Radhanath Swami explains how yoga means unity

44 Yoga means unity

What is the meaning of yoga? Yoga means unity. What is the meaning of religion? Religion comes from the Greek word religio, which means “to bind back, to be in harmony, to be in unity.” Every living being has a body, a mind and a consciousness. The consciousness is the energy emanating from the soul or the atma. So to harmonize the body, the mind and the soul is the art of yoga.

Yoga simply means to unite.To unite the body with nature is hatha–yoga. To create unity within the mind and the body is pranayama. To create unity within mind and the atma is jnana. To create unity between the soul and God is bhakti. That is the complete yoga system—unity. And in that unified condition, we can actually express the natural innate love, which we have found in our own life, in everything we do within this world.

“All of us within our own hearts have unlimited tremendous spiritual power.” – Radhanath Swami

The process of yoga, or the real, true process of religion, is not just to perform some rituals and have some social identity in which we protect ourselves from other people with a different religious or social identity. The essence of real religion or yoga is to access that incredible spiritual power and to express it in every aspect of our life. Then, with a pure heart, we can overcome many obstacles that seem impossible.

If we have unity, we can create unity. If our mind is in conflict, if our mind is not balanced with our body and with the needs of the soul, then there is a fundamental disunity in our life. When there are so many dysfunctional people who are not in harmony with their own consciousness, whose mind, body, and soul are not one in interest, in purpose, who are not unified, then there can be no real peace, there can be no real happiness, there can be no real love.

– Radhanath Swami
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  • manish

    Thanks for sharing

  • umesh

    The essence of real religion or yoga is to access that incredible spiritual power and to express it in every aspect of our life. Then, with a pure heart, we can overcome many obstacles that seem impossible.

    What an inspirationsal statement by Radhanath Swami. This clarifies the aim we, aspiring spiritualists, should have in our life…

  • manish

    Wonderfully describe the real meaning of YOGA..

  • umesh

    This is such a universal definition of “Yoga”.

  • Gokul sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful article by wonderful soul HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji..

  • Harshad

    If we have unity, we can create unity. Very nice statement to ponder upon !! Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • NSP

    I found this article from HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj quite deep. Excellent explanation of what yoga is and how we cannot be happy if we don’t harmonize the interests of body, mind and soul.

  • umesh

    This deep definition of yoga makes things so clear. thanks to Radhanath Swami for this superb article

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Just like a small seed contains a huge tree within it, similarly Radhanath Swami have defined the essence of TRUE YOGA, UNITY & PEACE in this small article. I request to him that if a sadhu like him can bless me to assimilate same & develop real UNITY within me first then my life will be successful. Thanks for posting such life changing articles.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Yoga really means connecting ourselves with God. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this great message!

  • saurabh

    The purpose of yoga is to connect to God- Great article. Thank you so much Radhanath Swami

  • Kiran Yagain

    Thank You Maharaj for the enlightening article……….!

  • Ashish Kokate

    Perfect meaning of religion. Thank you for giving us the understanding about real religion.

  • Anjan

    Unity – Very nicely explained by Radhanath swami

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Everyone seeks unity but the top most unity with Krishna being the Supreme Father. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • niranjan

    True definition of Religion…….

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Very nice article !

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Perfect and clear description by maharaj!!Thank you very much maharaj for sharing it 🙂

  • Ravi Garg

    Thanks Swamiji for disseminating these beautiful words of wisdom…..

  • Bhushan S

    Wonderful understanding of Yoga. Thank you very much…!!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank for so clearly emphasizing that the essence of real religion or yoga is to access the incredible spiritual power within us and to express it in every aspect of our life.