Yoga means to “unite” or “join” the aspects of ourselves which were never really divided in the first place. It also means to “yoke” or to engage ourselves in a self-training program. Yoga means working with each of the levels or aspects of our being individually, and then unifying all of those into their original whole, or Yoga. Yoga is a Sanskrit word coming from the root “yuj” and relates to both the processes or practices referred to as Yoga and also the goal itself, which is also called Yoga. As the goal, the word Yoga is virtually one and the same with the word Samadhi, the deep, transcendent realization of the highest truth or reality.
Yoga Each Level is Trained:
Each of the aspects of our being is individually trained,
balanced or purified by doing the Yoga practices
relating to that level:
Awareness then Recedes to the State of Yoga:
Yoga or “Union” itself is then attained by systematically
receding inward through those levels,
so as to experience the state of Yoga:
The Goal of Yoga: The goal of Yoga is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.
Terms for the Goal of Yoga: The goal or destination of Yoga is Yoga itself, union itself, of the little self and the True Self, a process of awakening to the preexisting union that is called Yoga. Yoga has to do with the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti. Each of these Sanskrit terms relates to the subtleties of Yoga as described in the various paths of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra.