From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

According to the scriptures of Śaivism, Śivayoga means achieving the unity of the jīvātman[1] with Paramātman. It includes five steps:

  1. Arcana - worship of the chosen deity
  2. Anusandhāna - meditating on the form of the deity
  3. Bhakti - cultivation of devotion
  4. Vidyā - receiving the mantra
  5. Vrata - strictly following the disciplines imposed by the guru and the scriptures


  1. Jīvātman means the individual soul.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore