Category Archives: Raja Yoga

Real Contentment

Santosha, the second niyama in the Raja Yoga system, means contentment. We also have a saying in the West that “Contentment is golden.” Why? Contentment is golden because it doesn’t depend on the things around you, the things that … Full Story

Helpful Hints for the Practice of Yama and Niyama

Helpful Hints for the Practice of Yama and Niyama

By Swami Karunananda

The first two limbs of Raja Yoga are called yama and niyama. They consist of five precepts each and constitute the ethical foundation of Yoga. Sri Swami Satchidananda said: “All spiritual life should be based on … Full Story

The Greatness of Raja Yoga

The Greatness of Raja Yoga

The teachings of Raja Yoga are a golden key to unlock all health, happiness, peace, and joy. Everyone, everything, in the creation wants to be happy. If you put a plant in the shade, its leaves will turn toward the … Full Story

Raja Yoga: Questions and Answers

Raja Yoga: Questions and Answers

Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the earliest teachers of Raja Yoga in the West. On November 21, 1966, in New York, he lectured on this topic and answered these questions about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

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The Greatest Victory

The Greatest Victory

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When the word Yoga is mentioned, most people immediately think of some physical postures for relaxing and limbering up the body. This is one aspect of the Yogic science, but actually only a very small part and relatively recent in … Full Story

Lessons from the Yoga Sutras: Viveka (Discrimination)

Lessons from the Yoga Sutras: Viveka (Discrimination)

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Patanjali once beautifully said, “Dukham evam sarvaam vivekinaha.” For a viveki, a person with discriminative knowledge, everything is painful. When you realize that everything is painful you cease to develop attachments toward those things. In fact, it is to relieve … Full Story

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