The below article is from a foreword by Acharaya Karunamoya Saraswati and is extracted from the book by Shyam Sundar Gowsami:
Shyam Sundar Goswami is the founder of the Goswami Institute.
I have not included the entire foreword from the book, just key points I found really enlightening.
I would strongly suggest you buy the book and read it, not just for the Foreword, but also for the excellent work done by Shyam Sundar Gowsami to compile his life’s understanding and practice of Laya Yoga (Kundalini Yoga) into such a wonderful book.
Extracts the foreword written by Acharaya Karunamoya Saraswati:
It has been expounded in the Vedamantra (Vedas):
Yogeyoge tawastarang wajewaje hawamahe,
(Rig Veda 1.30.7)
That is, with our hearts attuned, we worship with deepest love Indra (Supreme Power Consciousness) so as to be able to practice samprajnata yoga (with all its parts successfully by remove all obstacles that distract the mind), and then (by developing supreme unaffectedness) asamprajnata yoga.
Love-concentration causes Samadhi.
Patanjali has also said:
It has been stated:
“Yogena yogo Jnatawyo yogo yogat prawardhate”
That is , yoga is to be known by yoga, and yoga develops from yoga.
This means that the attainment of Asamprajnata Yoga develops from Samprajnata Yoga.
“Yogena Yogang sangrodhya …”
That is, controlling yoga by yoga.
This means that Samprajnata yoga is controlled by Asamprajnata yoga.
In other words, Samprajnata Samadhi is transformed into Asamprajnata Samadhi when control develops to its highest degree.
Yoga means Samadhi.
So it has been stated:
“Sa gha no yoga a bhuwat…”
It has been stated that yoga is the attainment of that which is otherwise unobtainable.
What is that thing?
It this that which is beyond the senses and the mind.
It is Brahman.