We know there is a sequence in raja yoga, the eight stages that are Yama, Niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, Dharana, dhyana leading up to the last stage, samadhi. This illustrates that the principles, truths and practices of yoga are universal and can be discovered by yogis independently of each other. Though with consistent and faithful yoga practice the limbs will eventually unfold themselves, pratyahara is so essential to our yogic development that it is deserving of more attention and practice than it typically is given.

According to Patanjali, insight as well as the intellect (buddhi) comes from a native source-less wisdom of the universal infinite mind and that is the ever available clear light inhabiting behind the awareness also called as the param purusha. When the Sattvic ego only remains during deep meditation, is called Asmita Samadhi.

The system of Raja yoga is derived from the teachings of Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras which were written between 100 and 300 A.D. Some may also refer to this system of yoga has Ashtanga Yoga, however Raja yoga has been the traditional terminology used for the practice of yoga guided by Ptanjali's Yoga Sutras and some distinctions separate the two from one another.

In this article Brahman we will be reviewing the more mainstream practices of yoga which are derived from the tradition of yogic spirituality. Many people who practice yoga view it as being a great way to improve their health or enhance the function of their minds. After having attained jhana, when retreating from one-pointed-ness, the mind re-enters upacara-samadhi Then we need to take up contemplation of the body.

This fourth state of consciousness which they call Transcendental Consciousness, can be experienced through the practiced of Transcendental Meditation. I did not know that my experience of Samadhi is real or mere perception in mind. Here, we are primarily concerned with the traditional system of Raja yoga which has been practiced in India since the origins of the Sutras.