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Questions and Answers on the Yamas

Q: In the Ramayana and Mahabharata, it’s clear that there was killing. The Gita itself takes place on a battlefield. How is this explained and justified in terms of ahimsa (non-violence)? Swami Satchidananda: In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks about non‑violence to...

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Online Study Group

Join us as we explore the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali through Sri Swami Satchidananda's translation and commentary! Tune in to Facebook every Tuesday beginning September 13, 2022 at 10 am (Eastern) as we study each sutra slowly and carefully, broadening our attitudes and...

Can the Yoga Sutras Bestow Power?

Observing how Yoga has changed the world, I cannot help but wonder how the world has changed Yoga. As the plethora of Yoga studios and communities formed, they focused mainly on serving the physical body. The calling was great; strengthen and balance the body—that is...

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Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga & the Yoga Sutras

Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga & the Yoga Sutras

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 development. The physical Yoga, or...

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Patanjali’s Words: The Yamas

Patanjali’s Words: The Yamas

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.30. In several prior sutras, Patanjali explained how...

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Patanjali’s Words: The Niyamas

Patanjali’s Words: The Niyamas

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.32. In sutra 2.30, we learned more about the first of the...

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Patanjali’s Words: Pratipaksha Bhavana

Patanjali’s Words: Pratipaksha Bhavana

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.33. This sutra is considered such a key Yoga practice...

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Patanjali’s Words: Eight Limbs of Yoga

Patanjali’s Words: Eight Limbs of Yoga

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.29. In several prior sutras, Patanjali explained how...

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Everything is Impermanent

Everything is Impermanent

Humanity can be grouped into two categories: People who have questions and doubts and the people who never have questions. Let me talk about the people who do not have questions. They are people who never think. They are too lazy to think, so they never have to...

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Patanjali’s Words: Karma, Duhkha and Viveka

Patanjali’s Words: Karma, Duhkha and Viveka

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutras: 2.12 and 2.15 – 2.17. In sutra 2.12, Patanjali highlights...

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Patanjali’s Words: Impediments on the Path

Patanjali’s Words: Impediments on the Path

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 30th sutra of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali begins to describe...

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The Heart of Concentration According to Patanjali

The Heart of Concentration According to Patanjali

The aim of Patanjali’s Yoga system is to keep the mind one-pointed on any object or idea which would remind you of a higher idea that will broaden your outlook, elevate your mental attitude and, ultimately, your life. He encourages the student to take up any object...

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