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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Understanding Maya: Its Impact on the Mind and Spirit in Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga is a type of yoga that aims to unite the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of meditation. In Raja Yoga, it is said that during the Satya Yuga and Treta Yuga, there is no influence of Maya. Maya refers to the negative and unwanted thoughts created by the mind, which can lead to suffering and a lack of spiritual growth.

However, starting from Dwapara Yuga, when our "kalas" (or vibrational frequency) go below 12, we become more susceptible to the influence of Maya. This means that we may be more likely to experience negative thoughts and emotions that can hinder our spiritual progress.

It is important to note that not everyone will be affected by Maya during the Dwapara Yuga and Kali Yuga. For example, a person who is taking their first birth during this time may have a more elevated spiritual state and be less susceptible to Maya. Additionally, a Raja Yogi who has attained 12 kalas or more through their meditation practice will not be influenced by Maya.

Furthermore, a person who remembers God is not influenced by Maya at that moment. It is only when they forget to remember God that they may become more susceptible to the negative influence of Maya.

Overall, while it is said that Maya can be a hindrance to spiritual growth, it is not necessary that it affects every individual during this time period. Through practices such as Raja Yoga and remembering God, we can elevate our spiritual state and become less susceptible to negative thoughts and emotions that may arise due to the influence of Maya.


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