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Are you an unwitting karma yogi ?

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Brendan D. Murphy: As personalities, we were all "born" from the One timeless consciousness — the Eternal/Absolute/Brahman — and it is back to this awareness that we all wend our unique paths. There are as many paths back to Reality as there are people—and we all arrive in the end. The yogi philosophy teaches that the best way to accelerate one's personal spiritual evolution and thus, the journey home, is through the practice of yoga. There are considered to be three primary sub-categories of yoga: Raja yoga, Gnani yoga, and Karma yoga.

We're going to focus on Karma yoga here, because in a fast-paced and materialistic world where many people feel burdened by a sense of powerlessness, misfortune, heavy responsibility, and/or dreary obligations, the option of sitting, meditating and living like a yogi may seem neither practical nor appealing.

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There was one major yoga which was left out: Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. Christianity is a prime example of Bhakti Yoga, according to the way some Hindu/Vedantic thinkers interpret it. As I understand it, a prime example of Jnana Yoga would be Buddhism, which stresses direct knowledge of the Ultimate Reality without relying on devotion to a personal God. (However, Buddhism does have a Bhakti Yoga and Christian Gnostics stress direct knowledge of the Divine, or Jnana Yoga.) These two Yogas are on the surface diametrically opposed, but they are said to lead to the same Goal. The seeker is free to choose his particular Yoga according to his conscience and his capabilities. A person might not be suited for Karma Yoga, for instance, but he might be able to progress quickly in Jnana Yoga or Bhakti Yoga.

Needless to say, I've been greatly influenced by Vedantic teachings for most of my life.

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No, I.m A Dharma bum.

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