The Essence and Purpose of Yoga

The Yoga Ethics
Karma Yoga
Bhakti Yoga
Raja Yoga
Jnana Yoga
Asparsha Yoga


Realisation and Psychological Comfort

Many people approach yoga initiatory schools and organi- ations seeking liberation, without a clear idea of the implications.

A good aspirant must inform himself of what the minimum that requirements are if he docs not want to waste his energies or be deeply disappointed.

What does realisation mean? From what must we strive to free ourselves? What does being an initiated one mean?

If we speak of realisation or liberation, there is something in us is not realised, which is not complete or which is held is thrall. We shall take into consideration the Vedanta vision.

Atman is beyond time-space- The jivatman-soul is a cons- reflection of it and ego is a reflection of that reflection. It believes itself to be particularised or individualised which results in 'I am I' or 'you are you'.

Various religions speak of the "fall." Adam, by eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil, "fell" into the I-you dualism. Plato speaks of the fall of the soul into dualism and generation. He uses the image of the charioteer who has fallen asleep in a chariot with two horses, one black and one white. He says that one must remember what one really is.

'My kingdom is not of this world,' says Jesus. Liberation implies freeing oneself from what, as pure consciousness, one is not. Realisation means resolving a separation. Yoga means union. We are of the same essence as the Supreme Being. It is, and does not become.

More Than a Human Being:

An authentic initiate is a person who has bridged this gap, achieved this union. He no longer has the characteristics of individuation. He no longer has any human qualities because he is something more. Like the sun, he cause. rotates upon his own axis giving cential off 'light' and 'heat'. There is no ahamkara or lack, no shadow.

Initiation requires precise qualifications. One must be ready. If there is no specific vocation, no deep calling, then there can be no talk of yoga, not even salvation in the Christian sense. There are no privileged ones or predestined persons. Not all are prepared to live it and they are the sleeping ones. Everyone contains within himself that immeasurable treasure which due to identification with what is perishable and fleeting, has been forgotten completely. Two great and authentic masters, Plato and Sankara, have shown us how to attain stable bliss and knowledge.