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The Meaning of Yoga

While in recent years the word “yoga” has been heard more in gyms than in religious discourse, “yoga” in its original sense has little to do with exercise. “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit verb yuj, to yoke or unite. The goal of yoga is to unite oneself with God; the practice of yoga is the path we take to accomplish this. Spiritual aspirants can be broadly classified into four psychological types: the predominantly emotional, the predominantly intellectual, the physically active, the meditative. There are four primary yogas designated to “fit” each psychological type. We should state from the beginning that these categories are not airtight compartments. Indeed, it would be psychologically disastrous for anyone to be completely emotional, completely intellectual, completely active or completely meditative. Each yoga blends into the next; each yoga balances and strengthens the others.

Yoga /ˈjoʊɡə/ – योग

“Yogas chitta vritti nirodha” (“Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling.”) —Patanjali

Yoga literally means “union”. This union can be understood on different levels: philosophically, as that of the relative, limited self with the absolute Self; religiously, as that of the individual soul with the Infinite Spirit; psychologically, as the integration of the personality – a state wherein a person no longer lives at cross-purposes with himself; emotionally, as the stilling of the waves of likes and dislikes, permitting one to remain in all circumstances complete in himself.

According to the ancient sage Patanjali, yoga is the neutralization of ego-directed feelings, because once these become stilled, the yogi realizes that he is, and that he has always been, one with the Infinite – that his awareness of this reality was limited only by his infatuation with limitation.

The Different Paths of Yoga

Most people in the Western world think of yoga as hatha yoga, but yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline and there are many types. Some of the most well-known are karma yoga, bhakti yoga, gyana yoga, and raja yoga.

Karma Yoga

The path of karma yoga is yoga through action. Fulfillment in karma yoga lies not so much in doing many things as in acting more and more, even in little things, with the consciousness that it is the Divine who, truly, is the Doer.

Everyone acts, but not many are real karma yogis. A karma yogi redirects all the wrong impulses of their heart into wholesome channels. More than that, he or she tries to become aware of the divine energy flowing through them as they act. For the karma yogi, the spirit in which they act is more important than the service itself. They must act without desire for reward. According to karma yogis, all other activity stirs up more waves of likes and dislikes in the heart.

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion. However the result of bhakti yoga is not the restless excitement of ordinary romance, but a deep, inner calmness. The bhakti yogi thinks of the Divine first in personal, human terms: as Father, Mother, Friend, or Beloved. Such a personal view helps them to awaken and direct love towards the Divine.

However, they eventually see and love the Divine in all forms. According to Swami Kriyananda, it is not what we love, but how we love, that is important if our devotion is to lead us to enlightenment. Sectarian differences only create more waves of likes and dislikes; they do not result in yoga or union.

Gyana Yoga

Gyana yoga (also spelled jnana yoga), is the yoga of Self-study. It is not only a particular path to union, but also points out the direction all our thinking should take.(1) It is based on the idea of “non-dualism”, in other words, that we already are the Divine or Higher Self, we just need to realize it.

Raja Yoga

Raja yoga, or “royal yoga” views human nature as a kingdom composed of many psychological tendencies and physical attributes, all of which require considerate attention. The raja yogi, therefore, is enjoined to rule their inner kingdom wisely and with moderation, developing all aspects of his nature in a balanced, integrated way. The main focus of Raja Yoga is meditation and similar techniques with the goal being yoga, or union. However a raja yogi often practices all the above yogas as well in order to remain balanced.


Forth-Coming Religious Events 2018

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28th June, Thursday Vat Savitri Poonam Pooja from 7:00
22nd July, Sunday Geeta Recital fom 7:00am
27th July, Friday Guru Poornima Datta Poojan from 19:30
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19th August, Sunday Noli Nem Pooja from 07:00
3rd September, Monday Krishna Janmashtami Pooja and Bhajans from 19:00
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13th September, Thursday Ganapati Choth Sthapan Pooja 20.00
15th September, Saturday Ganesh Visarjan Procession 15.30
30th September, Sunday Samooh Shanti Havan Havan for Ancestors 10.00
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17th October, Wednesday Matani Athem Havan 18.45
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19th November, Monday Tulsi Vivah Tulsi Vivah 17.00
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