The Philosophy of Yoga



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One goes beyond the limitations of the body, the mind and the ego. Through regular practice yoga gives intuitive powers and leads man to perfection, the realization of the self.

Yoga means unity. With the perfect concentration of the mind, this unity arises by fusing the individual consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness. The Indian masters of the Rigveda have used the technique of yoga to unlock the secrets of The Creator and Creation. One goes beyond the limitations of the body, the mind, and the ego. Through regular practice, yoga gives intuitive powers and leads man to perfection, the realization of the self. The formation of the Knowledge of the Unity with all being is Yoga, the essence of yoga. The ancient Vedic Masters recognized everlasting bliss and unlimited bliss as the goal of all creation. This perfect happiness is experienced by one who perceives his oneness with the Creator, the source of absolute joy. God, Param Brahman, the Universal Soul, or the All-encompassing Self are but a few of many names for the cause of all existence.

Spirituality is the innermost center at the heart of all religions and beliefs in which the Creator reveals Himself.  The Vedic term for this is Sanatana Dharma or Eternal Religion. Yoga in general and Kriya Yoga, in particular, are the art and science of spirituality. Through the practice of meditation, one breaks through the boundaries of material existence and realizes its oneness with the Universal Supreme Self. Kriya Yoga is a balanced and functional combination of Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga, which leads to Jnana Yoga and Knowledge of God. It is based on scientifically based breathing techniques, which give the mind peace and quiet as well as the ability to concentrate.

This involves the simultaneous use of breath and thought energy to go beyond the limitations of thought and experience the state of pure consciousness. In addition to this, Kriya Yoga gives health, the joy of creativity, determination, and a sense of universal love and harmony with fellow human beings and the totality of the Creation. It includes light gymnastic exercises, breathing and meditation techniques and is beneficial to the body as well as the mind, intellect, and soul. The aim of Kriya Yoga is thus always to be conscious of everything and to do it, that it is the soul that accomplishes the activities. The techniques of Kriya Yoga have been passed on only from a Master to the student.

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