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. The true control over our minds, as known for many thousands of years, comes when we have the power to stop all our thoughts. While we have brooms, vacuum cleaners, wipes and many other cleaning products to clean our houses, to clean the dust out of our minds we need the three brooms called Sila, Samadhi and Panna.

It is now, that our practice is developing to the point where saddha (faith), viriya (effort), sati (mindfulness), samadhi (concentration) and panna (wisdom) become firmly established. Patanjali still considers sense withdrawal (pratyahara) to be an outer limb while listing concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and absorption (samadhi) as the inner limbs.

Whichever interpretation one chooses to believe or follow, an essential component of hatha yoga is a balancing of the polarities of energy within the body (ida and pingala) as well as a purification of the mind and the body. Awesome energy and vibration of the ashram, the teachers were professional and patient, holding many years of traditionell and Kundalini Yoga experience and provided excellent classes.

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.

These are - Yama(abstention), Niyama(discipline), Asana(posture), Pranayama(breath control), Pratyahar(withdrawal), Dharana(to hold), Dhyana(meditation) and Samadhi(concentration)(II.29). This has since been called Raja Yoga or the Royal Path, a journey of techniques and lifestyle guidelines to awaken the mind to its true Self.

The original yogis would not recognize today's yoga as that which was practiced in their time. While all the above mentioned benefits are certainly desirable, most people are ignorant about the true meaning and purpose of yoga which is "the ability to control the fluctuations of the mind".

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.