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The 4 Paths of Yoga

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n Hinduism, there are four main paths to attain spiritual liberation, also known as "moksha." These paths are known as the four "yogas" and they are:

  1. Karma Yoga: This path emphasises selfless action and service to others as a means of purifying the mind and attaining liberation. Karma yoga is based on the idea that every action has a reaction and that by performing actions without attachment to the fruits of one's labor, one can purify the mind and reach a state of spiritual enlightenment.

  2. Bhakti Yoga: This path emphasises devotion and love for God as a means of attaining liberation. Bhakti yoga is based on the idea that by surrendering oneself to God and cultivating love and devotion, one can achieve union with God and attain liberation.

  3. Raja Yoga: This path emphasises the control of the mind and the senses as a means of attaining liberation. Raja yoga is based on the idea that by controlling the mind and the senses, one can achieve a state of inner stillness and spiritual enlightenment. It includes practices such as meditation, pranayama and asanas.

  4. Jnana Yoga: This path emphasises the pursuit of knowledge and self-reflection as a means of attaining liberation. Jnana yoga is based on the idea that by using discrimination, inquiry, and self-reflection to differentiate the eternal self (Atman) from the non-eternal self (the ego or the individual self), one can gain direct knowledge of the ultimate reality and attain liberation.

It is believed that all four paths lead to the same ultimate goal, but each path appeals to different individuals based on their natural inclinations, abilities, and tendencies. The person can choose the path that resonates with them the most and that they feel they can follow with the most ease and success.


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