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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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THE PATHS OF YOGA : YOGA
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"Yu" itself means both to unite or to separate, to unite with the real and separate from the unreal. To it is combined the consonant "j" additionally emphasizing energy, creativity and direction. Hence the meaning of Yoga arises as integration, discrimination and discipline. There are many synonyms for Yoga in Sanskrit and other languages. It is often called the way or the path or the work.  

Yoga as work is not our ordinary work of seeking to gain things for ourselves or become something. It is not some form of attainment, achievement or acquisition. It is the spiritual work of dissolving our egoistic drives into the cosmic will. As such it is a path of inaction or action opposite the ordinary direction of outward expansion. It involves meditation, patience, perseverance, silence, solitude and peace. 

The analogy of Yoga is like making an irrigation ditch from a river to irrigate a piece of land. The work does not create the water but only makes a channel for it to flow. Without contact with the inner waters of truth, Yoga therefore has no purpose. Hence in the ancient writings Yoga was also called "Yajna", meaning sacrifice, surrender, offering or consecration. The Yogic work is the sacrifice of the outer and the lower to afford a path for the inner and the higher to manifest. Yoga proceeds by a special grace or power. This is called the "Yoga Shakti" or power of Yoga. It is the Yoga Shakti that does the real work, not our personal will. This Yoga Shakti is the inner form of the Goddess, the secret energy and intelligence of Mother Nature in evolution.

 

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About The Paths Of Yoga : Yoga
The Paths Of Yoga...Pg1
The Paths Of Yoga....Pg2
The Paths Of Yoga...Pg3
The Paths Of Yoga...Pg4
Yoga Of Knowledge...
Teachings On The Yoga Of...
The Yoga Of Devotion..Pg1
The Yoga Of Devotion..Pg2
The Yoga Of Devotion..Pg3
The Yoga Of Devotion..Pg4
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg1
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg2
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg3
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg4
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg5
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg6
Forms Of The Gods And..Pg7
The Avataras...Pg1
The Avataras...Pg2
The Avataras...Pg3
The Yoga Of Service...Pg1
The Yoga Of Service-Pg2
The Yoga Of Technique...Pg1
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg2
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg3
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg4
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg5
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg6
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg7
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg8
The Yoga Of Technique..Pg9
Integral Yoga : Raj Yoga...Pg1
Integral Yoga : Raj Yoga...Pg2
Integral Yoga : Raj Yoga...Pg3
Integral Yoga : Raj Yoga...Pg4
Experience In Yoga
The Astral Plane
The Paths Of Yoga..
High Tech Yogas...Pg1
High Tech Yogas...Pg2
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