The Perfection of Yoga


Can one practice yoga perfectly?There have been many yoga systems popularized in world but none of them have actually taught perfection of yoga. Krishna In Bhagavad-gita, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, teaches Arjuna directly the perfection of yoga.


The Perfection of Yoga:

What does it mean to practice yoga perfectly? Is it possible today? Find out.
There have been many yoga systems popularized in the Western world, especially in this century, but none of them have actually taught the perfection of yoga. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, teaches Arjuna directly the perfection of yoga. It is certainly remarkable that the perfection of yoga was taught in the middle of a battlefield.

Perfection of Yoga addresses many common misconceptions about the purpose and goal of the yoga system. One of the most popular introductory books on the science and practice of Krishna consciousness, Perfection of Yoga was originally presented before a live audience as a lecture on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad-gita by Srila Prabhupada in September of 1966 in New York City.

As yoga grows in popularity, there is a growing need for clear, authoritative information about yoga’s origins and deeper meanings. Krishna, the speaker of the Gita, tells his disciple Arjuna that the whole point of yoga is to make the body and mind as peaceful as possible so that one can meditate on Paramatma or supersoul, the aspect of the Supreme Person dwelling within us all.

A self-realized yogi can control the mind. The successful yogi’s mind does not control him. A true yogi experiences real happiness. In transcendental happiness, the senses are engaged in the service Krishna. That is the way to bringing the senses under full control. This is the highest perfection of yoga practice.

Table of Contents of The Perfection of Yoga:

              • PoY 1: Yoga as Rejected by Arjuna

              • PoY 2: Yoga as Work in Devotion

              • PoY 3: Yoga as Meditation on Krsna

              • PoY 4: Yoga as Body and Mind Control

              • PoY 5: Yoga as Freedom from Duality and Designation

              • PoY 6: The Fate of the Unsuccessful Yogi

              • PoY 7: Yoga as Reestablishing Relations with Krsna

              • PoY 8: The Perfection of Yoga


It is a fact, therefore, that in the progress of the living entity toward the perfection of yoga, birth in a family of yogīs or devotees is a great boon, for such a birth gives one special impetus.

“But when the yogī engages himself with sincere endeavor in making further progress, being washed of all contaminations, then ultimately, after many, many births of practice, he attains the supreme goal.” (Bg. 6.45) When one is finally freed from all contaminations, he attains the supreme perfection of the yoga system—Krishna consciousness. Absorption in Krishna is the perfect stage.

“After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.” (Bg. 7.19) Thus after many lifetimes of executing pious activities, when one becomes freed from all contaminations arising from illusory dualities, he engages in the transcendental service of the Lord.

“And of all yogīs, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.” (Bg. 6.47)

It therefore follows that the culmination of all yogas lies in bhakti yoga, the rendering of devotional service unto Krishna. Actually, all of the yogas delineated in Bhagavad gītā end on this note, for Krishna is the ultimate destination of all the yoga systems. from the beginning of karma yoga to the end of bhakti yoga is a long way to self realization. Karma yoga, without fruitive results, is the beginning of this path. When karma yoga increases in knowledge and renunciation, the stage is called jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge.

When jñāna yoga increases in meditation on the Supersoul by different physical processes, and the mind is on Him, it is called astanga yoga. And, when one surpasses astanga yoga and comes to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, that is called bhakti yoga, the culmination. factually, bhakti yoga is the ultimate goal, but to analyze bhakti yoga minutely one has to understand the other processes. The yogī who is progressive is therefore on the true path to eternal good fortune.

One who sticks to a particular point and does not make further progress is called by that particular name—karma yogī, jñāna yogī, dhyāna yogī, rāja yogī, haṭha yogī, etc.—but if one is fortunate enough to come to the point of bhakti yoga, Krishna consciousness, it is to be understood that he has surpassed all the other yoga systems.

Krishna consciousness is the last link in the yogic chain, the link that binds us to the Supreme Person, Lord Śrī Krishna. Without this final link, the chain is practically useless. Those who are truly interested in the perfection of the yoga process should immediately take to Krishna consciousness by chanting Hare Krishna, understanding Bhagavad gītā, and rendering service to Krishna through this society for Krishna consciousness and thereby surpass all other systems and attain the ultimate goal of all yoga— love of Krishna.


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