Swami Nirmalananda Giri is the abbot of Atma Jyoti Ashram, a traditional Hindu monastery in the small desert town of Borrego Springs in southern California. He is widely travelled, and has spent much time in various parts of
India. He has written extensively on spiritual matters, especially on meditation and on the inner side of the world's religions. His many writings may be found on the Ashram's website.
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Foundations of Yoga, Part 1: Yama and Niyama
"Knowledge (Jnana) does not come about from practice of yoga methods alone. Perfection in knowledge is in fact only for those who begin by practice of virtue (dharma). Yet, without yoga as a means, knowledge does not come about. The practice of yogic met