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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Book 2 - The Steps to Union
55. As a result of these means there follows the complete subjugation of the sense organs.

In Book I a general indication was given of the objective of Raja Yoga and of the hindrances to its practice coupled with an indication of the benefits. In Book II which we have just completed, the hindrances are specifically dealt with, the method of correcting them is indicated and then the means of yoga are taken up, five out of the eight being considered and explained. These five means, when duly followed, bring a man to the point where his lower psychic nature is being controlled, the senses are being mastered and he can begin to undertake the subjugation of the sixth sense, the mind.

The methods whereby the mind is controlled and the aspirant becomes complete master of the entire lower man are taken up in the next book. The remaining three means of yoga are explained and then the results of yoga are given in detail. Students will find it useful to note the graded and accurate method outlined in this marvellous treatise. It is valuable to note its brevity and yet its [233] concise and complete nature. It is the text book of an exact science and within its few short pages are gathered all the rules, necessary in the Aryan root-race, for the complete control of the mind, which should be the contribution of that race to the evolutionary process. [234]

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