sorrow, and enables them to live fully, taking a delight in life. The
practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant. It
transforms the mind, making it harmonious. Yoga helps to keep one's body
and mind in tune with the essence, the soul, so that all three are blended
There are many ways to begin the practice of
yoga. First and foremost, Patanjali outlines the method of surrender of
oneself to God. This involves detachment from the world and attachment
One who practices yoga will be able to recognize his
level of personal evolution and, through practice, transcend it until
he reaches the very core of his being - the seer. From then on, he lives
in the abode of the soul. This source has no beginning and no end. It
is an eternal, uninterrupted flow of the life force.
Consciousness has seven facets. They are emerging,
restraining, created, tranquil, attentive, fissured and finally, pure,
eternal or divine.
If a practioner uncovers these seven aspects of consciousness,
he reaches the exalted, indivisible state of existence where the search
for the self ends and the seeker becomes the seer.
The most important message coming to us through the
ages, is that the real purpose of our life is to cross the ocean of illusion,
from the shore of wordly pleasures to the other shore, of emancipation
and eternal bliss.