I am so grateful to be able to study the principle of Yoga. The Bhagavad Gita teaches the uniting of all paths as ancillary streams in the larger river of life. “That river,” Paramhansa Yogananda said, is the “energy flowing in the spine.” All of the paths of yoga offer guidance to people of all temperaments: the (karma) active soul, the (guana) knowledge explorer, as well as (bhakti) the heart centered seeker. The central river to enlightenment, as Swami Kriyananda said in his book “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” is revealed by Raja Yoga, the royal yoga: the pathway of the spine.
The objective of Raja Yoga practice is to “take one straight up the central pathway of the spine into the inner silence of divine communion. My personal experience has been for only seven years of practice. What I know is that this all-inclusive path of Raja Yoga has kept my attention. I have been living near and working in the Ananda community for a few years now and I have realized just a ‘tiny’ spark of the realization that awaits us all as we enter the inner silence of oneness with the divine .
I encourage you to take a look at the Bhagavad Gita. It is one of my most favorite books to study. I am joining a class this week and we are starting the book together. This is my first time exploring this book with others on the path of yoga and I look forward to the deep and inspiring exploration of the Gita.
Know that you are Loved. Blessings and Joy, Rev. Barb