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Yoga — now a household word - is still clothed in mystery and misunderstanding. Many students are confused by Sanskrit terms and the many different ‘paths’ of yoga expounded by various schools.

In this concise yet exhaustive volume, now a widely read text for students of yoga and spirituality, the author has clarified the doubts and questions of students from all parts of the world. In his wide travels, he has instructed aspirants of every racial and religious group and understood their basic and urgent needs.

Endorsed with forewords from the Vatican and heads of Anglican, Jewish, and Sufi faiths, ‘Yoga’ is a highly recommended reading for all seekers of truth, saner living, and self-knowledge.

 About the Author

Swami Venkatesananda, for twenty years a recluse and ascetic disciple of the world-renowned sage Swami Sivananda, spent the next twenty years continuing his service of Guru and humanity, teaching through word and example the ideal of enlightened life: the practice of yoga in a modern context. The most outstanding feature of his life and writings is the simplicity which is reflected in his ‘common sense’ view of our seemingly complex problems.

Swami Venkatesananda’s practical instruction in yoga postures, meditation, and the application of yoga philosophy indicates his deep personal knowledge and insight into both the teachings themselves and the dynamics of life.

During the first part of my stay in South Africa in 1961, I noticed an intense desire on the part of many Indians and non-Indians to rediscover for adoption in their own lives a saner2 glue of life. The impact of materialistic civilization made it difficult for them to assimilate orthodox teaching as offered in the scriptures; they were not quite satisfied with a complete break-away from tradition into the free-thinker’s bye-lanes where all but the chosen lost their path altogether. For their benefit I prepared a pamphlet "The Handbook of Yoga" —— explaining the orthodox principles: simpler style, without, however, deviating from tradition. The re-e; use was very encouraging.

When I was in Mauritius in 1963, Mr. K.L. Dassagne of the "Mauritius Times” asked me to contribute a series of articles on Yoga. I based these articles on the former pamphlet, considerably expanding the thoughts, to make them clearer. The results were still; more encouraging. I offer my thanks to Mr. Dassagne and the editor of the "Mauritius Times”, the Hon. Mr. B. Ramallah for allowing me the hospitality of their paper.

Since my return to Mauritius in April 1964, I have:: repeatedly been asked to publish all the articles in book form. I have: put them all together and added a few more to make the book comprehensive and offer it at the feet of the lord who dwells in the heart of all earnest seekers after him.

It was a rare spiritual encounter meeting Swami Venkatesananda and it will always remain vivid in my memory and consciousness with a special significance. When I listened to and exchanged dialogue with him at many meetings and retreats where we appeared together his beautiful simplicity coupled with abounding wisdom, immediately made itself manifest. This double essence of scholarship and humanity makes Swami Venkatesananda an outstanding teacher. Martin Buber would have called him "a Mensh”, meaning freely, a man of quality in all areas.

In translating this insight and simplicity into his book on Yoga, we get the same inspiration and wisdom from his words as he points out ways to live out and act out the principles of Yoga in the mainstream of living.

His book, interestingly enough, points out similarities to the old movement of Hassidism, and the more current aspect of NEO-HASSIDISM within the Jewish religion which emphasizes worship through JOY, the SINCHA concept, worship through SERVICE, the AVODAH concept, and worship through PURPOSE, or the Kavanah concept. These relate to the faith, acts, and discipline that Swamiji describes so eloquently in his book. When he describes the quest for happiness, meditation, and service, it relates to the psychological, existential formula for living and growing on a three—run “Psycho-Social-Spiritual” basis. This refers to the Me level of personal insight to self-defeating defences and mechanisms on the un•conscious level, with the commitment to finding out "WHO AM I "and "WHAT AM I FEELING." It further refers to the I—YOU level of social obligation or my commitment to my fellowman and society or "HOW DO I LOVE" and "HOW DO l GIVE". Finally, it refers to the I - Thou level of spiritual involvement or my dedication to God and my cosmic role in perfecting creation as a partner to God.

Swami Venkatesananda has related powerfully to these basic issues in his book by summing up his teachings on Yoga as promoting "discipline, faith, and social solidarity".

The readers will find this book a personal and spiritual guide and lesson for life enhancement.

