Learn Rajayoga from Vivekananda


Edited by: Mahendra Kulasrestha
Publisher: Lotus Press, New Delhi
(Pp 243, ISBN: 8183821456, Rs 250)

Written in the easiest way to understand exposition of Swami Vivekananda’s supreme philosophy and practice of perfect health and godhead, Learn Rajayoga from Vivekananda is a collection of written and spoken verses of Swami Vivekananda describing chief classic of Rajayoga – the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. The fact is that Swami Vivekananda was the first presenter of the Indian philosophy and culture to the west and he took the world by storm through his exposition in theory and practice of Rajayoga or ‘Yoga’ which commonly known to general public.

This book simplifies the works of yoga which Swami Vivekananda delivered across the globe. The asanas are illustrated in this book to make it clear and understandable to readers from all walks of life, irrespective of religions, casts, colours and geographical differences. Along with the universalist Indian philosophy of Advaita or Vedanta, Swami Vivekananda presented Rajayoga as management ideology which eventually helped in the actual attainment of Brahaman or godhead.

Swami Vivekananda revealed Rajayoga as a science, not as a mish-mash of complicated philosophy. He always compared its concepts with modern scientific theories, giving learners an entirely different shape and look which people of different creeds and deeds accepted in great speed. This book is divided into four broad chapters under The Kingly Rajayoga, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Simple Lessons in Rajayoga and Rajayoga in Other Scriptures which are further sub-structured into sections on methods, steps and practices. This book is well designed as the one which every yoga enthusiast should read.

– Jyaneswar Laishram

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