“How to Know God” through the power of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga (the King’s Yoga) – Br. Shankara

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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How to Know God, by Sw. Prabhavananda“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.” — Swami Vivekananda (Swamiji)

When Swamiji said psychic control, he was pointing to the aims and practices of Raja Yoga. These ancient techniques were organized and formalized by Patanjali. In this discourse, we discuss “How to Know God,” a translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by Swami Prabhavananda. (Prabhavananda, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda, founded the Vedanta Society of Southern California in 1931 and headed it until his death on July 4, 1976.) The swami promises that the power of Raja Yoga is yours for the taking.