A New Book edited by Ravi Logan
In the yogic system, the observances and avoidances of yama and niyama are given to create a foundation for spiritual life. They must be practiced of one is to attain the sweet and subtle states of consciousness that can be achieved through meditation. Otherwise, the mind is not prepared for these subtle influences of supreme love. Yama and niyama are not to be regarded merely as an approach to living an ethical life but as an integral aspect of spiritual development. This book provides an explanation of the inner intent of each principle. Distortions which have arisen in their meaning are clarified. Also, the underlying unity found in the practice of yama and niyama is explained. This book outlines the principles as different aspects of an integrated approach to life based on compassion and reverence.