Raja Yoga is one of the four streams of Yoga. It is the path of the willpower. As we know, no action is possible without willpower.
Raja means King. A king is considered to be the one who acts with independence, self-confidence and assurance. Since this particular stream / path of Yoga leads us to gain mastery over our mind through self-discipline and practice, it is called as the Raja Yoga.
As willpower is related to our mind and Raja Yoga emphasizes on the awareness of one’s state of mind, it can be called the Yoga of the Mind.
Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of this blog is to gain a better understanding of the path of Raja Yoga by looking at all its aspects and how it can be incorporated in our daily life.
The recognition of Raja Yoga as a path of Yoga can be attributed to the efforts of Swami Vivekananda who worked relentlessly in spreading the teachings of Vendanta and Yoga to the whole world. He has rightly remarked, “Man is the maker of his own destiny.” Only by keeping oneself fit physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually, one can realize his / her dreams and ultimately reach the higher consciousness.
So, let us start with a prayer to Swami Vivekananda.
ॐ नमः श्री यति राजाय विवेकानन्द सूरये |
सत्चित् – सुख स्वरूपाय स्वामिने तापहारिने ||
Om Namah Sri yathiraajaaya Vivekananda Suraye
Satchit sukha swarupaaya swamine taapahaariney
Meaning: Salutations to the king of ascetics, the hero Vivekananda, who is of the nature of existence-knowledge-bliss, who is established in the self and who is the remover of sorrows.
Raja Yoga is based on Patanjali’s Yoga sutras and the Ashtanga model. So, it is also known as Patanjali Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga (Ashta = Eight, Anga =Limb).
I will be reviewing these eight limbs and the advanced level of Raja Yoga one by one in my upcoming blogs.
Hari Om Tat Sat