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115Need to understand each of the paths of yoga

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  • swamijb
    May 27, 2002
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      Swami J's Newsletter

      May 27, 2002

      Dear Friends,

      In order to understand and choose a path for enlightenment, one
      should thoroughly understand the philosophical and psychological
      foundations on which the various paths are based, for without this
      basic knowledge it is not possible to understand the different paths
      in their proper perspective.

      Before one is actually ready to choose a path for himself, he must
      understand the internal and external architecture of life, and then
      alone determine to practice the philosophy that he has chosen.

      Philosophy is not mere speculation related only to the thinking
      world, nor is it merely an expression of societal or religious norms.
      One's philosophy should be built, just like a mansion, and then
      one should live in it.*

      In loving service,

      Swami Jnaneshvara

      * Swami Rama, Choosing a Path (which describes the paths of Jnana,
      Bhakti, Karma, Raja, Laya, and Kundalini Yogas)