Meditation – EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA

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EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA

Raj a-Yoga is known as the eightfold Yoga, because it is divided into eight principal parts. These are:

First: Yama. This is the most important and has to govern the whole life; it has five divisions:

1st. Not injuring any being by thought, word, or deed.

2nd. Non-covetousness in thought, word, or deed.

3rd. Perfect chastity in thought, word, or deed.

4th. Perfect truthfulness in thought, word, or deed.

5th. Non-receiving of gifts.

Second: Niyama. The bodily care, bathing daily, dietary, etc.

Third: Asana, posture. Hips, shoulders, and head must be held straight, leaving the spine free.

Fourth: Pranayama, restraining the breath (in
order to get control of the Prana or vital force).

Fifth: Pratyahara, turning the mind inward and restraining it from going outward, revolving the matter in the mind in order to understand it.

Sixth: Dharana, concentration on one subject.

Seventh: Dhyana, meditation.

Eighth: Samadhi, illumination, the aim of all our efforts.

He who seeks to come to God through Raja-Yoga must be strong mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually. Take every step in that light. (VUE. 41, 44)

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