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An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga
In this yoga ebook are explained some general ideas of the subject of Yoga, seeking its place in nature, its own character, its object in human evolution.

The Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Beginners Guide to Yoga
Many scholars believe that yoga dates back over 5,000 years to the beginning of human civilization. Scholars believe that yoga grew out of Stone Age Shamanism, because of the cultural similarities between Modern Hinduism and Mehrgarh, a neolithic settlement (in what is now Afghanistan). In fact, much of Hindu ideas, rituals and symbols of today appear to have their roots in this shamanistic culture of Mehrgahr.

Books by John Woodroffe

Mahanirvana Tantra
A well known Tantric scripture, although it dates to the 18th Century A.D., translated by Sir John Woodroffe (‘Arthur Avalon’). As is in tantras a common practice there is a conversation between the god Shiva and goddess Shakti. The Mahanirvana Tantra describes the chakras, or subtle energy structure of the human body, ceremonies, yogic practices and mantras for meditation.

Shakti andShakta
The classic book on Shakta Tantra. Sir John Woodroffe (in this book under the pen name Arthur Avalon), was the foremost expert on Tantra of his time. His exposition of Shakta Tantras, are excellent resources for one studying the Tantra.

Swami Vivekananda Books

Raja Yoga
Swami Vivekananda’s book, Raja-Yoga, is one of the first books to explore the Raja Yoga; brilliantly written in a clear and concise manner. Although, like most books on Raja-yoga which discuss philosophies as well as practices, what is most beneficial about Vivekanada’s book is his emphasis upon the effects of Raja-Yoga.

The first part of the book explains the concept of Raja yoga. The second part is a good translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with sanskrit text and additional commentary. The sutras by themselves reveal little meaning to a beginner. But when they are commented by great people like Swami Vivekananda, they reveal a deeper and significant meaning and suddenly everything becomes clear; the perspective of life has shifted a bit and one gains more confidence.

Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti yoga is a term which denotes the spiritual practice of nurturing loving devotion to God. Traditionally there are nine forms of bhakti-yoga. Bhakti yoga is generally considered the easiest of the four general paths to liberation (moksha). As Vivekananda introduced the book: Bhakti-Yoga is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love.

Vedas books

Rig Veda translated by Griffith
Griffith’s translation of the Rig Veda. As this was one of the first translations some parts are not translated in English. For example Rig Veda RV 10.61.5-9 refers to the Prajapati story which the eminent Indologists Prof Ralph T. H. Griffith in his translation has left untranslated. He dismisses them with the following footnote:

“I pass over stanzas 5-9, which contain an ancient legend , probably the germ of the later story of Brahama or Prajapati and his daughter, concerning two deities or powers of nature, male and female. See Appendix.”
Appendix I on p. 531 has: “I subjoin a Latin version of the two stanzas omitted in my translation”.

Rig Veda in Sanskrit
Sanskrit transliterated version of Rig Veda with diacritics.

Sacred books of the East by Max Muller et al
Sacred books was a huge compilation of various oriental sacred texts. In this volume are Vedic Hymns and some Upanishads translated by Max Muller.

The Upanishads
Isa-Upanishad, Katha-Upanishad, and Kena-Upanishad translated by Swami Paramananda.

Vedanta Sutra
The classical VEDANTA-SUTRAS, with the Commentary by SANKARACHARYA, translated by GEORGE THIBAUT (479 pp). It appears that already at a very early period the Vedânta-sutras had come to be looked upon as an authoritative work, not to be neglected by any who wished to affiliate their own doctrines to the Veda. What in Sañkara’s opinion the Upanishads teach, is shortly as follows.–Whatever is, is in reality one; there truly exists only one universal being called Brahman or Paramâtman, the highest Self. This being is of an absolutely homogeneous nature; it is pure ‘Being,’ or, which comes to the same, pure intelligence or thought.

Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita translated from the Sanskrit Text by Sir Edwin Arnold. A classic work of Hindu scripture, the “Bhagavad-Gita” is the story of Prince Arjuna who is faced with a decision with serious moral consequence, the decision to go to war. With the armies arrayed on the battlefield, Arjuna in a moment of hesitation is counseled by Vishnu, the Supreme God, who takes the form of Krishna wearing the disguise of a charioteer. A classic tale of Hindu spirituality, the “Bhagavad-Gita” provides great insight into dealing with the morally ambiguous challenges that face us all.

Swami Sivananda Books

All About Hinduism
“All About Hinduism” is intended to meet the needs of those who want to be introduced to the various facets of the crystal that is Hinduism.

Amrita Gita
Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has, in his inimitable characteristic style, summarised in this small book the very essence of all religious teaching, and he has strung together a garland of very powerful Yoga-assertions that will at once elevate and inspire the reader.

Autobiography of Swami Sivananda
An honest, forthright, modest and inspiring self-narration of the world-renowned saint and sage.

Bhagavad Gita
Lord Krishna’s Immortal Song. Sanskrit transliteration and English translation of the Song. Each chapter is preceded by a short summary.

Bhagavad Gita for Busy People
An abridged edition of the Gita which contains its quintessence for the use of students, doctors, advocates and busy people.

Conquest of Anger
Highly practical methods for the control of anger.

Conquest of Fear
The causes of fear and its eradication.

Easy Steps to Yoga
These Easy Steps to Yoga are laid out with a special view to enable the novice to ascend without much difficulty the heights of spiritual attainment.

Essence of Yoga
This book was chosen for being sent to every new member of the Divine Life Society on enrolment. It is, as it were, the ‘Beginner’s Guide to Divine Life’.

