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Traditional meaning of the word "Yoga"

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From: http://www.swamij.com/yoga-note.htm TRADITIONAL MEANING OF THE WORD YOGA Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati Throughout the SwamiJ.com website the word Yoga is
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      TRADITIONAL MEANING OF THE WORD "YOGA"
      Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

      Throughout the SwamiJ.com website the word "Yoga" is used in its
      traditional meaning, rather than the revisionist meaning of Yoga as a
      physical fitness program.

      Traditionally, Yoga (Sanskrit: union) has referred to the realization
      through direct experience of the preexisting union between Atman and
      Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the
      realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti. Yoga
      is the realization of union between the microcosm of individuality
      with the macrocosm of universality.

      Yoga is the union of
      Microcosm of individuality
      and
      Macrocosm of universality

      Yoga is the union of
      Atman: Center of consciousness, Self (Vedanta)
      and
      Brahman: Absolute reality (Vedanta)

      Yoga is the union of
      Jivatman: Soul as traits plus consciousness (Vedanta)
      and
      Paramatman: Self/soul as only consciousness (Vedanta)

      Yoga is the union of
      Shiva: Static, latent, unchanging, masculine (Tantra)
      and
      Shakti: Active, manifesting, changing, feminine (Tantra)

      Yoga is the disunion of
      Purusha: Untainted consciousness (Sankyha-Yoga)
      and
      Prakriti: Primordial, unmanifest matter (Sankyha-Yoga)

      FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THESE ARTICLES:

      Modern Yoga versus Traditional Yoga
      http://www.swamij.com/traditional-yoga.htm

      Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-vedanta-tantra.htm

      Atman
      http://www.swamij.com/koshas.htm

      Shiva and Shakti (including Kundalini)
      http://www.swamij.com/shakti.htm

      Purusha and Prakriti
      http://www.swamij.com/prakriti-purusha-sankhya.htm

      RELATED VIDEOS:

      Om Mantra and Mandukya Upanishad
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNruveUaeRg

      Non-Dualism (Advaita) in Yoga Vedanta Meditation
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn5DLp8y3tg

      Wisdom to Live By
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f77QGujFcKg
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