Complete Book of Yoga Swami Vivekanand: Swami Vivekanand’s World Most Popular Books Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga

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Complete Book of Yoga Swami Vivekanand

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Karma Yoga

The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit Kri, to do; all action is Karma. Technically, this word also means the effects of actions. In connection with metaphysics, it sometimes means the effects, of which our past actions were the causes. But in Karma-Yoga we have simply to do with the word Karma as meaning work. The goal of mankind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal.



The subject of the present book is that form of Yoga known as Raja-Yoga. The aphorisms of Patanjali are the highest authority on Raja-Yoga, and form its textbook. The other philosophers, though occasionally differing from Patanjali in some philosophical points, have, as a rule, acceded to his method of practice a decided consent. The first part of this book comprises several lectures to classes delivered by the present writer in New York. The second part is a rather free translation of the aphorisms (Sutras) of Patanjali, with a running commentary.



According to ancient Vedic texts, there are four main paths of Yoga. Jnana Yoga is said to be the most difficult and complex amongst them. A jnana yoga follower needs to possess great will power and intellectual prowess to discipline the mind and transcend its varied thoughts and habits.

Jnana Yoga is also known as the wisdom yoga. The principal goal of Jnana yogis is to attain liberation from this materialistic Maya world and merge with the superior inner self or the ‘Atman’.



Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us eternal freedom. “Bhakti”, says Nârada in his explanation of the Bhakti-aphorisms, “is intense love to God”; “When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied for ever”; “This love cannot be reduced to any earthly benefit”, because so long as worldly desires last, that kind of love does not come; “Bhakti is greater than karma, greater than Yoga, because these are intended for an object in view, while Bhakti is its own fruition, its own means and its own end.”

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Prabhat Prakashan (8 August 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 2263 KB
Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Print length ‏ : ‎ 582 pages

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