What is bhakti yoga? The most important Yoga for Yoga teachers to practice today.


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Atma yoga teacher training combines Hatha and Bhakti yoga. Bhaki yoga is described in the ancient sanskrit texts as the yoga for the Modern era. It is the easiest yoga to practice and is based on the chanting of mantras.

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What is bhakti yoga? The most important Yoga for Yoga teachers to practice today.

  1. 1. What is Bhakti Yoga?
  2. 2. What is Bhakti yoga? Could it be at long last… Love
  3. 3. The journey back <ul><li>From the beginning of time man has wondered why they are here… </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a place of God or of nature accidentally drawn from a primeval void. </li></ul><ul><li>Do we have souls? If so from where do they arise? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Why do people long to be near the beautiful? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it make them feel beautiful? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why do wish to be near the rich? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it because we are poor? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Why do we desire to be known by the famous? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we afraid of ignobility? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Why do we admire so intensely the intelligent? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we daunted by our own ignorance? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Why are we captivated by the powerful? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we weak? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Why are we drawn to the renounced? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we so illusioned? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it make us feel saintly to be near them? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Or is there something deep within us; tugging at the elbows of our mind? </li></ul><ul><li>Does some memory smolder at the far edge of our soul’s present dream? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it God we seek as we peer into the ifnight? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Our infinite paucity <ul><li>Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>William James (1842–1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Varieties of Religious Experience, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Bhakti yoga shares this disdain for an indifferent God… </li></ul><ul><li>But if bhakti is not about the God of religion then what? </li></ul>
  13. 13. A visit to the spiritual world <ul><li>Imagine waking up in a different world… the anti matter world </li></ul>
  14. 18. Bhakti can happen in this world <ul><li>There are two stages of Bhakti yoga - sädhana-bhakti and rägänugä-bhakti: </li></ul><ul><li>Rägänugä-bhakti is the stage of spontaneous love of Godhead, whereas </li></ul><ul><li>sädhana-bhakti means the conscientious practice of the regulative principles of bhakti yoga. </li></ul>
  15. 19. The goal of Atma Yoga <ul><li>In accordance with the particular nature one has acquired in conditioned life, whatever one does with body, words, mind, senses, intelligence or purified consciousness one should offer to the Divine, thinking, “This is for the pleasure and love of God.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bhagavata Purana </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>