â€śOur main problem is to be free. It is evident then that until we realise ourselves as the Absolute, we cannot attain deliverance.
Yet there are various ways of attaining this realisation.These methods have the generic name ofYoga (to join,to join ourselves to our reality).These Yogas, though divided into various groups, can principally be classed into four [KarmaYoga,BhaktiYoga,RajaYoga and JnanaYoga],and as each is only a method leading indirectly to the realisation of the Absolute, they are suited to different temperaments. Now it must be remembered that it is not that
the assumed man becomes the real man or Absolute.There is no becoming with the Absolute. It is ever free, ever perfect, but the ignorance that has covered Its nature for a time is to be removed. Therefore,the whole scope of all systems ofYoga (and each religion represents one) is to clear up this ignorance and allow the Atman to restore its own nature.â€ť
Swami Vivekananda combines theYogas of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjaliâ€™s Yoga Sutras, with the wisdom of Indiaâ€™s rich philosophical tradition in Yoga: The Spiritual Path, a definitive guide to self-realisation.