Yoga Philosophy: What it is And What it is Not by Manatita

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Sri Chinmoy in Samadhi
Sri Chinmoy in Samadhi | Source

The Concept of Yoga

Yoga is quintessentially Consciousness, Spirit or Oneness. Yoga is the great Silence of Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, manifesting as Creation: The Cosmos, in and through the Sound of Consciousness. Yoga speaks of a sublime beauty, a Divine Ground, a perennial Entity called by many names. Yoga accepts them all, and has no quarrel with any name, for its Heart is as vast as the infinity in which it sits.


Does Yoga believe in the old or new Testament or both? Yoga smiles and remains silent. Yoga believes in Love and sits in the hearts of those who serve unconditionally, the Will of Its flow of Consciousness. We will find them in the old, new and other unmentioned Testaments, secretly glorifying and expounding the tenets of Yoga philosophy.

Only Oneness

Yoga Philosophy teaches the doctrine of how to serve; to express the inner divinity, in and through the form and thus attain peace immortal, ceaselessly; to become inseparably one with this flow of Delight.

Does Yoga philosophy believes in Religion? Oh God, Yes, yes! For nothing is without purpose, nothing comes from an empty void. The essence of Religion is to fear God and obey God; the quintessence of Spirituality is to know God and become another God. Yoga is all-accommodating. Its very nature is Oneness, and it does not know how to separate. There are no boxes, no ‘yours’ and ‘mines’. Only Oneness.

The seed germinates and becomes a plant, which then becomes a tree which produces leaves. These eventually drops, rots and the cycle repeats itself. All are interconnected. All are essentially One.

So there are different Gods, then? Once more Yoga Philosophy smiles. Its strength lies in its Spirit, the One all-nourishing Life that creates all. It enters into a Form we call Sri Krishna, and then into another called the Buddha, and finally into One we call Christ, all simply giant or tidal waves in the SAME Ocean of Consciousness. Yoga reveals this mystery to us in Its own way and hour. It is the Essence of All.

Channelling the Energy Within

In Meditation
In Meditation | Source

Why should there be so many Faiths? Yoga is here primarily to enjoy Its own game. Old things are wiped away and the new is continually created. Consider the flower garden. It has roses, lilies, hydrangeas and tulips, each different in their own way, but enhancing the beauty and fragrance of the garden.

Consider the Orchestra. The piano and organ enjoy their own rhythm and power; the flute its own sweetness and the conductor offers his own expertise. They are all different, but blend as one to offer a symphony of melodies, unmatched by an instrument in a single unit. So too, the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, enjoys its own Lila (divine game), in a diversity of different ways.

Without the shadow there will be no perception of Light; without the mountain there will be no valleys; we measure our joys by our sorrows and our winters by our summers. Diversity is the order of the day. Yoga enjoys Itself in the black, white or yellow; in the male or female form; in all creatures and inanimate objects, thus revealing Itself. Ever new, its constant flow of the message of Self-transcendence is a joy and beauty to behold!


Yoga philosophy is happy with the words Allah, God, Self, Brahman, Yahweh as well as Wahe Guru and others. It is free and eternal, and as such not bound by names. “Let the devotee choose according to his capacity and Consciousness.” Says Yoga Philosophy. “I will still adorn him with My compassion and My Love. In My Eternity he will re-awaken, and address Me sooner or later, as his inner experiences dictates. Meanwhile, as a silent stream and then a dynamic river, he flows vibrantly and steadily, to merge in Me.”

Travelling the Path serene

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The Beauty of The Cosmos

Is Yoga Philosophy evil? Strange word for Yoga Philosophy, as it knows only of greater Light and lesser Light. It is essentially One, and all the parts are part and parcel of the whole. The mother slaps the child which then cries, but later, realising that it would most certainly have been trapped by the unseen fire, the child is all pride and Joy. The Grace of the Unseen is like the slap or other so called evil, only to nudge the seeker, in order to remember its true Source.


OK, so what is sin then, should I not blame Satan for my uncomely deeds?

Yoga Philosophy holds the individual accountable, and won’t be asking about anyone else in the hereafter. Sin is a transgression of Its Law, of its cosmic order. Still, Yoga Philosophy prefers to acknowledge in a positive and cheerful way. Sin is that which binds us, but it is also simply an impediment or obstacle, standing in the way of Truth. In the way of erasure lies the quest.


Yoga Philosophy knows that we are all weak. Indeed He made us meek, so as to embrace us with His Light to find our way home. Satan, the Adversary, is also His emissary, and essential to the plan. Remember, as we cannot get fire without smoke, so too, nothing exists outside of the Infinite. All are within.


