YOGA – RAJA YOGA TEACHING:
The meaning of Yoga is union.The real yoga practice is when we try to collect our thoughts from all sources, make them one and connect them with our Inner Self. Yoga means this union with the Supreme Self which destroys all ignorance.Man cannot realize God by self-exertion alone. For the vision of God His grace is absolutely necessary, and this grace is felt by the pure of heart.The mind is to be purified through bhakti or devotion. The pure mind then remains for ever immersed in the ecstasy of God-vision known as Illumination. It is the cultivation of divine love.
Major branches of Yoga in Hindu Philosophy include Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga and Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga or Hatha vidya is a system of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India and the compiler of Hatha yoga Pradipika. He introduces Hatha yoga as a preparatory stage of physical strength and purification that the body practices for higher Meditation. The various Asanas and Pranayama in Raja yoga are what the Hindu Yogis used to physically train their body for long periods of Meditation. Hatha yoga is what most people associated with the word YOGA and is the most commonly practiced for mental and physical health. But the real meaning of YOGA is union, the union of Inner Self and Supreme Self and thus become ONE. As per the great Sage Patanjali, “Chita Virtti Nirodha Yoga” means “Yoga is retraining the mind-stuff(Chitta) from taking various forms(Virttis)”. Here he points out concentration and mind control. Seeing everything as one is also Yoga.
Generally when the word Yoga is heard, we may think of Hatha yoga which is actually a physical exercise for mental and bodily vigor and vitality.This is being done throughout the world knowing the marvelous result of it.