Copublished with the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York

Four Yogas: A Guide to the Spiritual Paths of Action, Devotion, Meditation and Knowledge

An accessible and comprehensive guide to the message and practice of each of the four Yogas as well as philosophy and psychology, preparatory practices, common obstacles and ways to overcome them as you seek to realize the goal of Self-knowledge.

Swami Adiswarananda

6 x 9, 320 pp | 978-1-59473-223-2

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Choose the Yoga path that best suits you, and you choose the way to know God.

The philosophy of Yoga tells us that the root cause of our sorrows and suffering is loss of contact with our true Self. Our recovery is only possible by reestablishing contact with our innermost Self, the Reality of all realities, and by recognizing that knowledge of Self is our salvation.

In this comprehensive guide, Swami Adiswarananda introduces the four spiritual paths of Yoga—Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Raja-Yoga and Jnana-Yoga—and what you can expect as an aspirant on each path. Covering the message and practice of each of the Yogas as well as philosophy and psychology, preparatory practices, common obstacles and ways to overcome them, this accessible book will prove invaluable to anyone wishing to follow a Yoga practice in order to realize the goal of Self-knowledge.

“A masterful presentation on how to live an authentic spiritual life.... Readable ... will inspire beginning aspirants and those who have been traversing the spiritual path for a lifetime.... Extremely effective.”


“Unique.... Marked by a rare clarity, simplicity, and lucidity.”

Prabuddha Bharata (India)

“The clearest, most user-friendly and most practical exposition of Hinduism’s four spiritual paths that I have ever read. Profound and exceptionally articulate … leads the reader, step by step.”

Nathan Katz, professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality, Florida International University, Miami

“Unpacks with clarity the spiritual systems of Yoga.... A good reference for students of Eastern spirituality.”

Publishers Weekly

“A precious spiritual transmission with the power to help you live a more conscious, fulfilled life. With clarity and precision … makes ancient yogic principles thoroughly accessible for modern times. A gift to the world.”

Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of A Woman’s Journey to God and Seven Paths to God

“Fascinating [and] lucid.”

Vedanta Kesari (India)

“Approachable and compelling … dispels many myths about the Yogic way…. Combines the keen observation and analytical skills of a scientist with the transcendent wisdom of a spiritual master.”

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, scientist and author of several books, including The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity Is Near