Meditation - Mind and Patanjali's Yoga

Meditation - Mind and Patanjali's Yoga

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Author: Swami Bhaskarananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 253
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171209912


This work is a handbook for every one eager to realize the higher values of life and attain life's fulfillment. Read the book and discover how meditation restores to us the peace that is our birthright.

After clearly explaining why we should meditate, the Swami underlines the need for a Guru. Then he details the eight steps that constitute Patanjali's system of Yoga. He takes care to point out the road-blocks in the path to the Supreme Goal and sheds much light on Kundalini Yoga, Samadhi and Mantra Japa. The fringe benefits of meditation in the form of stress-relief are also dwelt upon.


I have gone through Swami Bhaskarananda’s book, Meditation, Mind and Patanjali’s Yoga. The manuscript is wonderful. Very clear and very well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I myself would buy it and would recommend it to my students too.

-Prof. John Grimes
Dept of Religious Studies
Michigan State University

The book provides a clear, interesting, and comprehensive survey of the Yoga system, from ethics to meditation. Not only does it competently summarize Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, it explains in details the basic concepts of Samkhya philosophy, particularly the three gunas, and the fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga, most notably the seven Chakras. Examples of Yogic practice are given from the experiences of Swami Bhaskarananda, supplemented with stories from the lives of Sri Ramakrishna and other Hindu saints. This book provides a gentle introduction to the spirituality of India in a manner accessible to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religious background. It has been a pleasure and inspiration to read this book!

-Christopher Key Chapple
Professor of Theological Studies
Director, Asian and Pacific Studies
Loyola Marymount University

It is a wonderfully rich and mature treatise on meditation and growth in the spiritual life, with many fine observations which should help beginners-and more advanced practitioners as well-to advance along the spiritual path. It is not only a clear exposition of yoga, but it is also a book about integral spiritual development which is reasonably well attuned to life in America today. It deserves serious notice and wide reading.

He speaks from a tradition with good common sense and a sense of rootedness. It is a strength of the book that it is focused concisely on Yoga and Yoga works.

-Francis X Clooney, S J
Professor of Theology
Boston College


List of Illustrations and Diagrams


Pronunciation Guide


Why We Should Meditate

Teacher and Student Relationship

Steps to Yoga








Obstacles to Meditation

Hazards in Meditation

Kundalini Power and the Six Chakras

The Sankhya Theory of Creation


What Happens after Samadhi


Judging Our Own Spiritual Progress

Stress Relief

Concluding Remarks

Appendix A

Appendix B



About the Author