Raja Yoga is a system of spiritual knowledge, combined with meditation exercises to re-discover and re-emerge our innate higher nature.
Raja Yoga provides insights into the spiritual laws that govern us all. It also offers suggestions for a life style that can restore inner and outer harmony.
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One of the first teachings of Raja Yoga is the identification of the real self and the answer to the question, Who am I?
When we refer to ourselves as human beings, the word human refers to the body and the physical aspects of being a human, which are temporary. The word being, on the other hand, refers to the experiencer, the one who inhabits the body.
This experiencer is the true self or soul. The experiencer thinks, feels, and expresses oneself through the body. This invisible, conscious, real self is timeless.
When we are aware of ourselves as a soul, a timeless being, we can then begin to experience our natural state of peace, benevolence, purity, wisdom, and power.
In a meditative state of mind, we visualize this inner being a tiny star of light, with light representing consciousness.
In Raja Yoga, the Supreme Soul is seen as one who is always supremely wise, pure, peaceful, benevolent and loving.
Through meditation, we can experience that highly refined nature of the supreme, one who is also called God.
Through meditation, we can know the supreme as a loving parent and a loyal friend. The experience of this relationship will allow the best in us to come to the surface.
The physical world is constantly changing and is unpredictable. But we can experience a higher quality of life if we have the consciousness of a detached observer. One who does not get caught up in the situation around them and remains in control of one's emotions and feelings. Such a person can accept whatever life brings them and respond appropriately.
A detached observer experiences freedom, self-awareness, inner security and a selfless kind of love.
Why do we get emotional pain? We can see pain as
- a challenge
- a punishment
- a message from nature
- an opportunity for learning?
Explore the spiritual mind-set that allows us to transform pain into a lesson that enriches us.