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Authentic yoga brings about everything spontaneously from deep within, from the Self. The Nath Yogi tradition says that the contemplation of the mantra Soham is the contemplation of our own true nature. It is the knowledge of our own Self. 

The best aspect of all this is that everything happens naturally and spontaneously at just the right time, simply through the breath joined to mantra. When the breath and the mantra are perfectly merged it is the major force of inner transformation-transmutation. The mantric breath is the inner secret of the yogi.
Soham was first perceived by the ancient yogis of prehistory and are not the exclusive property of any religion or philosophy. It is not a sectarian mantra; it belongs to all without distinction or exclusion. Nor was it invented by those primal sages. Rather, it is swayambhu: self-begotten, self-existent and self-sufficient.
It arises spontaneously within, from the Self. It does not have to be artificially implanted or empowered in us by any kind of initiation.It does not have to be artificially implanted or empowered in us by any kind of initiation. It is going on in every one of us, but as long as we are outward-turned we do not become aware of that. It is only during meditation, when we enter into our own depths, that we become aware of that which has always been active within us.
The repetition and meditation of joining Soham to the breath (see Soham Yoga) is specifically the tradition of the original yogis, the Nath Yogis of India. Jesus himself lived and studied in India and was a member of the Nath Yogi Order. (See The Christ of India.)
“This is the bridge to immortality.… May you be successful in crossing over to the farther shore beyond darkness” (Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.5-6).

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Articles on Soham Yoga

What is Yoga?

With all that is called “yoga” nowadays, it is hard to winnow the wheat from the chaff.

Read this article in which Abbot George clarifies what real yoga is both as a philosophy and as a liberating practice.

Dwelling in the Mirror

A Study of Illusions Produced by Delusive Meditation and How to Be Free from Them

from the introduction by Abbot George Burke:
“Over and over people have mistaken trivial and pathological conditions for enlightenment, written books, given seminars and gained a devoted following. Yet there are those who can have an experience and realize that it really cannot be real, but a vagary of their mind. Some may not understand that on their own, but can be shown by others the truth about it. For them and those that may one day be in danger of meditation-produced delusions I have written this brief study.” Read this valuable article.

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Foundations of Yoga

The basis of all Yoga practice are the “Ten Commandments of Yoga”–the principles of Yama and Niyama outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This booklet considers the various aspects of each principle as well as the spiritual power which is developed through each one. By Abbot George Burke.

Read this essential booklet.

How to Be a Yogi

This is not a book about the technique of Yoga, but about that without which the successful practice of yoga is impossible: the Yoga Life. Yoga is not just a practice or a philosophy; it is an entire way of life. Without this understanding and without commitment to the Yoga Life there is simply no need to give yoga a second thought. And by yoga is meant the quest for liberation of the spirit, for Yoga is an eternal science intended to reveal and manifest the Eternal. By Abbot George Burke. Read now.

A Yogi and a Philosopher 

This article is Akshay Kumar Bannrjea’s introduction to the Philosophy of Gorakhnath. It compares the viewpoint Yogi with the philosopher. A Philosopher advances in the path of rational logic, a Yogi advances in the path of moral and psychical self-discipline. Discover more by reading this fascinating analysis.


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Brahmacharya: The Benefit of Control and Continence

 Brahmacharya has a twofold nature: control and continence. An understanding of these aspects of brahmacharya is essential for the aspiring yogi. Read these articles to learn about how to maintain brahmacharya, its benefits, and its vital importance.

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