'Yoga' Chapter


Traditional Yoga has nothing to do with emptying your head or sublimating your sense of self. A Bhakti Yogi tends to favour ritual, a Gnani Yogi favors inquiry, a Karma Yogi is sort of a performance artist or sociologist. They focus on cause and effect. In the total philosophy of Yoga they acknowledge multiple valid paths, and each is suited according to the individuals temperament.

Read more on: Karma Yoga | Bhakti Yoga | Gnani Yoga.

“The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.” Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

“This yoga is not possible, for the one who eats too much, or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.” Bhagavad Gita

“The state of severance of union with sorrow is known by the name of yoga.” Bhagavad Gita

Yoga Philosophy

You hear a lot about Yoga philosophy in this day and age. It has become quite fashionable; let go, have faith in the divine, seek peace. It’s what I refer to as the blue sky doctrine. Put your body in… Seek More

Gnani Path

I do get very emotional about knowledge, does Gnani preclude bliss? No, in fact it acknowledges that some people most naturally arrive at bliss by intellectual contemplations. That they are moved to awe by inspiring ideas, and religious observance may… Seek More

Questioning Path

Gnani is more about the questions then the answers? Yes. They don’t deny that answers can be arrived at, but getting an answer and clinging to it is not the Gnani way. It’s the dynamic of inquiry itself that is… Seek More

Karmic Burden

Today we are talking about karma yoga. Yoga roughly translates as union. It’s like self-discipline in a way, but focused more on personal development than goal striving. In fact, the absence of goal striving is the key element behind karma… Seek More

Understand Actions

In Karma yoga, you don’t swear off all action, and in fact, there is a reason normally undertaken action has the burdensome effect it does. When you take an action you see yourself as personally involved, no? Anything you feel… Seek More

Element of Choice

How often have you taken an action that you failed to see turn out the way you like, but would have accepted a working solution instead of the outcome you got? A compromise? How often does refusal to compromise pan… Seek More

Gnani, Bhakti and Karma Yoga

That trio I mentioned earlier, thought, belief, and action, these three form the core of any system of yoga, and ultimately anyone will manifest a leaning toward one of these over the others in yoga practice. The three correspond to… Seek More

Reflection on Actions

Karma yoga isn’t just constant action. There is a practice of reflection to gain insight from ones actions. You don’t subscribe to self-recrimination in this reflection. Self is a non-factor in Karma yoga. Insight meditation. You reflect on the course… Seek More

Worth Ship

Whereas karma yoga is the yoga of action, bhakti yoga is the yoga of love, but not necessarily the love we think of most readily. The practices behind bhakti yoga resemble what we might at the surface call worship, but… Seek More

Devotion to the Divine

Shall I start with personal gods or go into the complicated one first? Personal. Ok. The different traditional paths of bhakti have their root in traditions leading way back into the history of India. They refer to them as lineages.… Seek More