Volume 4 Issue 2 Fall 2018

2 4 S p i r i t ua l i t y S t u d i e s 4 - 2 Fa l l 2 0 1 8 Patañjali’s Kriya Yoga in the Rule of Saint Benedict Received September 29, 2018 Accepted October 18, 2018 The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and The Rule of Saint Benedict are two spiritual classics that have guided countless seekers over millennia in their search for inner peace and joy. Despite the many years and distinct cultures that separated these two sages, there are remarkable similarities in the spiritual practices they encouraged their disciples to adopt. This article highlights the three components of Patañjali’s Kriya yoga: Tapas – accepting pain and discomfort as help for purification, Svādhyāya – study and introspection as a means to know our True Self, and Īśvarapra ṇ idhāna – dedicating and surrendering our lives to God, and examines their place in the Rule of Saint Benedict . Key words Patañjali, Yoga Sūtras, Saint Benedict, Rule of Saint Benedict, Kriya Yoga Mark Graceffo

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