A collection of the transcripts of 132 Raja Yoga lectures given by Swami Sarvagatananda on the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali.
- 1611 pages, 2 very large Indian hardbacks
- 81-7505-435-2 (2 VOLUME SET)
One of the students writes in the preface:
About thirty of us, college students, professors, office workers and retirees had the good fortune to participate in these classes. It was a character transforming experience for us. We learned that Raja Yoga deals primarily with the mind and its control. But this control cannot be attained without leading a pure life, full of loving concern for all, and reflecting rather than reacting to negative thoughts or circumstances.
As the classes progressed, the intensity increased. We listened in fascination as the swami went deeper into the intricacies of the mind, the method of concentration and its culmination in meditation. The swami's intimate knowledge of this difficult subject enabled him to clear up all our doubts in simple yet convincing language in a question and answer session at the end of class."
From the Introduction
Raja Yoga means the Kingly Path. Why is it called so? Here nothing is based on imagination, or any kind of belief, or faith, or conviction or authority. This is one discipline which helps us to grow, to evolve and to gain depth, not from the outside but from within. The mandate is from within. Raja Yoga tells you: “Be strong, be courageous, have the ability to say ‘no’ to your negative thoughts. Look at them squarely when they come up to the surface consciousness.” That is, be fully aware what is going on in your mind, fully conscious, deliberately look at them; and when the war goes on between he conscious and the unconscious, when the unconscious urges come up, you are not absentminded, you are alert.
There is nothing in your mind that happens without your knowledge, but you don’t catch it as you don’t hold your mind. Without knowing this art of holding the mind you still can be a great scientist, great surgeon, great poet, great philosopher as these are of a different type altogether. Turn the mind in, look within, not out. It is easy to look out, easy to analyze things outside, but you cannot easily analyze things inside to understand what is happening in your mind.
A yogi is one who: controls his mind, analyses his mind, examines his mind. Every thought, every impulse, every urge, every modification, he examines thoroughly. This is a definite process. A time comes when you become aware of all your thoughts, tendencies, urges and modifications. You stand up and say: “All the devils are in me – and all the gods are also in me.
Really speaking I am the sum total of all the things in the world, good and bad. If somebody does something wrong outside, I need not ask why he has done it. If I have brains, I know why. I would have done the same thing if I had not the control of my mind. That’s it, there is no difference, we would do exactly the same thing when we lose our control.... if somebody does something wrong, immediately we react: “you did it, you are responsible.”
We chase them, we criticize them, condemn them. A yogi does not do that, he turns within. ... When you look within, you find that you have the same situation.That is why Goethe made that wonderful statement: "There is not a single crime in the world which I might not have committed.” We have the desires of robbers and murderers in our minds, but we don’t manifest them because we know they are not good. This comes when you are fully awake, mindful, alert, catching the glimpse of the urge or modification that comes from inside .... That is only possible when you are calm, quiet, deliberately awake and aware..."
Massive Book Filled with Inspiration
There's no doubt this is a huge book filled with information. The beauty is that it's from the swami's lectures in the West explaining all you need to know about meditation and its practice. Highly recommended..