So Yoga covers this vast network of the Cosmos in Sound and the higher regions in Silence. It is above, below, within and without. It is personal and impersonal; with form and formless; visible and invisible, according to the nature, Karma and Samskara’s of the devotee. It is both male and female and beyond both. Why? It is omnipotent! Ultimately It is awake in its Love and Oneness and there is nothing else.

-Manatita, (Bard of Solace), 6th September, 2014.©Copyrighted.


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for covering so well the spiritual aspects of Yoga. It's good for all to understand that it is inclusive of all religious philosophies and practices!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you Michelle. I appreciate this. I have written a few Hubs on this in a more definitive way. Here I took a different slant for reasons not to dissimilar to your comments. Much peace to you.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thank you my friend. You brought some clarity for me on this topic, and added to my understanding.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you, Billy

In my humble view, you're not doing bad at all. Indeed you are quite 'sharp' actually. Sharp with life yes, but also in a very positive way, I mean. (wise) or discriminating. A very noble quality to have.

Also, by inspiring so many hundreds of us here, you are literally practising Yoga: The Gyani aspect (knowledge and wisdom) and the Karma aspect (the Path of selfless action) The Bhakti aspect (the Path of Love and Devotion) you are already practising with your endearing wife. You can enlarge this at His choice hour, if there is a need. We cannot move faster than Grace.

So Cool, Bro. Thank you for this and God bless you this weekend. Joy and Light!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm glad that yoga has no preference in religion. We are all one in spirit and open to god's light. To be open is the key to learning. Meditation is a wonderful way to communicate with the light. Beautiful manatita..


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

So glad that you approve, Ruby. Never mind my fancy article. Yoga is simply 'spiritual life' Spirituality embodies religion yet rises above it also. Prayer and meditation will teach us all we need to know. Have a great day my sweet.


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Lovely article. I have often attended yoga classes, but they are generally about physical fitness rather than spirituality. Your article has opened my mind to learn more.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Gratitude, my Sweet. Yoga encompasses the spiritual life. I have written about 4 Hubs on this. Hatha Yoga (asana or posture) is only the third limb or step of an 8 step journey. The early Indian teaches were faithful to this: Vivekananda; Yogananda, etc. But the later Indian teachers saw that the West wanted more exercise than Meditation, and so stayed with the exercise. If you look it up, you will find that the ancient Seer, Patanjali, spoke in great detail about it.

Sweetheart all you have to do is read my Hubs, similar Hubs or the teachings of the Christ and similar teachers. It is all Yoga and much more simplified. Yoga is the Spiritual Life.

Happy to see you, of course. How's life? ceeccil@Hotmail.com


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

This is an incredible article, Manatita. I didn't know about these aspects of yoga. Thanks for sharing.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

My pleasure Bro. Happy to serve; to inspire.... Much peace.


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Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

Hi Manatita, you explained very well what yoga (and divine consciousness) is about. I like your understanding that all is within the infinite. Nothing exists outside of the Infinite, all is part of the infinite Design. Thanks for sharing!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Yes, Bro.

You understand. Thank you so much? How nice to see you here! Much peace.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Beautiful, yoga can be beneficial regardless of religious persuasion.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yoga truly is unbound by names, a perfect description. I am at one in the peace and tranquility of the outdoors. Through its guidance, I am able to impart the photos of true spirituality.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

I agree with you, Wiccan Sage.

Thank you so much for your wise comment.

Hi again Deb.

Yes, the Light is there too, and I'm sure that you feel it's beauty and are able to share. Have a great day today.


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Surabhi Kaura 3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

Manatita, you have read deep. I salute you for this. It's always a joy to keep the sanskriti (yoga traditions) alive with practice and devotion. Sadhna is pertinemnt, yes. You have captured the essence well in the paragraph, "So there are different Gods, then? Once more Yoga Philosophy smiles. Its strength lies in its Spirit, the One all-nourishing Life that creates all. It enters into a Form we call Sri Krishna, and then into another called the Buddha, and finally into One we call Christ, all simply giant or tidal waves in the SAME Ocean of Consciousness. Yoga reveals this mystery to us in its own way and hour. It is the Essence of All." Our quest is to eventually be with Brahma (Supreme) of Brahman (Universe). Just like an ice cube melts and forms into water. Brilliantly articulated!


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manatita44 3 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you so much. You kept your promise, I see, my dear Didiji. ha ha. Your Archaryaji is pleased. Al my Love.

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