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Which Yoga Do I Follow?

Updated on April 19, 2019
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Lalit Kumar is a software developer. He mostly writes technical article but enjoys writing on other topics too.

In modern Hindu texts, the most common summaries of spiritual Hindu practices are the four yoga: karma, devotion, raj and knowledge. Let us start with a brief description of each one of them and then on this question, "Which yoga or formula should I follow at this time?"

Karm Yoga

Karma Yoga is the path to action. It starts with abstinence from what should not be done. The next thing we see is that to abstain from those actions which are only motivated by their selfish desires, actions that only benefit us. After this, the desire to fulfill the duties of his life with pure intuition. An important aspect of Karma Yoga is to help selflessly serve others. When we succeed, our work becomes converted into worship. The Yogaswamy of my lover of my lover, adopted the original sentiment of this principle when he said, "All the work should be done to get the Lord."

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga is the path of reverence and love for the Lord. Its practice is centered on listening to the stories of Lord, singing devotional songs, pilgrimage, chanting mantras and worshiping in temples and houses of the house. As the pleasure of Bhakti Yoga, it is possible to have a closer relation with Ishwar, and to develop the qualities which can be possible to connect with God - love, selflessness and purity - Antata, it leads to achieving, destroying the sense of ahaam Full dedication to the Lord My guru Sai Subramuniyaswamy gave this definition from the interchange, "God is love and love for God is the path laid down by astrology [a category of revealed science]. In truth, this book is God's own voice, which is the earthly , Who is the path of reincarnation, that except for the love of Bhangur, love the immortality. How to love God, when and where, By Tron and Visualization and in which good watches, it is preserved in all the proceeds. "

Raj Yoga

Raj Yoga is the path to meditation. It is a system of eight progressive steps: ethical control, religious compliance, posture, breathing control, recall, concentration, meditation

And being centered in the soul, or mystical unity. Focusing on the control of the mind's modifications, so that our awareness - which normally takes the form of modifications of the mind - can remain in its original form. These modifications can be found through control practice and non-attachment. My guru used to use the word of consciousness to abstain from the modifications of the mind - "Consciousness and awareness are the same when awareness is fully recognized and added by which he is knowledgeable. Separating both of the practice of yoga Is art. "

Gyan Yoga

Knowledge is the path of knowledge. This includes philosophical studies and discrimination between reality and unrealistic. While the word of knowledge is made up of the oral root knowledge which has a simple meaning of knowledge, its philosophical meaning is high. It is not only intellectual knowledge but also internal experience. It starts from the first and reaches the second. Knowledge is composed of three progressive practices: listening [listening to scriptures], meditation - thinking and thinking; And Nidishadasana - Continuous and Deep Meditation The four great proverbs of Upanishads are often the issue of thinking thought: "Chetna is Brahma," "You are she", "this soul is Brahma myself", and "I am Brahma" Chimmayananda, the owner of Chinmaya Mission, taught, "Knowledge is the purpose of yoga, by discrimination, understanding the difference between reality and unrealism and ultimately understanding its identity with ultimate reality."


In brief, after looking at the four primary yoga steps, let us take note of how different minded people saw them. This will help you to choose the yoga or yoga that you choose by keeping your spiritual level of today in mind. The first and most widely thought to be followed is the choice of yoga keeping in mind its nature. The Vedanta Society of South California has presented this approach on its website in this way, "Spiritual seekers can be classified as four main mindset: Mainly emotional, mainly Buddhist, physically active, There are four types of primary yoga that will fit them. According to this view, Bhakti Yoga has been recommended for emotional, mainly for Yoga, for the Buddhist, Yoga for Yoga, for the physically active, Karma yoga and meditator for the purpose of Raj Yoga.

However, some time it is recommended that the seekers interested in intellectualism should stay away from the knowledge yoga. In his book "Hinduism for Fools," Linda Johansson has said, "Do you consider yourself to be fast? It is astonishing that Hindu Gurus often advise the devotees of the devotional path and not the knowledge of yoga. Most intelligent people benefit from learning to open their heart more. Knowledge is not so much for the Buddhist people as much as for those people with a strong Iksit be mysterious spirit and desire burning the actual experience of the realization of God. "

More Approaches

Another approach may be to choose a yoga as the primary center, but according to your nature, keep practicing the other three Yoga in the second place. Swami Sivananda, the founder of the Divine Life Society, believes that while the seekers naturally bend towards a path, it is necessary to gather the learned from every path, if the seeker has to attain true discretion. The motto of his organization is, "service, love, meditation, feeling," which, respectively, mention the four yoga: karma, devotion, secrets and knowledge.

A third approach emphasizes that one or the other of the four yoga is another highest path and must be obeyed by everyone. It is normal for all Vaishnav institutions to recommend the practice of devotion or devotion to all their followers. In other words, the centers of Vaishnavas are in the main means of love and surrender to rise above themselves. With this Karma yoga is advised to purify and prepare for devotion. Mr. Ramanuj has said that in order to meditate or contemplative memory of God, one should gather in Karma Yoga. Gyan Yoga is said to be the path of all by some Vedantic traditions. For example, in the smart tradition of Adi Shankara, Karma Yoga is practiced as an early spiritual practice which takes the person towards Jana Yoga, it is defined as meditation according to philosophical understanding. This idea can be found in Shankara's Vivekchudadami. "The realization of reality is done by the distinction of the intellect, not by doing tens of millions of works." A fourth view is that the practice of Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and raj yoga is prepared to reach the yoga, or the union is attained with unity and dominance. Swami Ramakrishnananda of the World Religions Division, New York City has written, "Before entering the yoga yoga, it is important that a seeker grows and develops in the field of service, or in karma yoga, in piety, devotion or devotion In yoga, and in meditation, or in yoga, because of the absence of this philosophy without any preparation, the person is at risk of being a 'speaking Vedanti', Ace The person who talks about the subject which he does not know in true ways. Swami Vishuddhana of Sivananda Yog Vedanta Center, has interpreted a similar idea: "Before the practice of Gyan Yoga, the seeker learned from the paths of yoga There is a need to collect - because without love and love of God, the power of body and mind, finding the self and finding the Lord. Mere idle speculation could be. "

Final Words

You are confused about which yoga or selections should be made? In fact, if you are a teacher, it can be an excellent point of conversation with him. If your teacher is not there, then a conservative viewpoint can be that first work on Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. This yoga works on ego with speed and clears the obstacles coming in the path of intense acquisition. The benefits of their exercises include the gradual cleansing of the mind, the humility and the presence of a large degree; the increase of selfishness and devotion and, of course, all our activities take us closer to God.


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