Synthesis of Yoga in The Veda

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    Process and Methods of the Vedic Yoga

    Is it possible to arrive at some precision in regard to the actual processes and methods of yoga, particularly when the Vedic texts are voluminous and also because ritualism of Vedic religion and esoteric knowledge of the psychological principles and methods of yogic realizations are intertwined in the language in which the Vedic texts are composed? Fortunately, Sri Aurobindo has written two great books, 'The Secret of the Veda’ and 'Hymns to the Mystic Fire’, which have developed the psychological theory based on the data available in the Vedic texts themselves, and a study of these works can help us in delineating the yogic system of the Veda. Even then, the subject is vast, and any attempt to present a summary is bound to do injustice to the wideness, depth and loftiness of the system of yoga that can be discerned in the Vedic texts. And yet a brief statement could be useful and may serve the limited purpose that we have in view.

    Significance of Agni as the First Step

    Among the four Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda), Rig Veda is preeminent. In this Veda, the largest number of hymns are addressed and related to Agni, the mystic fire. This fact is significant, and it provides the central key to the treasure of the Vedic system of yoga." Agni, like many other Vedic terms, has many meanings. It means fire; it means aspiration, force of consciousness and

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