An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Vivekananda on Raja Yoga – Prana and Universal Force

This is Vivekananda on Raja Yoga… the interesting thing it brings about is the linkage of motion and gravitation. The latest scientific thought on Gravitation also connects it to Intertia (quantum cousin of Newton’s inertia though). I have not fully understood that piece but I will bring it for you… in a post soon enough!!

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According to the philosophers of India, the whole Universe is composed of two materials, one of which is Akasha. It is the omnipresent, all-penetrating existence. Everything that has form, everythig that is the result of combination, is evolved out of this Akasha. It is the Akasha that becomes the air, that becomes the liquids, that becomes the solids; it is the Aksha that becomes the sun, the earth, the moon, the stars, the comets; it is the Akasha that becomes the human body, the animal body, the plants, every form that we see, eevrything that can be sensed, everything that exists. It cannot be perceived; it is so subtle that it is beyond all ordinary perception; it can only be seen when it has become gross, has taken form. At the end of the cycle the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into Akasha again, and the next creation similarly proceeds out of this Akasha.

By that what power is this Akasha manufactured into this universe? By the power of Prana. Just as Aksha is the infinite, omnipresent material of this universe, so is this Prana the infinite, omnipresent manifesting power of this universe. AT the beginning and at the end of the cycle eevrything becomes Akasha, and all forces that are in the universe resolve back into the Prana; and in the next cycle, out of this Prana is evolved everything that we call energy, everything that we call force. It is the Prana that is manifesting as motion; it is the Prana that is manifesting as gravitation, as magnitism. It is the Prana that is manifesting as the actions of the body, as the nerve currents, as thoughts force. From the thought down to the lowest force, everything is but the manifestation of Prana. The sum total of all forces in the universe, mental or physical, when resolves back to their original state, is called Prana. “WHen there was neither aught nor naught, when darkness was covering darkness, what existed then? That Aksha existed without motion.” The physical motion of the Prana was stopped, but it existed all the same.

– The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
Published by Advaita Ashram, Kolkatta

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