In spiritual fellowship personal inspiration and deep respect I relate to this book on Yoga and to Swami Venkatesananda with gratitude.


In the Western world today wherever the idea that Yoga is magic has been dispelled, it is regarded as a unique and unparalleled system of physical culture (which it is) and nothing more; which is it not). People who are anxious to save on doctor’s bills, figure-conscious women, good-livers who yet want to escape from the tension inherent in their way of life —- these people practice Yoga but they ignore the fundamental thesis in yoga, the unity of body mind-spirit.

The yogi believes in the ideal of a ‘sound mind in a sound body’ but that is because he knows that body and mind are one, a single unit with two poles as it were, that what happens in one inevitably reflects in and affects the other. Yet his ultimate aim is not a ‘body perfect’, because he knows that the body itself is subject to decay and decomposition. It is an instrument worth keeping in good working order while the work lasts. It is a vehicle best to maintain well till it takes him to his destination. The destination is described as self-realization.

The brain

The path to self-realization has been well and beautifully laid by our ancients. To begin with, the physical body is well trained, yet the student of yoga does not pay too much attention to body musculature. Yoga postures exert a profound and salutary influence on the internal vital organs of the body. Right from here the genius of yoga becomes apparent. Special attention is devoted to that part of the physical and vital anatomy that distinguishes man from the animal kingdom, the brain. Man possesses. A highly developed and complex brain; he only possesses it, but does not always use it! Disused brain atrophies! Gerontologists have discovered that one of the principal causes of failing intellectual powers associated with senility is decreased blood supply to the brain. Hence one of the most famous yoga postures, the siras asana or the headstand keeps the brain cells charged with energy. It is natural-reputed to arrest mental senility, improve memory, and preserve intellectual faculties from being impaired even in ripe old age. Taking advantage of the earth’s gravitational pull the yogi’s heart pours an abundant supply of blood into his head recharging the cells and strengthening the vital organs in the head such as the eyes and the ears nourishing the all-important endocrine glands the pineal and the pituitary. The latter in conjunction with the other glands of the endocrine system is responsible for the emotional balance or imbalance of the personality and hence the yogi enjoys a balanced personality. Almost all of the yoga postures (loosely called exercises) are woven around the backbone to ensure flexibility and strength. If the backbone is supple the central nervous system is strong and the psychic force called prana circulates freely preventing disease and promoting well-being. Some postures look after the endocrine glands. Others squeeze massage and relax and the other vital organs of the body like the abdominal viscera the lungs and the limbs.

Beyond Mind and Body

Modern psychosomatic medicine is beginning to recognize the intimate relationship between mental or emotional states and disease. A tense nervous system and hormonal imbalance brought about by stress and strain, wrong thinking, and ill feelings, can expose the physical body to germs and viruses, whereas a strong nervous system and hormonal balance maintained by the practice of yoga, which includes psychological and emotional order, can neutralize the effects of germs and viruses. Moreover, one who is tense tends to grip and hold these germs and viruses within him!

Yoga promotes well-being. But, this is not just the absence of illness. It is a condition that transcends the body and the mind. This is the purpose of yoga. An athlete or gymnast exercises the body in order proudly to display it; a yogi exercises the body to discover the marvellous intelligence that is built into it. An unhealthy body houses a distracted mind that is obsessed with the malfunctioning of the diseased organ. Such malfunctioning is the fruit of man’s ignorance of and a crime against the intelligence that fills every cell of the body: when the mind or the will does not interfere, this intelligence functions perfectly (for instance. in deep sleep), and when there is ego-interference and consequent disturbance in balance, the adjustment that the intelligence makes to restore the balance is what is popularly known as physical or psychological malfunction or illness. The yogi, while practising the yoga postures discovers this astounding truth: this inner intelligence is beyond the mind and the ego, and he cannot ‘add a cubit to his stature by taking a thought’. A healthy body looks after itself, freeing his mind for other, more serious work.

Once the yogi is established in this state of well-being, he can pursue his spiritual goal unaffected by even physical illness which may be occasioned by other ‘natural’ factors. His body looks after itself, and he looks towards his spiritual goal.

