What is next in our continued Meditation/Discussion class?

Discover your true nature

Discover your true nature

Preview of the topics we’ll cover in our discussion/meditation class in the 1st Quarter 2015

 In this quarter our theme is Kriya Yoga, which integrates three different yogic paths. Together, they are often called Yoga in Action. The three paths are:

  • Bhakti Yoga (love and devotion)
  • Karma Yoga (service)
  • Jnana Yoga (intuitive knowledge and wisdom)

Usually, Bhakti yoga is listed last. However in the Yoga Sutras the study of the principles of Bhakti Yoga precedes the introduction of Kriya yoga.

This makes perfect sense. Anything we do without love and devotion will only take us a certain distance. If the motivation is not right, our energy may not carry us to our goal.

Our everyday language reflects the attributes we give to the heart and its power to overcome great challenges. We talk about the heart of a warrior, of an athlete or even a race horse. If we discover what makes our heart sing, we will find the stamina to overcome all obstacles and grow wings that carry us to our destination. The same is true for the spiritual path. We need to be able to connect deeply with the path we have chosen.

Today, many believe that Patanjeli’s Yoga Sutras were written in the 2nd century B.C. at the cross roads of antiquity, in a thriving city along the Silk Road. All the wisdom from East and West, from China, India, Egypt and Greece was gathered here and brought into a logical, conclusive sequence of 196 aphorisms or sutras. When applied to our daily life, they are not only life-changing but also lead us to discoveries about which we did not even dare to dream. Suddenly a fresh breeze clears our mind. This allows us to see things in a new way and give them new meaning.

Even if you missed the first three months of our study, don’t worry. You’ll catch up soon as the most important ideas show up repeatedly throughout the sutras. This will help us to understand the crucial themes on an ever deeper level.

We will continue our heart-centered exploration and practice through lecture, discussion and meditation, a journey on which we allow our heart to lead the way. Join us on Wednesdays at 7:45 pm and see if this journey is for you.


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