The Eight Limbs of Yoga (DVD)

Two lectures based on the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda:

The soul does not love. It is love itself.
It does not exist. It is existence itself.
It does not know. It is knowledge itself.

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
(Available from Vedanta Press)

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The soul is no other than our innermost Self, the God within. The purpose of spiritual disciplines is to remove the obstacles that keep us from seeing this truth. These practices, called Yoga, include kindness, truthfulness and meditation.

This video is a perfect introduction to the practice of Yoga, yet offers a wealth of insights for the long-time practitioner.

As soon as all impurities have been removed by the practice of spiritual disciplines the limbs of yoga our spiritual vision opens to the light-giving knowledge of the Divine. From "How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali."

The sole purpose of spiritual disciplines is to remove the obstacles to divine sight that keep us from seeing God. The practices include non-injury of others, truthfulness, control of the prana, or vital energy, and control of the mind.

Swami Prabhavananda felt that religion is easy and simple. God is like a fruit in the hand, easy to approach. It is we who make it difficult.

One long time member remarked after viewing the video, “I was amazed how after all these years the swami’s spiritual presence shined through. This lecture is a perfect introduction for new people to the spiritual practice of Yoga, yet has a wealth of material for long-time practitioners. The talks make Vedanta seem new and fresh all over again.”


Originally filmed in 1971 on black and white videotape, these two lectures by Swami Prabhavananda have been restored as part of a comprehensive plan to preserve our historic materials. This archival footage was transferred to digital media to halt any further deterioration of picture quality.


Swami Prabhavananda was the founding head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California until his passing in 1976. His books on Indian philosophy and religion continue to inspire readers worldwide. We recommend as a companion to this video the book How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali.


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