Yoga for Union with cosmic self

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Paramahansa Yogananda often said that after his exit from the physical body, his lessons would take his place to aid and advice the spiritual aspirants. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, let us ponder on his legacy of lessons on self-realisation, spreading practical and theoretical teachings on Yoga for union with the cosmic Self.
Yogananda felt the pulse of the people, their spiritual whereabouts, scientific inquisitiveness, and worldly compulsions and framed a comprehensive curriculum on yoga, blending Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Mantra Yoga, and Laya Yoga.
Raja Yoga, the rocket route to self-realisation, meant for ascetics has been made accessible to householder aspirants as well. The foundation of the path has been made intellectually firm with spiritual wisdom and dynamic, emotional fuel of divine romance with the cosmic beloved. In that process, life becomes an offering to God with selfless service to the Omnipresent all the time during mundane activities. Meaningful chanting with continuous internalisation constitutes the recurring refrain in spiritual journey to self-realisation.
Yogananda is widely known as an emissary of Kriya Yoga, which according to Maharshi Patanjali constitutes tapasya, swadhyaya and Ishwarpranidhan.Tapasya means persistent practise of equanimity under all circumstances. Swadhyaya involves analytical and assimilative engagement with lessons on Self-realisation. While Ishwarpranidhan means spontaneous offering of life to cosmic will.
Thus, it is a chemical composition of Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga for total transformation of the devotee. Usually, Kriya Yoga is understood to be a dynamic process of meditation, in which Prana is moved from gross, material manifestation of the divine to subtle elements and unified field of consciousness towards Spirit, through microcosmic spinal stairways of wakefulness in man, made in the image of God, as an epitome of the cosmic play of Nature and Spirit in creation.
M N Kundu

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