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Rules of moral self-control in conduct .Yama is, more largely, any self-discipline by which the rajasic egoism and its passions and desires in the human being are conquered and quieted into perfect cessation. The object is to create a moral calm, a void of the passions, and so prepare for the death of egoism in the rajasic human being. [1]


A plunge into all the profundities of the soul. Union with the Divine - a union either transcendental (above the universe) or cosmic (universal) or individual or, as in our yoga, all three together.[2] [3]

Yoga is in essence the union of the soul with the immortal being and consciousness and delight of the Divine effected through the human nature with a result of development into the divine nature of being, whatever that may be, so far as we can conceive it in mind and realise it in spiritual activity. [4]

All yoga is in its nature an attempt and an arriving at unity with the Supreme. [5]


It is the supreme Godhead who manifests both containing self and its contained phenomena by the power of his spiritual consciousness. [6]

For the Purushottama within is not readily manifest to any and every being; he conceals himself in a thick cloud of darkness or a bright cloud of light, utterly he envelops and wraps himself in his Yogamaya. [7]

Yogi and Sadhaka

The Yogi is one who is already established in realisation—the sadhak is one who is getting or still trying to get realisation.

A sadhaka is one who is doing sadhana to attain union with the divine consciousness. A Yogi is one who is already living in some kind of oneness with the Divine, not in the ordinary consciousness.[8]