The Origin and nature of Emotions - Give You The Highest Yogi Teachings
|A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga
by Yogi Ramacharaka
This book is a beautiful explanation of Yogi Philosophy. Everything about Hindu philosophy for the non-Eastern reader.
It talks about nature, forces and reason. The Yogi Philosophy and its several branches or fields are presented with great detail.
The writer explains "Hatha Yoga" which deals with the physical body and its control; its welfare; its health, etc and "Raja Yoga" which principally deals with the mind.
The book answers several scientific and intellectual questions regarding this ancient eastern practice.
I. The One 1
II. Omnipresent Life 27
III. The Creative Will 51
IV. The Unity of Life 75
V. The One and the Many 101
VI. Within the Mind of the One 127
VII. Cosmic Evolution 153
VIII. The Ascent of Man 177
IX. Metempsychosis 203
X. Spiritual Evolution 229
XI. The Law of Karma 253
XII. Occult Miscellany 277
THE FIRST LESSON
The Yogi Philosophy may be divided into several great branches, or fields. What is known as "Hatha Yoga" deals with the physical body and its control; its welfare; its health; its preservation; its laws, etc.
What is known as "Raja Yoga" deals with the Mind; its control; its development; its unfoldment, etc. What is known as "Bhakti Yoga" deals
with the Love of the Absolute--God. What is known as "Gnani Yoga" deals
with the scientific and intellectual knowing of the great questions regarding Life and what lies back of Life--the Riddle of the Universe.
Each branch of Yoga is but a path leading toward the one end--unfoldment, development, and growth. He who wishes first to develop, control and strengthen his physical body so as to render it a fit instrument of the Higher Self, follows the path of "Hatha Yoga."
He who would develop his will-power and mental faculties, unfolding the
inner senses, and latent powers, follows the path of "Raja Yoga." He who wishes to develop by "knowing"--by studying the fundamental principles, and the wonderful truths underlying Life, follows the path of "Gnani Yoga." And he who wishes to grow into a union with the One Life by the influence of Love, he follows the path of "Bhakti Yoga."
But it must not be supposed that the student must ally himself to only a single one of these paths to power. In fact, very few do. The majority prefer to gain a rounded knowledge, and acquaint themselves with the principles of the several branches, learning something of each, giving preference of course to those branches that appeal to them more strongly, this attraction being the indication of need, or requirement, and, therefore, being the hand pointing out the path.