Some people are of the opinion that one must choose a particular method of yoga according to one’s personality. An emotional person would then practice bhakti yoga (the yoga based on love and devotion). An intellectual would select gyan yoga (the yoga founded on knowledge). A more actively inclined individual might prefer karma yoga (the yoga based on action). Easy Raja Yoga, however, is suitable for people of all personality types and interests, because it combines the essence of all the various paths.
For example, an emotional person can progress very quickly on the path of Raja Yoga because a feeling of devotion and love for the Supreme is so easily developed. Intellectuals will find the knowledge from which Raja Yoga proceeds to be endlessly fascinating, and will appreciate the rationality of this path, wherein blind faith is out of the question. Socially can be practiced while one is at work, it also causes one to be aware of the ethical and spiritual aspects of every relationship, allowing him to overcome his errors and attain perfection in action. Those who thrive for discipline will also welcome the ability Raja Yoga gives one to gain control over thought processes and behavior patterns, without having to undergo strenuous, physical or mental exercises.
Through practice of easy Raja Yoga, one can enjoy the essence of all yoga’s: peace of mind, intellectual clarity and purity, absence of worry, depression or negative tendencies, self-discipline and transformation of behavior patterns, supersensory bliss and relaxation even of unconsciously held muscle tensions. Thus, Raja Yoga subsumes within itself the fundamentals of all methods of yoga, and confers the achievements of them all naturally and easily, using one very simple method which anyone can learn.
A sample of Meditation For beginners Sit in a natural and an easy manner. Read the following words slowly, thinking deeply over the thoughts which they contain:
I withdraw my awareness from my physical organs… I become aware of my inner self- a point of light… the eternal soul… I now feel light… as the burden of physical thought diminishes… A non-material light glows in the centre of my forehead… I am the driver and my body is the car.
As my thoughts concentrate, I become light… floating … I find deep peace within… and I am filled with power… I tune my mind to a new dimension… My original home… the soul world… the land of peace and silence… the land of tranquil light… I bathe in this glow… and once again filled up with total peace and purity… My home has no limits… I fly in this expanse of light, so free of tension… I enjoy the sweet stillness. Height in my home now I am so free and light… Here in my true home-the soul world- there is another brilliant point of light… The Almighty Father is an ocean of peace, purity and power… As I come closed to this silence, I feel so still and begin to explore this depth of peace… God, my Sweetest Friend provides me with the ecstasy of unlimited warmth and love… Gently, waves of light from this sweet ocean now are passing over me… a golden glow of tender love… I become so still… I feel… I have gone to the very bottom of this ocean of serenity… I taste the very essence of real peace… Peace becomes my true nature once again…
Now slowly I become aware of the physical costume- the body, yet from within I am completely peaceful and relaxed… I will maintain this awareness even during activities… I will remain detached and light while at work… nothing can disturb me any more.
Practice meditation twice daily for about ten minutes. The early morning and evening atmosphere is most favorable.