There is a gradation as we take up Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga. Karma Yoga starts at the body level, Jnana takes us to the level of the mind and intellect, while Bhakti graduates from the intellect to the Self, to God.
It is important that we cultivate the right moved of listening especially when we are in the association of holy men. Association is available only because of the pure Grace of God. One should not miss this blessed opportunity A sage or a seer is one who has the capacity to alter the entire course of one's life. One has to develop the right mood when we are in such a holy association. The process of getting prepared is an important step even prior to meeting up with a seer or sage.
The Yog-Vasishtha is the gem in the field of Jnana Yoga. For a meditational practitioner who tries to comprehend the nature of the world, the Yog-Vasishtha is indespensible. understanding this great scripture shall unravel the many mysteries of the world and also serve as a correcting agent of our otherwise convoluted mind. If someone is to completely demystify the illusions of Maya, then it is not possible that such a person has not studied and assimilated the concepts of this great work.
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient science. It is the science of energy patterns of the human system. The ancient seers have enunciated the various energy centres if the body and listed down a set of practices, to awaken the otherwise dorman power of the Kundalini. Understanding the possibilities of the Kundalini is an important step towards the unraveling of spiritual power dormant in the human system.
The Dynanims of meditation deals with the inner aspect of consciousness. How does consciousness and external life alter, as one takes up meditation as a transformational practice. Dynamics of Meditation deals with how the layers of consciousness get altered and how the individual undergoes transformational experiences, within him as well as in the world outside.
When one is taking care of one's health, it is required that along with medicines one should also not eat forbidden food in order to render the medicines effective. Similarly unless one renounces one's desire for the world, whatever one does in the Path of Karma and Path of Jnana, these practices shall not be the least effective.
We often misrepresent the concept of Gods and Goddesses. Fundamentally we are usually misinformed about them by the media, by what people of little knowledge as well as our inept sorroundings. It is important that we understand the deep philosophy of the Veda, in order to explore into the concept of a personified God. The more we are able to garner about the concept of God, the more we shall be able to connect to their superior energies.
Lord Shiva is the personification of Sages. All the qualities that are to be seen in the life of a sage, Lord Shiva represents it to the fullest. If one were to develop devotion to the Lord, one has to first oneself to Lord Shiva and understand His mood of service. Only then can one qualify oneself as a devotee. Understanding Lord Shiva, through the tales of the RamaCharita Mansa can become an interesting and fruitful journey.
The role of devotion as a valid means for spiritual realization is often undermined in current times. Devotional Service remains the single-most effective means for God-realization in current times. It becomes essential to understand the science and means to cultivate such devotion in the heart and attract the undivided Grace of the Supreme Being