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Bhakti Yoga Path of Bhakti Jnana Yoga

Query: I am truly interested in meditation. I used to feel very peaceful and happy hearing Lord shiva and shirdi sai baba name. I am interested in finding lord shiva, Ma Parvathi, shirdi sai baba. Please lead me.


Vijay Kumar:
Your query indicates you are primarily interested in following the path of Bhakti Yoga which is something very different from jnana yoga... the path that directly leads to God! In Bhakti Yoga we primarily sing praise of gods and goddesses without truly inferring the meaning behind! Bhakti Yoga is practically following a blind alley... a path of total submission to God!

The path of Bhakti Yoga is a very long route for reaching God Almighty. At a certain stage in the later years of spiritual pursuit... the path of Bhakti Yoga finally merges with the path of jnana yoga! It is only through the path of jnana yoga one finally comes face-to-face with God Almighty... reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... never otherwise!

One can have intermittent glimpses of God following the path of Bhakti Yoga... but if we desire remaining in permanent communion with God all the time... it is the path of jnana yoga that needs to be traveled! Your wanting and hearing praises of Lord Shiva, Shirdi Sai Baba and ma Parvathi paves way for a cleaner and purer life!

However if we desire reaching God... we need to meditate in a different manner! What if I tell you there has never been one like Lord Shiva! No human being by the name of Lord Shiva has ever surfaced on Mother Earth! None by the name of Lord Shiva ever existed on Mother Earth. Lord Shiva is not a physical entity... it is an attribute of God!

In Hinduism we have three attributes of God Almighty... Lord Brahma, the Creator... Bhagwan Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva, the ultimate maintainer of the whole cosmic system... the destroyer! It is Lord Shiva who exercises absolute powers over death! Unless death is there in the cosmic system... the system by itself cannot survive!

One who has been born... also must die! That is how the cosmic system propels by itself! Also there has never been one by the name of Bhagwan Vishnu or Lord Brahma! The three independent entities assigned to God Almighty were for the sole purpose of simplifying worship and praying to God Almighty!

I have already explained to you the meaning of meditation yoga! You need to definitely decide the goal of your life! Meditation yoga is not a goal... but a path of life! The goal of life has to be fixed! What we ultimately desire in present life is of importance! Always remember we have one life to live... who knows what we shall be in the next manifestation!

To make things more clear... Every human being has two paths to follow in life! The first path is living the present journey of life... the life of 70 to 80 years in the best possible manner! For living this path... the present sojourn of physical manifest life... one needs diving deep into the Wisdom of Ramayana... the epic Ramayana of Hinduism!

The highest manifest stage that can be reached by a human being in the present physical life is the status of Lord Rama... Bhagwan Rama of Hinduism... the prime reason why Bhagwan Rama is also known as maryada Purushottam Rama! There is nothing beyond the status of Bhagwan Rama that can be achieved by human beings! Bhagwan Rama is the epitome of physical manifest life!

For all practical purposes Bhagwan Rama is the end goal of physical manifest life! For living the mundane life... the mortal life in the best possible manner... reading Ramayana and assimilating the gist of the religious matter is sufficient! One need not indulge in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... if we do not desire traveling the spiritual path... the path of jnana yoga?

The second path... the path towards inner self... our soul atman within is the path of jnana yoga... the path of Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata! For all practical purposes... the Sacred Bhagavad Gita is the end of all if spirituality is the goal of our life! Indulging in Bhagavad Gita one can definitely reach the highest portals of spiritual life... the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha).

Indulging in Bhakti Yoga and Ramayana one can never know the Wisdom contained in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita. The spiritual journey... the uncharted path of spirituality can only be traveled by following the pearls of wisdom contained in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism. The Wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita is the end of all! The knower of Bhagavad Gita finally becomes the knower of all! One physically gains omniscience forever.

The gist of the matter is... for traveling the religious part of life... one need follow only the epic Ramayana... all teachings related to Bhagwan Rama! For following the path of spirituality... the path undertaken by serious seekers of spirituality... assimilating the pearls of wisdom contained in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita is essential!

Indulging in Bhagavad Gita... reading in between the lines of Bhagavad Gita... one finally reaches the last leg of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation when one gains enlightenment and finally salvation! True meditation yoga is necessitated to travel the spiritual path... the spiritual journey!

To maintain inner calm... inner poise indulgence in various yogic exercises is sufficient! Yoga meditation simply means the effort of the soul atman trying to merge with the supreme soul Brahman (God Almighty) at the earliest! Reaching the end of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation is the end goal of every life! Whether we do it now... in the present life... or many manifestations henceforth is the sole prerogative of every individual human being!

Yoga meditation is best performed the Neti way of life (not this, not this)... as preached and advocated by Maharishi Ramana. Lying in the Shavasana pose of yoga... practicing Neti all the way... one finally reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi when one can have communion with God on one-to-one basis and that too permanently!

One of the foremost requisites of the path of spirituality is remaining truthful all the time! Secondly we need to practice absolute celibacy (aka Brahmacharya Vrata) for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation! This helps in full awakening of the Kundalini that ultimately opens up the Shahastra Pushpa (the thousand petalled lotus) existing within our brain behind the forehead!

I again repeat... The ultimate goal of life must be absolutely clear before our wanting to follow the religious or the spiritual part of life! One is the path advocated by Ramayana and the other defined in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna!


More Bhakti Yoga related links...

The Breathing Process Shavasana Pose of Yoga - Shavasana Pose of Yoga Meditation - Shavasana Pose Yoga Neti Dead Pose - Nirvikalpa Samadhi Sahaja Samadhi - Practicing Neti Path of Neti Maharishi Ramana

May God bless all!

Always there to clarify your queries (send your query),

Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

A to Z of Bhakti Yoga explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on path of bhakti can be found at Meditation Techniques ... Vijay Kumar - 13 June 2010.

 Full text of query: I am truly interested in meditation. I have been doing it on and of reading books. I started approximately since 19 yrs old. I used to feel very peaceful and happy hearing Lord shiva and shirdi sai baba name. I am interested in finding lord shiva, Ma Parvathi, shirdi sai baba. Please lead me. Sir I read on your web site that I can request few questions, is it possible sir?. I tried to become a member and tried to find answers for few of my problems but unfortunately could not pay. Sir please lead me, how can I pay money on your site.


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