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Rajayoga                                         that by tranquillising the mind he can tranquillise the body, by

                                The fi rst condition                                                     This is the great secret of the Rajayoga that mind is the master
                                   Man fulfi lling himself in the body is given Hathayoga as his
                                means. When he rises above the body, he abandons Hathayoga
                                as a troublesome and inferior process and rises to the Rajayoga,
                                the discipline peculiar to the aeon in which man now evolves. The
                                fi rst condition of success in Rajayoga is to rise superior to the
                                dehatmak bodh, the state of perception in which the body is identi-
                                fi ed with the self. A time comes to the Rajayogin when his body
                                seems not to belong to him or he to have any concern with it. He
                                is not troubled by its troubles or gladdened by its pleasures; it has
                                them to itself and very soon, because he does not give his sanc-        four large utilities. It does not start with Asana and Pranayama,
                                tion to them, they fall away from it. His own troubles and plea-
                                sures are in the heart and mind, for he is the rajasic and psychical
                                man, not the tamasic material. It is these that he has to conquer
                                in order that he may realise God in his heart or in his buddhi or in
                                both. God seen in the heart, that is the quest of the Rajayogin.
                                                                                CWSA 1: 507             yamas

                                Tranquilising the mind                                                  from theft etc.; but in reality these must be regarded as merely
                                   Now Pranayam in its proper sense, the mastery of the vital
                                force in oneself and Nature, is essential to every Rajayogin, but it
                                can be brought about by much simpler methods. The only physi-
                                cal process that the Rajayogin fi nds helpful enough to be worth
                                doing, is nadishuddhi or purifi cation of the nerve system by regular    to create a moral calm, a void of the passions, and so prepare for
                                breathing and this can be done while lying, sitting, reading, writ-     the death of egoism in the rajasic human being. The
                                ing, walking. This process has great virtues. It has a wonderfully
                                calming eff ect on the whole mind & body, drives out every lurking
                                disease in the system, awakens the yogic force accumulated in
                                former lives and, even where no such latent force exists, removes
                                the physical obstacles to the wakening of the Kundalini shakti.         founded.
                                   But even this process is not essential. The Rajayogin knows

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