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  1. PoP Introduction

    Introduction When we see a book with a title like The Path of Perfection, we may react with a bit of common skepticism: "Oh, another book claiming to give all the answers. One more do-it-yourself enlightenment scheme." And certainl ...

  2. PoP 1: Yoga as Action

    In the Sixth and Eighth Chapters of Bhagavad-gītā, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, explains that the eightfold yoga system is a means to control the mind and senses. This method, however, is very difficult for people to ...

  3. PoP 2: Mastering the Mind and Senses

    yaṁ sannyāsam iti prāhur yogaṁ taṁ viddhi pāṇḍava na hy asannyasta-saṅkalpo yogī bhavati kaścana "What is called renunciation is the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme, for no one can become a yogī unless he renoun ...

  4. PoP 3: Learning How to See God

    bandhur ātmātmanas tasya yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ anātmanas tu śatrutve vartetātmaiva śatru-vat "For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest en ...

  5. PoP 4: Moderation in Yoga

    In this Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā, the system of sāṅkhya-yoga, which is the meditational aṣṭāṅga-yoga system, is emphasized. Jñāna-yoga emphasizes the philosophical process of analysis by which we determine what is Brahman and ...

  6. PoP 5: Determination and Steadiness in Yoga

    yathā dīpo nivāta-stho neṅgate sopamā smṛtā yogino yata-cittasya yuñjato yogam ātmanaḥ "As a lamp in a windless place does not waver, so the transcendentalist, whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his meditation on the tra ...

  7. PoP 6: Perception of the Supersoul

    praśānta-manasaṁ hy enaṁ yoginaṁ sukham uttamam upaiti śānta-rajasaṁ brahma-bhūtam akalmaṣam "The yogī whose mind is fixed on Me verily attains the highest happiness. By virtue of his identity with Brahman, he is liberated; his mind ...

  8. PoP 7: Yoga for the Modern Age

    arjuna uvāca yo 'yaṁ yogas tvayā proktaḥ sāmyena madhusūdana etasyāhaṁ na paśyāmi cañcalatvāt sthitiṁ sthirām "Arjuna said: O Madhusūdana, the system of yoga which You have summarized appears impractical and unendurable to me, ...

  9. PoP 8: Failure and Success in Yoga

    Suppose I give up my business, my ordinary occupation, and begin to practice yoga, real yoga, as explained herein by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Suppose I practice, and somehow or other I fail; I cannot properly complete the process. What, then, is the ...

  10. PoP 9: Destination After Death

    sarva-dvārāṇi saṁyamya mano hṛdi nirudhya ca mūrdhny ādhāyātmanaḥ prāṇam āsthito yoga-dhāraṇām "The yogic situation is that of detachment from all sensual engagements. Closing all the doors of the senses and fixing the mind on the heart ...