Amavasya Yoga: Philosophy and Practice
Though all yogic paths intersect and overlap, I have divided this website into four major categories: Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga, in the hope that, despite their inherent oneness, their division here will give us a good paradigm for discussing a range of practices, proclivities, experiences and intentions.
Each of these branches is a science of self-realization whose ultimate goal is to carry the practitioner away from the suffering, entrapped egoic mind toward liberation into divine reality.
To be daring with my shorthand, Hatha Yoga uses the body, breath, mind and prana as it’s principle vehicle; the vehicle of Bhakti Yoga is pure devotion; Jnana Yoga proceeds through study and wisdom, and Karma Yoga attains the goal through action, or good works.
The delightful thing about these sub-sciences is that since each is founded on the broad back of innumerable and inestimable sages, each is supreme. None is inherently better than the other. Therefore, the practitioner is completely free to choose….and is in fact obliged to choose….the path that best suits and inspires him/her.
I have a passion for all four of these paths, though my bhakti practice is the one that most infuses and is fed by the others. So there’s my proclivity.
But this website is not about proclivities. The gift I most hope to offer is comfort, if even only a drop.
I want comfort you, gentle reader, by demonstrating, incontrovertibly, and repeating incessantly, that no situation is hopeless. As crushed, paralyzed, or enslaved as we may ever be, as seemingly trapped in physical, mental, emotional or spiritual adversity….nothing is ever lost. There is always hope. Nothing is ever lost. There is always hope. Nothing is ever lost. There is always hope.