My spiritual Yogic journey began in 2009 when I first started reading Bhagvad Gita regularly. I spent an hour everyday studying Bhagvad Gita. The knowledge of Bhagvad Gita expanded my awareness. The philosophy of Yoga and the vedas were my areas of exploration.
My curiosity arose and craved for answers for quintessential existential questions of life.
What is the purpose of life?
Why am I born here?
Why am I born as a human being?
What do we all seek as a society?
Why is there sorrow in life?
Why do we avoid sorrow and seek happiness?
And many more similar questions of life and existence kept me anxious enough to spend numerous sleepless nights.
Desire for a billion dollars, fame and power started dimming and were replaced by an insatiable curiosity. The more I felt closer to the answers to the questions of life, more I felt at peace with myself. Peace that I had never experienced before.
I have now reached a point in my Yogic journey where I feel immense peace and contentment with my existence. Throughout my Yogic journey I came across various terms such as transcendence, evolution, transformation, revelation and most importantly Moksha; liberation.
The word “Moksha” always kept me in a state of fascination. I spent hours and hours exploring the meaning and trying to understand what Moksha is. According to Taittriya Upnishada, Moksha means liberation from sorrows and fears of life.
I was deeply impacted by such a simple description of the term Moksha. I asked myself, “Can a human being really be free from fear and sorrows of life?”. To my surprise, the answers was “Yes”. It is the path of Yoga.
The path of Yoga is also mentioned in Bhagvad Gita, where Shri Krishna himself explains the four paths of Yoga; Bhakti, Jnana, Karma and Raja Yoga. Four different paths which lead to the one destination i.e. the union with the supreme Brahman, the absolute truth, the unchanging reality.
Just as there are different flowers, fruits, plants and animals, similarly we humans have different personalities which can be classified into four categories. First is the deep emotional kind, people who have a very sensitive heart, they feel compassion for even tiny organisms like ants and butterflies. For such people the path of Bhakti 0r devotion comes naturally and in that state of compassion they transcend the material world to become one with the supreme.
Meerabai was a sixteenth century poet and a devotee of Shri Krishna. She surrendered to Krishna as her husband. Her devotion to Krishna was so intense that it even attracted King Akbar to listen to her Krishna Bhajans (devotional songs of Krishna).
तुम सुणो जी म्हांरो अरजी।Meerabai
भवसागर में बही जात हूं काढ़ो तो थांरी मरजी।
इण संसार सगो नहिं कोई सांचा सगा रघुबरजी॥
मात-पिता और कुटम कबीलो सब मतलब के गरजी।
मीरा की प्रभु अरजी सुण लो चरण लगावो थांरी मरजी॥
Meerabai is a perfect epitome of a Bhakti Yogi. Bhakti is a transcendental state where a person moves beyond ordinary bodily perception to experience oneness with the supreme. A state of non-duality, samadhi, where all the fears and sorrows of the life are absent. A state of consciousness which is not easy to attain by Jnana, Karma and Raja Yoga.
Unconditional surrender to your Ishtadev by the method of Bhakti or devotion has the power to alter your state of consciousness which is extremely difficult to achieve even after putting immense efforts in seeking the truth through knowledge, Karma; selfless acton, Raja; mysticism.
Jana Yoga: Some people are extremely cynical in nature and surrendering to Ishtadev is the most difficult thing they can think of. Hence, they embark their journey taking the path of Jnana Yoga to firstly satisfy their intellect and curiosity.
Every Saadhak must choose a path in consonance with their Gunas. A deep understanding of the inner self is required to rightly choose a suitable path of Yoga.
World of Yogi
WorldOfYogi.com is a virtual classroom for a saadhak, to explore the world of Yoga and learn how to live like a Yogi.
The aim of the website is not to replace a Guru because direct teaching of a Guru is the best medium of learning. A Guru has a very revered place in Yogic tradition and cannot be altered or replaced by anything, though we may choose different tools to progress in our spiritual saadhna and tapasys.