Yoga means 'Oneness' and constitutes
the essence of every possible religion,
the gist of every creed and the core of
every spiritual path.
In ancient India, yoga was practised
by such sages as Shiva, Rama, Krishna
and Vyasa. What Krishna teaches Arjuna
is not Krishnaism, but just Yoga! The
root of Jainism is Yoga, since Mahavira
practised Hatha Yoga. Jesus Christ even
carried out a lengthy pilgrimage with
the purpose of studying yoga. Gautama
Buddha studied Yoga throughout his life.
Bodhidharma brought Buddha's raja yoga
from India to China.
In the Middle East countries this practice
is known as SUFA or ZUF (hbr).
As the Bible teaches, such men as Samuel
or David the prophets, were related to
the sufi school (rish).
In Tibet, people do not call themselves
the Buddhists but the yoga practitioners.
Padmasambhava is a yogi as well.
Yoga comes from connecting to God, just
as the word religion means in a western
context. There are many schools or even
called sampradajas with different forms
All teachings guide an embodied spirit
in a (non)-personal relationship to God.
The supreme godhead resides in every being
in its heart.
The native yoga-paths are a part of the
vedic-culture we refer to today as hinduism,
but the real importance of vedic culture
seems to be that it has enabled native
yoga-paths to stay in the Indian sub-continent
unchanged longer than they have in other
locations. It seems as if these philosophies
were once known all over the world.
Eight Stages of Yoga
The following are the eight stages in
Yoga, known as 'Ashtanga Yoga'. One needs
to practice and master each of these eight
stages in order to reunite with the divine
energy in the universe.
These are eternal, universal moral commandments.
Perpetual Yama curbs the tendency toward
violence and possessiveness. It inspires
truthfulness, purity, conscience, trustworthiness,
goodness and honesty.
This is the restraint of the mind by means
of its own rules and regulations. It is
self-purification through discipline,
self-contentment, self-study and above
all, the surrender of the self to God.
It is also the study of scripts and holy
These are body postures, which develop
inner awareness and aid in calming the
This is the rhythmic control, prolongation
and restraint of the breath. Its aim is
to discover a subtle psychic force or
a subtle cosmic element.
This entails control of the senses of
the human body. It is important to give
up all emotions, sentiments and pleasures.
The mind must be completely withdrawn
from external attractions and objects.
This is the Sanskrit word for "to
hold". It is an intense, deep concentration
which enhances the selected mental state.
This is meditation, contemplation and
Profound Meditation leads to a state of
superconsciousness. This state is called
Samadhi. It is the union of the individual
aspirant (Sadhaka) with the object of
his meditation Paramatma or the Supreme
Universal Spirit - the all pervasive truth.
This is sometimes referred to as your
potential or destiny. Living up to attributes
of this number may not be easy, but it
is your goal in the here and now. It is
your life's purpose, spiritual mission,
and your field of opportunity.