Perhaps this is what ‘mind over matter’ means: here, the ‘mind’ does not refer to the thinking faculty, but to that which is beyond it, beyond the ‘me’. This intelligence at once pervades in mind and the body and, therefore, transcends both of them. It’s often known as the self, the spirit, the higher mind, the soul, or the indwelling presence.

If the physical part of yoga has been carefully, systematically)` and diligently practised, the yogi’s mind would naturally be calm and his emotions under control, yet it will not take these for granted. Yoga involves strict mental and emotional (moral) discipline, too. While certain breathing exercises called pranayama •the yogi in his control of thought and emotion, is advised to watch them in their spheres. The physical practices of yoga without the corresponding effort to control the mind and the irons fail to achieve anything; because while the yoga postures; onward psychological and emotional order, the willful disturbance of that order in the psychological sphere neutralizes the benefit. Unmindful of this the student of yoga complains that he has made no progress.

When the intelligent control over the mind and the emotion go hand-in-hand with the physical postures of yoga and the breathing exercises, the yogi very soon achieves an indescribable peace of mind. This is the very opposite of drug-induced peace. The peace of mind that the yogi enjoys is characterized by a conscious experience of inner power and a powerful experience of consciousness. A still mind reflects the inner spirit in all its divine majesty.

The disturbed mind is opaque. The still mind is transparent and the light of the spirit is radiated through it without the least distortion.

  Preface i
  Preface to the Sixth Edition ii
  Blessing from the Vatican iii
  Blessing from an Anglican Archbishop vii
  Foreword by Rabbi Gelberman viii
  Foreword by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan x
  Introduction xi
  Contents xix
Chapter One
Divine Life
1 Yoga the myth and the truth 1
2 The Meaning of Life 3
3 Quest of Happiness 4
4 The first principle of Yoga 5
5 Essentials of Social Service 6
6 The Power of Love 8
7 God is love 10
8 Wisdom looks at evil 11
9 A Forgotten vital secret 12
10 Yoga for integral perfection 14
11 Self-discovery 15
12 Practice yoga and love it 17
13 Are we sincere 18
14 Your Normal life is yoga 19
Chapter Two
Karma Yoga

15 Contemplative dynamism 21
16 Not 1. but the lord 23
17 Religion for the modern man 27
18 The Three-pronged attack on ignorance 30
Chapter Three
 Bhakti Yoga
19 Love is God and man 33
20 The Yoga of Devotion 35
21 From Ritual to Realisation 37
22 Conquest of the Conqueror 42
23 From Mantra to Meditation 45
Chapter Four
Hatha Yoga

24 Hatha Yoga is an art and a science 49
25 Purifacatory exercises 52
26 Sivananda’s way 55
27 I worship the sun the giver of life (Suryanamaskara) 56
28 The Yogi’s Favorite: (Sirasasana) 58
29 The Yogi’s Tonic (Sarvangasana) 60
30 Healthy plants grow from healthy roots: (Halasana) 62
31 A Divine Marvel (Matsyasana) 64
32 Unlock the hidden treasure (Bhujangasana) 66
33 Maintenance of the nutrition factory (Salabhasana and Dhanurasana) 67
34 Health is within reach: bend forward (Pascimottanasana) 70
35 The Twist is yoga (Ardhamatsyendrasana) 72
36 Be Balanced be sane (Mayurasana) 74
37 You can be beautiful if you want (Cakrasana Padahastasana Trikonasana) 77
38 First step to self-mastery (Uddiyana and Nauli) 78
39 Relaxation (Savasana) 80
40 The Incredible secret (prana) 82
41 Postures for Pranayama and meditation 83
42 Realisation of the life force (Pranayama) 86
43 The Heart of Hatha Yoga (Kumbhaka) 90
44 General Advice 96
45 What Shall I eat 98
46 The Seal of Triumph Mudra 100
47 The Inner psychic world 107
  Kundalini for character-building 111
48 Laya Yoga 123
Chapter Five
Raja Yoga
49 Yoga of meditation 139
50 The I-Dea of I 146
51 The Eight limbs of yoga 156
52 Why Meditate? 163
53 How to meditate 167
Chapter Six
54 Self Knowledge 176
  Books recommended for further study 185
  Index 186
  Asana Illustrations 191

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