Yoga Doctrine

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CHAPTER: ONE
YOGA: A VISION

1.0 INTRODUCTION

In all centuries, Yoga has become a very familiar term and there are hundreds and thousands of people in both the Orient as well as in the Occident who are practising Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and the Yoga of Meditation etc.Yoga is the greatest philosophy of India. It deals with the mysteries of life as well as of the universe. It deals especially with those aspects of life and universe that are beyond normal human intellect. Its doctrines are based upon spiritual experiences. These doctrines are philosophical in nature, since they deal with transcendental experiences. These doctrines are not mere dogmas but are scientific truth.

The last decade’s yoga has become very popular in the western world.
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Yoga means union, joining, harnessing, contract or connection. It represents the union between the individual self, or ‘jeevatma’ with the supreme Universal Self, or ‘paramathma’. In other words it is the union of individual energy and universal energy. This is the union of man with absolute reality. It is the joining of healthy body and mind. Yoga as a Philosophy reunites all opposites- mind and body, stillness and movement, masculine and feminine, sun and moon in order to bring reconciliation between such…show more content…
It accepts Samkhyan, except Personal God. The universe is divided into two and consists entirely of two fundamentally different kinds of beings- Prakriti (Matter) and Purusha (Soul). Both are separated, eternal, uncaused and indestructible. When they become associated, soul becomes aware of what goes on in body which lacks consciousness and purposive through being mirrored in the awareness constituting the soul. This happy circumstance stirs body into evolutionary activity. Thus body becomes alive. Then self- consciousness generates the opposite objectivity. Then mind emerges which give rise to five organs of perception and five organs of action. Each of the five senses evolves and involves both subtle and gross elements. The five subtle elements are colour, sound, odor, flavour and tactile pressure. The gross elements are the Panca Maha

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