Sunday, July 9, 2017
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July is a month for study of Raja Yoga, a spiritual path often called the yoga of meditation. As a raja yogi, you use ancient, proven spiritual techniques to quiet your mind and gain control of your attention. Regular daily practice of Raja Yoga increases your ability to concentrate, and may lead to meditation. This can unite you with the Divine Presence, the source of your being, and liberate you from the cycle of rebirth and death.
Swami Brahmananda, the spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi, said:
“I will tell you a secret. You may not fully understand its meaning now, but in time its truth will dawn on you. And this truth is that every man’s will and mind lead him progressively toward good. Some are led along thorny paths and some are led along smooth paths, but all reach the same goal.” The goal is Self-realization — freedom, liberation from all bondage! Brahmanandaji also taught that you can accelerate the process by your own efforts, by your spiritual practice.
Swami Shivananda, another of Ramakrishna’s direct disciples, said: “All that one has to do is establish God in one’s heart by any means. Then, one need make no separate effort to build up a moral character. All such divine qualities as truthfulness, kindness, love, etc., then come to one as a matter of course.”
In this talk Br. Shankara points to evidence of spiritual progress in your life, and explores how the principles and practices of Raja Yoga can help establish God in your heart.