LOGICAL THOUGHT – CAUSE AND EFFECT

The process of human thought can seem very complex. However, there is some comfort in one line of thinking that is known as logic or reasoning. Compared with those that aim to analyse thought as physiologists seek to explore the physical body processes, our basic interest may appear simple.

It is based upon the fact that reason represents sanity or right thinking. This is supported by our innate common sense as upon the aim or direction of our thought or studies. The other consideration is that we understand the fundamental natural law of Cause and Effect, knowing
that our conscious thought provides the motivation or initial cause and will be followed by subsequent effects.

Logical thinking builds up edifices of understanding and allows us to reach conclusions. These certainties may be temporary, being incomplete as far as our aspirations go and will therefore soon require our voluntary review, or become established as longer lasting concepts that support our chosen philosophy about life. In either case we arrive at certain points that allow us confidence enough to acquire knowledge and guide us in our decision making, knowing that thinking violent or negative thoughts will soon have the effect of making us feel depressed just as happy thoughts cause us to feel free or joyful.

What thoughts we choose to hold in our minds, what thoughts we choose to entertain or consider, what thoughts we reject and what ones we build upon are up to us and will produce effect in our lives, circumstances and relationships accordingly. Experience teaches us of the reality that
as every action has a reaction, every thought creates a reaction and every feeling generates a response.

Then we are prepared to work with and to trust the law of Cause and Effect, known by many as the law of Karma, both in our personal life and in its universal application so that we may acquire a confidence in Life itself.

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RAJA YOGA – Simplifies Psychology

It is important for the human psyche to have a concept or perceptions of our origin and our ultimate life destination. This motivates the study of psychology.

What is missing in the more material purposes of western psychology, are the components of the soul and spirit of a human being. Yet the spiritual life purpose is as important as a material one. It is a Truth to be sought and remains one of the main focal points for Vedic scholars and philosophers as for the genuine seeker for understanding of human being.

Although Indian scholars of Vedic lore will be capable of more profound discussions of psychology and analyses of human nature, most of us wish to use the tenets of Raja Yoga philosophy and teachings to help us towards the spiritual goal by relying upon the three simplest definitions of the psyche as an adjunct to what is already known to us through western psychology.

Consideration of these components serves to guide us through the labyrinth of information about the human mind and personality to illumine a clear path towards a higher destination. This spiritual path or Marga is known and highly regarded as that of kingly purpose in discovering life’s truth, hence its name Raja Yoga. However, it is a royal status that must be earned.

There are many successful exponents of Hatha Yoga who have achieved good health and balanced nature through the practices concentrating upon the body. Those who by nature have directed a strong stream of emotional development towards devotion rather than self satisfaction have succeeded in the spirit of Bhakti no matter what religious ideas they use to channel their full devotional energy – or if they follow no formal spiritual system at all. Those who explore the realities of human nature and are motivated by a search for truth are practising Raja Yoga and will find much to discover.

The simple tenets of Raja Yoga direct us to learn all we can of the three clear spheres and functions of human intelligence. They have been similarly identified by wise philosophers and leaders of mankind throughout the ages. Recognition followed by study of these three aspects of ourselves allows us in time, to integrate them.

Personality – consisting of the body and brain, emotions, and thoughts

Soul – the inhabiting intelligence, wisdom or sum-total of life experience

Spirit – the spark of life that links us with the Divine light, power and energy that has created and animates all living forms – and has entrusted us with the gift of life and free will.

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Raja Yoga – The Royal Path

A talk delivered by renowned philosopher and teacher of Raja Yoga, Gerrit Janssen at the Naturopathic Convention 1967 Sydney NSW

I have been asked to say a few things about the training of the mind or Raja Yoga. It is known as the Royal Path because for its noble purpose in seeking to develop human excellence and apply self control in the most difficult area of self discipline- the personality.

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Yoga and the Mind – Raja Yoga

Yoga is well known to involve personal undertakings regarding self culture of body, emotions and mind. In concert these represents our whole outer personality. The purpose aims at excellence – a concept determined by the individual’s perception of the ideal.

Once we understand and can govern the personality we are better able to demonstrate the deeper expressions of our soul. As we further aspire to spiritual understanding we open our consciousness to the limitless spheres beyond – the Universal Consciousness or God.

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The Mind at Peace

When the mind is peaceful there is no room for negative thoughts.

Depression melts away when our mental waves and restless thought is stilled.

We learn to take pleasure in making no conscious effort.

We find that we enjoy periods of just Being.

And find that it is Good.

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Yogic Lifestyle – Adjusting Thought and Action

To lead the instinctive life of the animal would be to live in the true innocence of what is referred to in the story before the Fall of Man.

It would seem that with the gift of free will and spiritual intelligence come the trials, difficulties, queries, disturbances and the responsibilities of human life. We are banished from the purely instinctive life experienced by other creatures, to become an adventurer along a seemingly endless pathway of human experience as we develop our intelligence and seek to understand life. We are inspired to cultivate the refinement that comes to advancing human nature as we aspire to know our Creator and in turn become creative.

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Yoga – Practice of Relaxation

Yama, the first stage in Ashtanga Yoga, represents the end of the old ways and the first positive stage in the practice of self discipline by the elimination of bad habits relating both to health and character. The practices are to clear the way and demand the application of physical methods for inner body hygiene as well as the eradication of any layers of emotional and mental stress that may inhibit one’s progress to health and happiness.

For eliminating stress we have the practice of relaxation which releases strain from the whole psyche. There are many and various methods used in teaching relaxation but in Yoga, traditional preparation for practising what is known as Yoga Nidra remains constant.

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Raja Yoga Helps the Mind

Raja Yoga assists us in all these areas offering a sound system of self culture of our mind.

To improve and maintain our mental health we need to follow the natural principles that we keenly observe in relation to physical health. They equally apply to our whole psychological nature.

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Ashtanga Yoga – From Valley to The Mountain Top

The Yamas/Niyamas represent the basic ethical commencement of Yoga – where we begin our symbolic climb from the lowest levels to the summit of human excellence.

From here, we begin to follow the further 6 classical steps of the eight-fold method established by Patanjali.

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Ashtanga Yoga

Raja Yoga is the royal Yoga explaining higher development and discovery of our hidden powers resulting in complete inner harmony, concentration and meditation.

The eight-fold Path of Patanjali’s is a strong basis for one’s commencement of study and is common to all yoga margas or paths. Known as Ashtanga Yoga this 8-fold teaching has 7 stages of disciplines requiring effort from the individual. The eighth stage is known as Samadhi and is the result of spiritual grace following personal effort and aspiration towards God.  It is the reward of personal discipline and intensity of aspiration and devotion but it is also a mysterious factor beyond our conscious control that results in our spiritual enlightenment and with it, a state of ineffable bliss.

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