Further Resources: Books, Audio, Websites

Here are some good resources from respected Yoga Masters for deepening your study of Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga is based on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, so please also see “Yoga Sutras” under this menu tab on our website.

BOOKS:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda

A complete manual for the study and practice of Yoga. This is a book you will read and refer to constantly as you tread the spiritual path. In his commentary and translation, Sri Swami Satchidananda offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental and emotional harmony. The classic sutras are presented here, in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit/English translation, transliteration and commentary. Pocket edition also available.

Raja-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
One of the classic texts on Raja Yoga, this book is composed of a series of lectures given in New York by Sri Swami Vivekananda. Included is his translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (the basis of Raja Yoga), with a practical commentary for modern readers.

Raja Yoga by Swami Sivananda
Read it free here online and purchase the book here.

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga: Fourteen Steps to Higher Awareness: Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda by J. Donald Walters
Contains fourteen lessons in which the original Yoga science emerges in all its glory—a proven system for realizing one’s spiritual destiny. Absolutely unique, this is the most comprehensive course available on Yoga and meditation today. Can be used both by beginning and long-time practitioners of Yoga.

Raja Yoga or Mental Development by Yogi Ramacharaka

Thousands of years before the development of Western social sciences of psychology, philosophy, religious studies, etc., the yogis of India, especially the branch of Raja Yoga, which dealt with human mental faculty, pondered with the same questions that today modern scientists are involved in. The results of many of these recent scientific developments clearly seem to be validating the premises of the Eastern philosophy, especially the Yoga Philosophy. This volume represents one of the best writings on the essence of Raja Yoga. As such, this book will be of interest to those looking for understanding human psyche, philosophy, spirituality, and an effective self help source in improving and developing the quality of all aspects of their lives. Last but not least, this volume of Raja Yoga will assist those who are ready in experiencing a glimpse of spiritual transcendence.

AUDIO:

The Yamas
A podcast from “A Moment of Yoga” – introduction to the first limb of Raja Yoga.

Raja Yoga Series: An Introduction by Swami Tyagananda of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Center of Boston. Part 2: The First Steps ; Part 3: Prana ; Part 3 continued ; Part 5: The Psychic Prana ; Part 6: Control of the Psychic Prana ; Part 7: Pratyahara & Dharana ; Part 8: Dhyana & Samadhi . More lectures on Yoga and Vedanta by Swami Tyagananda.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (CD) by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Two CD-set CD 1 (Book I)- Called the “Portion on Contemplation” or “Samadhi Pada”, introduces the Yoga practices. This recording is supplementary to the book The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Recorded at the Barrytown Yoga Retreat in 1972.
CD 2 (Book II)- Called the “Portion on Practice” or “Sadhana Pada”, explains the first five basic steps of Raja Yoga. Recorded at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1974. A wealth of information on leading a peaceful and useful existence, The Yoga Sutras have been studied for thousands of years. Sri Swamiji gives a commentary that is filled with practical wisdom and inspiration.

 

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