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Q & A: Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Gyan yoga: Are they all same?
 
There are various ways to achieve GOD realization – Bhakti yog, karma yog, gyan yog etc, but do they have the same experience in achieving the God? Meaning everyone achieving the truth has to open the chakras and the kundlini corrects each of them to flow completely. But do you think people following Bhakti yog and karma yog go through this process?

Lalita (Name changed), USA

Here is my view on – Do all yogas follow the same internal path – of Kundalini

Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyan yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga

Even though there are several ways to achieve God - like Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyan yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga, they are only ornamentally different, meaning its external application in realization of the God may be different, but the process and the principle within has to be the same. Example: The ornaments of Gold appear very different from each other but the principle behind those ornaments is exactly the same – It is the GOLD.

In every path (yoga) towards the God, the prana shakti (kundalini) must travel from the base of muladhara chakra, passing through other chakras on the way to sahastradhara chakra.

Self-realization is the pinnacle point of human life:

The Pinnacle point of human life is where the self-realization is attained (enlightenment, God-consciousness, nirvana, moksha etc). This moksha or Chaitanya or Sat-chit-anand is achieved only when the kundalini becomes stable in the sahastradhara chakra (thousand petals lotus).

The ONLY reason kundalini will travel from the muladhara chakra to sahastradhara chakra is the cleansing of the 'subtle body' or ‘pranik body’ (Kundalini is one of the primary components of man's 'subtle body', which consists of 72,000 nadis - subtle energy channels, chakras - psychic centers, prana - subtle energy, and bindu - drop of essence.) This cleansing can happen ONLY when the person attains high levels of Sattva guna – rather clinzing itself means reducing the tama and raja gunas that will increase sattva guna. Therefore, whether the person knows or not, every yoga is directed towards raising the levels of sattva guna. Higher the sattva guna closer the person is to the God. We as human beings carry extremely low levels of sattva guna and that is the only reason we are away from the God.

So here is the relationship between sattva guna and the God:

sattva guna is the seed – Good Karma is the tree – Consequence of the Karma is the fruit
sattva guna = Satwik Karma = Satwik fruit = Person is closer to the God
Now, to answer your question: Do you think people following Bhakti yog and karma yog go through this process? My answer is emphatic YES.

Kundalini must travel from muladhara chakra to sahastradhara chakra

Every individual attaining the God will have their kundalini travel from muladhara chakra to sahastradhara chakra (thousand petals lotus). But it is not necessary they will be aware of this travel or the process within. Ex: The person deeply in Bhakti yoga is extremely immersed in the love for the God, this causes his sattva guna to overcome his Raja and Tamo gunas. His sattva guna is raised to the highest possible levels. This causes complete cleansing of his pranik body, which causes the kundalini to travel from muladhara to sahastradhara chakra. It is highly likely that they won’t even know that this process (of kundalini travel) has occurred, simply because they are experiencing only the love (bliss) of the God on their way to attain that bliss itself.

Hope this answers your questions.

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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