is a practice or disciple one utilizes in order to achieve a
profound transformation of consciousness. This transformation is
accomplished when the seeker realizes the distinction between
the ego-dominated physical body and the infinite qualities of
the soul. With this knowledge, the psychic and intuitive aspects
of the individual are heightened and there is the knowing of
oneness and connection to the workings of the universe. At a
certain point, one arrives at a place of liberation from the self and in
union with the SELF; the unity of oneself with All There Is.
yoga, there are a number of paths one can use to
reach liberation or transformation.
Raja (Royal Yoga) - A practice of meditation where
the seeker eventually hopes to find union of the self with the
universal reality. The seeker becomes more aware of his or her true
of who he or she really is. When union is reached, the two are
realized to be one and the same.
Bhakti (Path of Love) - Love and devotion
for God. It is not ritual worship, but rather, total surrender
of the self with reverence to God. It is the path of the heart
where one directs and focuses the emotions into
spirituality. The practice of universal love which has no
preference of class or status.
Karma (The path of action) - This is the
practice of unselfish doing of deeds to benefit others and the
self without requiring something in return. The path of one who
lives in the world interacting with other people, learning how
to pro-act rather then to react in human relationships.
Hatha - The path of
separation of the self from the body and its consciousness.
Through physical exercises the body is prepared for the
kundalini force to aid the seeker in attaining the union with
the universal consciousness or soul.
Jnana (Knowledge and intellect) - One has
the desire to know the ultimate reality through universal love
and knowledge of the ultimate truth. Not love for objects, but
the infinite and universal truth that underlies all of existence,
seen and unseen. This is the knowing of the mind, the knowing of
the ultimate reality.