Raja Yoga

by Loredana Colitti
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In general Yoga deals with the problem of disharmony of conscience, through the many ways it was expressed over the millennia. Variety ot its practices has actually a single goal: to realise perceptual and experiential unity of human beings, and is reflected in the very meaning of Yoga, i.e. union.

Patanjali, the father of Raja Yoga, through Yoga Sutra codified in absolutely scientific terms all that's needed to human beings to perform the transition that Upanisad describe as what makes you move "from unreal to real, from darkness to light and from death to immortality". The Ashtanga, literally "eight steps", reported in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, constitute the base philosophical writings of Yoga.

In India, where Yoga was born, the Raja Yoga, compared to other types of Yoga, is considered the most enlightened, the one including within itself the effects of all other practices.


Yoga, science of being and evolution - The many types of Yoga - Pranayama, the science of breathing - Introduction to meditation - The planes of creation - The seven rays - Nature's kingdoms - Man as microcosm - The conscience of atom - Kundalini, the evolutionary energy of man - Chakra, centers of energy and conscience - The subtle bodies - The aura and its colors - The Karma, the cause/effect law, reincarnation - The dreams - Transformation of negative emotions - The eight steps of Yoga - The initiations, the initiation path - Celestial hierarchy, the masters of wisdom - Health, disease and esoteric healing - The service