withdrawing from almost any contact with the sensory world
This path, since it involves removing all modifications and qualities of Consciousness, is referred to as the nivritti marg (vritti=qualification, ni=removal, marg=path). The technique utilized for this is called Kundalini Yoga.
It is extraordinarily difficult, and consumes one's entire life. The ability to function in ordinary circumstances is lost at times, crises occur which may endanger the practitioner's life and sanity, and ultimately the ego is annihilated. Absolute celibacy is required, as well as a life of austerity and seclusion. Statistically speaking, the chances of successfully completing this path are very small.
Obviously, it is a rare individual who even wishes to attempt this endeavor.
The alternative to this is the “incomplete path” or pravritti marga – which is typical of what is being practiced in current yoga circles
“ Instead of completely surrendering the will to prana, the individual can consciously ascertain which activities are most conducive to evolution, and apply the will towards their performance. The ego is not dissolved in this path, and evolution occurs at a more tolerable level. This approach enables the practitioner to manifest his or her unique talents and callings in the realm of society and relationships, without having to withdraw.” k
This will not fundamentally alter the psychology of the individual and will not have the sought after rehabilitation of the ecology of virtue
These are nine standard modes of devotional service to the Lord, and a candidate can choose to adopt any one, two, three, four or all, however he likes. All the services rendered to the Absolute are in themselves absolute, with none of the quantitative or qualitative differences found on the material platform. On the spiritual platform everything is identical with everything else, although there is transcendental variety.
Bhakti yoga provides speedier and more efficient results than mystic yoga. (Through circumvention of time and space.)
In mystic yoga journey and goal are separate
“ Master yogis who control the antimaterial particle within the material body by practice of mystic powers can give up their material bodies at will at a certain opportune moment and can thus enter the antimaterial worlds through a specific thoroughfare which connects the material and antimaterial worlds.”
This changes the rules of the game and destabilizes the false ego’s control:
“A person acting in [bhakti] consciousness works for the satisfaction of the whole, without self-interest. A God conscious person has no desire for self-satisfaction. His criterion of success is the satisfaction of God, and thus he is the perfect yogi.” Acbsp