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The World's Religions - Chapter II, Hinduism, The Way to God through Psychophysical Exercise, Summary & Analysis

Huston Smith
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Chapter II, Hinduism, The Way to God through Psychophysical Exercise, Summary and Analysis

Raja yoga (the royal road) is designed for those with a scientific bent. The theory behind this method is that human beings are layered entities and seek to delve into the deep-lying areas of the psyche. Theoretically, the practice of raja yoga leads to a direct personal experience beyond what is within. It comes, however with certain risks; for at the extreme it could be a waste of time or (if done incorrectly) could induce psychosis. There are eight steps to the process. One and two involve preparation in clearing the mind and attaining mental clarity.

Step three involves assuming a yoga position that gets the body into the best possible position to remain still and alert. Step four is proper yogic breathing...

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