Showing posts with label Bhagavad Gita. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bhagavad Gita. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Does Yoga Mean?

 



The English term "yoke" is connected with the word yoga, which literally means "act of joining."

Similarly to how the latter term may apply to both the act of yoking and the item to which animals are yoked, yoga can refer to both the act or process of spiritual growth as well as a particular body of teachings that support this development.

The term "discipline" may express both of these connotations, and it is one of the most popular interpretations.

There are a variety of specialized teachings that call themselves yogas.

The earliest is described in the Yoga Sutras, which are attributed to the sage Patanjali; this method is referred regarded as ashtanga ("eight-limbed") yoga because of its eight components.


The three "paths" outlined by the deity Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, an important religious literature, are also well-known yogas: 

the yogas of action (karma), knowledge (jnana), and devotion (bhakti).

Another well-known yoga is kundalini yoga, which is purely internal and takes place in the subtle body, an alternate physiological system.

Kundalini yoga focuses on reawakening the kundalini, a dormant spiritual force that dwells in everyone, and reaping spiritual benefits as a result.


These are the most common categories of teachings, however many religious groups may refer to their religious practice as yoga: 

The Radha Soamis' surat-shabd yoga, the Brahma Kumaris' Raja Yoga, and the SYDA Foundation's Siddha Yoga are examples.

In some circumstances, the term is used to describe a religious group's distinctive teaching, which frequently contains aspects from traditional yoga articulations.


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Hinduism - What Is The Jnaneshvari?

 

The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most influential Hindu holy books, is the subject of a Marathi-language commentary.

The Jnaneshvari was written by Maharashtrian poet-saint Jnaneshvar, whose goals in authoring it were to make the Bhagavad Gita accessible to those who couldn't read it in its original Sanskrit form and to provide his own scholarly interpretation of the text's contents.

This emphasis on allowing ordinary people full access to religious life was a recurring theme in the (devotional) bhakti movement, and Jnaneshvar, like many other figures, is said to have faced significant opposition from brahmin priests who believed that such advanced teachings should not be revealed to the general public.

 


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