|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 410 ]
As one of the shat darshanas, the six schools of Indian philosophy, yoga is a science which has succeeded in penetrating the depth of the human consciousness and recognizing its place within the Universal reality. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani says of the science of yoga:
"The very basic laws of the mind have been seen and charted, the source of misery and woe has been discovered, and most important of all, a way has been found by these ancient Seers, a way out of the darkness."
The scope of the psychology of yoga is not limited, then, to the sensory, materialistic, emotional experiences of mankind. Because its premise is based upon the foundation of Universal, underlying Truths, it sees mankind not merely in its transient, earthly form, but in its cosmic, Universal nature. It understands man in the context of his place within the infinite cosmos, and hence provides the necessary tool by which to harmonize one’s material, earthly Self (microcosm), with one's eternal, Universal Nature (macrocosm).
Only the establishment of yoga (harmony, Oneness) within the human psyche -- a balanced and conscious mental equilibrium -- will reveal health, happiness, peace and prosperity. This is the goal of yoga, and this is the profoundness and power of the yoga psychology.
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