William F. Sands: Maharishi’s Yoga

The Royal Path to Enlightenment

Maharishi University of Management Press, 2013

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SandsTo many, Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, practiced for its health benefits. But Yoga is more than exercise, and its benefits go far beyond health.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has provided a unique and fresh understanding of the ancient science of Yoga, restoring its deepest significance. He has shown that the true purpose of Yoga is to elevate life to its highest potential – enlightenment.

Maharishi’s approach is rich in both theory and practice. It includes the Transcendental Meditation program, which allows anyone to dive deep within and explore the infinite ocean of bliss that is the birthright of us all. Here is the key to inner peace, stress and anxiety relief, happiness, wellness, success, and – ultimately – the realization of our full potential in the state of enlightenment.

This easy-to-read and far-reaching book explores Maharishi’s teaching on Yoga philosophy from several perspectives, including its profound practical benefits for individuals and societies, while also considering traditional areas of Yoga philosophy, such as siddhi performance, Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and the fulfillment of the four traditional goals of human life: dharma, artha, kama, and moksha.

Those familiar with Maharishi’s teachings will be delighted at the depth and scope of Maharishi’s lectures on Yoga that Dr. Sands has distilled into this manual for perfection in life. Anyone familiar with Yoga will enjoy the systematic, logical examination of Maharishi’s Yoga and its powerful conclusion: that the goals of Yoga – from inner peace to full enlightenment – can be effortlessly achieved.

“William Sands’ new book on Yoga is a wonderful and clear presentation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s revival of Yoga philosophy. Maharishi brought Yoga out of the world of mysticism and speculative philosophy, and created a scientifically verified program for unfolding the total potential of human life, life in enlightenment. Maharishi’s brilliant insights make Dr. Sands’ book a must-read for anyone interested in Yoga.”  Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., author of The Physiology of Consciousness and The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment

“Every yoga practitioner should read this book. It is an excellent source for the beginner and the more advanced student providing an extensive and comprehensive vision of the great system of Yoga both from a modern and ancient perspective. I heartily recommend it.”  Prudence F. Bruns, Ph.D. in South Asian Studies (Sanskrit) Founder, Dear Prudence Foundation

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