Yoga, Or, Transformation; A Comparative Statement Of The Various Religious Dogmas Concerning The…

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byWilliam Joseph Flagg

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. HINDU YOGA. According to the Vedanta philosophy man first becomes man when he forgets he is god. He is created by nothing but the obscuration of his own consciousness, and he can again become god simply by returning to his original knowledge of himself. Thus he may re-discover himself and know that he has always been god. It is this re-discovery of himself that the Sanskrit word yoga, literally joined, is commonly used to express. But the re-discovery is not made as knowledge is ordinarily obtained; and the searcher must undergo a sort of transformation before he can receive it. It is only in the last stage to which persistent practice can consciously carry the yogi, that of Samadhi, that it comes to him as an ecstatic influx touching at once both intellect and will, filling the one with light and the other with joy, as if in tracing his lineage backward towards its beginning he had come to that link in the chain of causation where love and wisdom are as yet undivergent, and can be conceived only as one. The means or ways of attaining yoga, which we will term "yoga practice;" all resolve themselves into concentration of mind. And to this concentration Hinduism, which is both philosophy and religion, makes all its vast collection of gods of every degree, all its countless temples, with their idols and symbols, in which those gods are worshipped, all its theology and ritual of devotion, but the subservient means. For yoga is above and beyond all these; they merely conduct the devotee up to it, and at its portals vanish as guides and ushers should. To the whole thing, the work and what is worked for, the term yoga is commonly applied, just as in old Chinese literature the word tao is, which can mean way to travel on, but when used in relation t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. HINDU YOGA. According to the Vedanta philosophy man first becomes man when he forgets he is god. He is created b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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