A doubt regarding Raja Yoga – yoga bhrastha

The Raja Yoga path is quite complex and new (vs. Karma Yoga) It may take quite long time to reach the final goal of conquering the “acceptance” and “rejection” of mind. (or winning over the duality of mind to get established in the natural samadhi without vikalpas!)

After initiation in the path before attaining the final goal of Raja Yoga if one falls off from the path due to delusion or some other failure (like death of physical body) won’t he get ruined?

What is the future of such a YOGA BHRASTHA? (fallen from the path of yoga before attaining its goal)?

Arjuna requests the answer for the above question in three verses 6-37,38,39 to Lord Sri Krishna.

कच्चिन्नोभयविभ्रष्टश्छिन्नाभ्रमिव नश्यति।
अप्रतिष्ठो महाबाहो विमूढो ब्रह्मणः पथि।।6.38।।
6.38 Mahabaho, O Mighty-armed one; ubhaya-vibhrastah, fallen from both, having fallen from the Path of Action and the Path of Yoga; apratisthah, without support; vimudhah, deluded-having become deluded; brahmanah pathi, on the path of Brahman, on the path leading to Brahman; kaccit na, does he not; nasyati, get ruined; iva, like; a chinna-abhram, scattered cloud? Or is it that he does not?

Instruction 15:
श्री भगवानुवाच
पार्थ नैवेह नामुत्र विनाशस्तस्य विद्यते।
नहि कल्याणकृत्कश्चिद्दुर्गतिं तात गच्छति।।6.40।।
śrī bhagavānuvāca
pārtha naivēha nāmutra vināśastasya vidyatē.
nahi kalyāṇakṛtkaściddurgatiṅ tāta gacchati..6.40..

The Blessed Lord said — O Arjuna, neither in this world, nor in the next world is there destruction for him; none, verily, who does good, O My son, ever comes to grief.

The answer actually concludes the Sixth chapter between 6-40 till 6-47.
Anyone interested can go through the detailed answer of Lord Krishna for this above question.

But one thing is sure. There is no ruin for a YOGI.

No effort put in RAJA YOGA ever goes waste. We have seen the concluding verse 6-47 in the last post. Every small effort put in the practice of Raja Yoga will lead progressively to the goal; finally taking the YOGI to highest natural equanimity (nirvikalpa, nirbija, sahaja, samadhi) and helps the YOGI reveal/realize/merge in his own true nature.

om tat sat

3 Responses to “A doubt regarding Raja Yoga – yoga bhrastha”

  1. Santosh Bhalke Says:

    No effort put in RajaYoga ever goes waste.

  2. Santosh Bhalke Says:

    The above is very nice sir!

  3. Saddam Says:

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