(4 Yogas Main) This ends the TiltedCandle series on Hinduism’s 4 Yogas. Boiled down to the basic drivers that make the 4 Yogas go, we have: wp.me/p2ukOd-5W
- To identify with the soul and not the body.
- To love God.
- Selflessness by priority: to become selfless in devotion to the common good.
- Selflessness by wisdom: to know the mind of God so well one’s Self is simply not important.
You can see each driver is essentially the same pattern, adapted to different functions of the soul: using deep understanding, or love, or the tendency to take action, or mental focus. Therefore you can put yourself through the same pattern with your mind, your heart, your will, or your identity.
A monk who meditates for a living and a worshipper who participates in ecstatic dance are not really doing different things. They are using different parts of their humanity to do the same thing.
The pattern of Christianity, to love the world, is not fundamentally different from the Bhakti notion of loving God. In fact, when Christ was asked what the most important commandment was, he said, “To love God. The second most important, which is like the first, is to love your fellow man.”