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PRACTICAL VEDANTA, THE REAL
MESSAGE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Karma Yoga or
service was not neglected by him either. He emphasized the need to work continually, not
only for our own inner growth but for the upliftment of all humanity. His whole life is an
example of spiritual work and selfless service. Hatha Yoga, which revolves around asana
(yogic postures) and pranayama (breath control), was the least mentioned by him, though he
did see its usefulness as a support for the deeper yogic disciplines.
Over the last hundred years many Americans have taken up the physical side of Yoga but few
have given the same attention to the spiritual side of Yoga, which leads one to Vedanta.
Americans frequently talk of Yoga and exercise.