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April 27, 2015
Namaskar Dear Ones:
Yoga makes a good point. Which is the right path? Which is true yoga? If a path isn't right for you, don't take it. A style that is popular, might work for somebody else. The yoga that reaches your heart, mind, and soul is the true yoga for you. We learn that hatha yoga is a multi-dimensional practice, in that the practice of asana, is a part that unites the aspirant with the universal consciousness.
In contrast, Bhakti is a style of spiritual yoga concerned with devotion and prayer. What does this style of yoga have to do with the physical practice most of us have been learning? Bhakti and Hatha seem completely like separate practices! How can they be related to each other?
There are many different forms of yoga, including some that might not incorporate the practice of yoga asanas. Among these types of yoga are different paths to the ultimate goals of inner harmony, samadhi, enlightenment or self-realization. Within each yogic path are many different branches or styles of yoga.
Some of these paths of yoga attempt to transform an individual. One might become confused by observing yogis in India practice Bhakti yoga. There is no one path to enlightenment, the path that is right for you, is the right path. If a path does not work for you, do not take it. Do not take a path because it is popular, or because it works for someone else. Only do what speaks to you. This is true yoga.
Yoga paths can be physical, spiritual, or both. They can be focused on devotion to God, service to other people, or physical mastery and then spiritual enlightenment. With many different forms of yoga it's common to be confused,
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