Swami Chidananda Thoughts on Yoga



All Yogas culminate in meditation, whether it is Japa Yoga, Kirtan Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana Yoga or Jnana Yoga. Ultimately, all the Angas (limbs) of these various Yogas culminate in meditation, and in and through deep meditation alone illumination is attained.

The word meditation as such may not be used, but it is deep meditation that is mentioned in the description of all Yogas.

In the nine modes of devotion, meditation does not seem to be mentioned, but Atma-nivedanam (totalself-surrender) means nothing but meditation — becoming a zero, totally losing oneself through concentrated devotion into a state of meditation.

Swami Chidananda