God Exists
Swami Sivanandaji had brought forth interesting illustrations and illuminating logic to support his declaration, to convince even a confirmed atheist of the existence of God. They have all been brought together in this volume which is a boon to the spiritual propagandist, the teacher, and people all over the world–the believers and the non-believers.

A Great Guru And His Ideal Disciple
Inspiring letters from Swami Sivanandaji to Swami Prananvanandaji.

Guru Tattva
Is a Guru absolutely necessary? Who is a Satguru? How far can he help his Chela (disciple)? What are the duties of a disciple? What is the meaning of Initiation? Swami Sivanandaji answers all these questions in this book.

Hindu Fasts & Festivals
All Hindu festivals have a deep spiritual import or high religious significance. All great Hindu festivals have religious, social and hygienic elements in them. In this book Gurudev explains the significance and the philosophy of many of our fasts and festivals.

How to Get Vairagya (Dispassion)
A clear, concise and compact knowledge of the foremost qualification for an aspiration suited to modern-conditions, tastes and requirements.

Ideal of Married Life
Guidelines for happy household and family life.

Karmas and Diseases
Goes into detail about which actions produce which diseases as a result.

Kingly Science Kingly Secret
A detailed commentary on select verses of the Bhagavad Gita from the published writings of Swami Sivananda.

Kundalini Yoga
The theory that underlies the cosmic power has been analysed to its thinnest filaments, and practical methods have been suggested to awaken this great pristine force in individuals. It explains the theory and illustrates the practice of Kundalini Yoga.

Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus
A collection of essays and lectures on the life and message of Lord Jesus.

Light, Power and Wisdom
This small book is your pocket Guru, handy friend, invigorating tonic and soft goad.

Lord Krishna, His Lilas and Teachings
The life, the Lilas and teachings of Lord Krishna depicted in a lucid and inspiring style by a realised saint. A condensed version for the busy person without time to go through the entire tenth and eleventh chapters of the Srimad Bhagavata.

Lord Shanmukha and His Worship
Swami Sivananda graphically portrays in this book the advent of Lord Shanmukha or Karthikeya, the purpose of His incarnation and its significance, highlighting the various aspects of the Six-faced Lord, with their esoteric significance and spiritual import.

Lord Siva and His Worship
This is a most valuable and instructive book for the aspirants, particularly for the devotees of Lord Siva. It contains fifteen chapters. It is full of instructions on practical Sadhana for attaining Siva-Tattva or God-realisation. The chapters will speak for themselves.

The Master Said …
Speech delivered by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on the 26th December 1954, at Sivanandashram, Rishikesh, for the celebration of the 34th birthday of Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji.

May I Answer That?
Scores of the most-common and not-so-common questions on spiritual life and Sadhana are answered here by Swami Sivananda with a clarity and lucidity that defy description. A book for every thinking person.

Mind—Its Mysteries and Control
For gaining mastery over the mind, you have to know what it is, how it works, how it deceives you at every turn and by what methods it can be subdued. In this book, the subject has been dealt with; and the nature of the mind, the various forms that it assumes, the secret of its inner workings and the way to control it are fully and clearly explained.

Parables of Sivananda
The subtlest of spiritual truths in the form of Parables.

The Philosophy and Significance of Idol Worship
Swami Sivananda explains the philosophy behind the much misunderstood practice of the Hindus.

Philosophy of Dreams
Swami Sivananda’s inspiring and enlightened thoughts on the interesting subject of dreams.

Practical Lessons In Yoga
A practical but non-technical presentation of Yoga.

Practice of Brahmacharya
Deals with the subject of celibacy, sex and sex sublimation.
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Practice of Karma Yoga
How to spiritualize ones activities. The doctrine of Karma and Reincarnation is also covered.

Radha’s Prem
On the path of Bhakti Yoga for God-realisation.

Satsanga and Svadhyaya
The glory, the importance and the life-transforming power of holy company and spiritual books.

The Science of Pranayama
Pranayama is an important limb in the Yoga of meditation. It is equally necessary for all in their daily life, for good health, success and prosperity in every walk of life. How it is so, is explained in these pages.

These are the lessons of love, peace and unity. My philosophy and teachings are not for the chosen few, the cultured and the wealthy alone. I am a friend of the poor, the outcaste, the sick, the oppressed, the forlorn, the guilty but penitent transgressor.

Sixty-Three Nayanar Saints
Apart from the biographies of the Sixty-three nayanar Saints, this book contains an authoritative article on the Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy, the life of Saint Manicckavasagar, selections from the utterances of Nayanar saints, and articles on Glory of Lord Siva, and Puja and Ishta Devata.

Temples in India
Contains brief descriptions of the prominent places of pilgrimage in India, their location and the important spiritual legends that are connected with them.

Thought Power

A book of perennial interest and many-sided usefulness for self-culture, self-knowledge, acquisition of the power of personality and success in life.

Thus Awakens Swami Sivananda
A pocket-treasure, every sentence of which charges the reader with a wave of spiritual exhilaration, giving him a flash of divine awakening, however momentary it might be.

Thus Spake Sivananda
Swamiji clearly explains the defects of material life and earnestly calls us from the bottom of his heart to lead a spiritual life.

Vedanta for Beginners
The under-pinning of Indian philosophy shorn of abstruse jargon and written in simple, lucid style. A great book for beginners as well as a handy reference for one and all.

What Becomes of the Soul After Death
All you wanted to know about death and the life beyond.

Yoga in Daily Life
This is a book with a message of hope, success in life, of peace, of bliss and of the secret of life itself.

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