The Seven Steps to Attainment of Kaivalya #87
The superlative word, Kaivalya, is rarely heard in yogic circles today. Words such as asana and pranayama abound among the uninitiated attached to body and breath, but the elevated state of penultimate samadhi is left unplumbed, overlooked. But the fathers of both Yoga and Vedanta focus in on this word, knowing, as they do, that any soul who attains to the higher limbs of Ashtanga Yoga will have to deal with its subtleties and gain mastery of it. As this chart demonstrates, Kaivalya is the doorway to Formlessness — or seven doorways, as the case may be. These openings represent the best of the Yoga darshana, and what mastery of all of the previous limbs is all about.