•Whatever karma phalam we get we should accept it as prasada
•The aim of our Sadhana is to have the strength of mind to accept whatever the result of our actions.
•Om Sarve Bavantu Sukhinaha
•Sarve santu niramayaha
•Sarve bhadrami pashyantu
•Ma kaschid dukha bak bavate
Karma Yogagives Manojaya
•Moksha is attained only through self-knowledge.
•Self-knowledge is gained only through a prepared mind.
•This preparation of the mind is called manojaya .
•Karma Yoga gives is Manojaya.
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
Symbolic meaning: I meditate on That Sun who is the illumine of the three worlds(Body Mind & Intellect), who is an ideal of tireless service, the warmth of love and light of knowledge. May That Sun illumine our Intellect and inspire us to grow Holistically in life.
Upāsana Yoga Meditations.
•The purpose of Upāsana Yoga is to make our personality fit for the accomplishment of the Purushārtha
•'Upasana' in Sanskrit literally means "Sitting near"
•A method to come close to God
•Upasana is a mental activity involving meditating upon some aspect of nature and see it as God.
•Important Gita and Upanishad Mantras
Upasana Yoga for a restless mind
•parāñci khāni vyatṛṇat svayambhῡs
•tasmāt parāṅ paśyati nāntarātman:
•kaś cid dhīraḥ pratyag-ātmānam aikṣad
•āvṛtta-cakṣur amṛtatvam icchan.
•In Kathopanishad, our very personality is compared to a vehicle for reaching the goal.
•Just as a vehicle should be in a fit condition for travelling and successfully reaching the goal, our personality must be in a fit condition to attain our Purusharthas.
The three Layers
•Kāyikam. the body.
•Vāchikam the speech.
•Manasa– our mind.
•Anudvega Karam (Hurt)
•Priyam (Pleasing )
Upasana. Mental Activity - 6th chapter of the Gita.
By constantly keeping one’s attention on the Source, the ego is dissolved in that Source, like a salt doll in the sea.
Bhaktimeans - Devotion
Bhakti is love directed towards a higher principle, reverential or sacred like parents, Guru, Nation or God
God as Means or God as Goal.
Who do you love the most?
Everyone loves himself or herself the most.
Self love is most intense.
Means Love, End Love, Self Love.
There is a gradation in the intensity of love.
Love of the means is the least in its intensity,
Love of the end is mediocre.
Love of oneself is the highest form of love.
Manda, Madhyama, Uttama
Means love is called Manda,
End love is called Madhyama
Self love is called Uttama based on the intensity of love.
Love towards God The intensity of love depends upon how you look upon God.
Is God a means,
Is God my goal
Do I see God as My Self- Soham Asmi .
God is dear, dearer, dearest.
What is Bhakti Yoga ?
Bhakti Yoga is not an exclusive or separate Sadhana.
It is the entire range of disciplines consisting of all the three sadhanas.
The first stage of Bhakti Yoga is Karma Yoga.
The second stage is Upāsana Yoga
The last stage is Jnāna Yoga.
Karma Bhakti Yoga
In Karma Yoga, the attitude is dedicating all actions to the Lord and accepting without resistance all the consequences of my actions.
Therefore a Karma Yogi should necessarily have Bhakti all the time because every action is dedicated to the Lord.
In Upāsana Yoga, I have to meditate upon the Lord for developing mental discipline and integration.
How can I meditate upon Lord if I don’t have Bhakti – these include Mānasa Pūja, Mānasa Pārāyanam, Mānasa Japa.
Therefore Upāsana Yoga must also take place in the atmosphere of Bhakti.
Before any study of scriptures, we start with a prayer and end with a prayer.
In Jnāna Yoga we are enquiring into our own real nature, discovering the identity of our real nature with the nature of God. therefore self-realisation or discovery is nothing but God discovery.
Therefore Jnāna Yoga also involves Bhakti.Principle of God Jnanam of God
When we talk of Bhakti, it is love or devotion towards God.
Without understanding the principle of God, how can we discuss the topic of devotion?
Because integral part of love is the object of love.
3 Definitions of God
Scriptures give three definitions of God depending on the maturity of the seeker and the intellectual calibre of the seeker.
Scriptures give three definitions of God
God as the Creator. Ekha Roopa.
God as the Creation. Aneka Roopa.
God as the Support. Aroopa.God as the Support of the World
first, we said, God created the world, and now we say, God, has become the world.
Third is Jagat Adhishthānam Īshvara
This is the highest and the toughest and the culmination. In this we say, God did not become the world. This is because the next question will be – Are the ugly things, God, as well? How can I accept bad also as God?
ArūpaĪshvara – formless God.
And since God transcends all the superficial forms of the creation, no particular form belongs to God. Therefore that God is Adhishthānam Īshvara is Arūpa Īshvara – formless God.
Bhakti. Based on Intensity ofLove of God
Sādhanā based Bhakti
Karma Yoga Rūpa Bhakti,
Upāsana Yoga Rūpa Bhakti
Jnāna Yoga Rūpa Bhakti
Bhakti based on my understanding of God –
Eka Rūpa Bhakti,
Aneka Rūpa Bhakti
Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-IdamPuurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate