real meaning of the Religion becomes revealed to one who practices
the spiritual discipline. It can not be reconciled if one emphasizes
only the letter of the scriptures and overlooks the spirit and
inner meaning revealed in the books. One must have the faith in
those writings and understand the teachings through a teacher
and then he must analyze and subject it to rigorous reasoning.
this, having been convinced of the soundness of the doctrine of
the scriptures, one should meditate and experience the teachings
in the depths of contemplation. This is the true spirituality
and this is the practice of Yoga, which means the union of the
individual self with the Supreme Self.
Vedas gave different types of rules available for different kinds
of people to follow according to each one's understanding and
desire. The yogas are spiritual disciplines for daily living and
practice of religion for a devout Hindu. Yoga is not just repetition
of some unknown words and some exercises.
The Vedic teachings, as a guide, gave us four main paths for our
living and for practice of religion. They are the Karma Yoga,
Bhakthi Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Of the four yogas, Raja
Yoga deals with conditioning, control and development of the body
and mind through self-control, concentration and physical discipline.
They perform special breathing exercises, meditation and physical
Yoga or the path of knowledge is the deep study of the scriptures
and philosophy. It is the purest form of spiritual discipline
with the search for the impersonal reality. This is extremely
difficult for people who are still partly materialistic and are
constantly attached to their duties to the world and its being.
see Karma Yoga and Bhakthi Yoga followed as the two common methods
for daily living for all our people here. Thus, Hinduism is not
just a Religion, a blind faith or a cold philosophy for intellectuals
but the whole way of life and thinking for every day and for every
one to follow in their daily practice.