The Four Paths of Yoga

1673 WordsMay 18, 20097 Pages
Running head: THE FOUR PATHS OF YOGA Abstract Life is full of choices and opportunities for spiritual development. The four paths of yoga Provide wisdom, serenity, direction, and strength. Each path has its own unique goal yet They all work together for a greater purpose. The four paths of yoga have practices that Can be related to other religious traditions such as devotion, prayer, giving, and physical Actions such as fasting that require discipline and commitment to a Higher Power. The Four Paths of Yoga Life is full of choices, journeys, change, growth, and pain. Action is required to move along any path in life. The four paths of Yoga provide one with different ways to gain wisdom, practice devotion, take…show more content…
Devotion is a practice that instills the idea that everything is linked to the Divine. It helps you build self-discipline which directs actions and facilitates well being. Religions of the world have their own ways of practicing devotion such as meditation, chanting, rosary, and dance. Since devotion is the root of Bhakti Yoga and breeds emotional well being it is clear that all forms of devotion in world religions can bring harmony and peace. “Spiritual devotion brings concentration, one pointedness; and spiritual devotion, one pointedness brings success and happiness to you. Especially, if you do it for a good cause, for a noble ideal, because at that time you concentrate everything on that thing and then you forget everything else so your mind is very clear. That is also a kind of putting down everything. That's also a way of practice. That's why it will bring you happiness and relaxation, and then a contented feeling” (unknown, 2006). The wisdom and discernment of Jnana Yoga can be related to what we learn in prayers such as the Serenity Prayer which is as follows: God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. God / Goddess / Great Spirit, please help me to access: the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (life, other people), the courage and willingness to change the things I can (me, my own attitudes and behaviors), and the wisdom and
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