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What is Dharma?

What is Dharma? The word dharma has multiple meanings across Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. We’re going to explore one aspect of dharma that comes from Hinduism; the word dharma appears in many sacred Hindu texts like the Rig Vedas and the Upanishads. In this context, dharma...

What are Samskaras?

What are Samskaras? Think about something you do without thinking about it, like making breakfast in the morning or driving to work. You don’t need to think about the individual actions that make up those processes because they are habitual. This is a good thing when...

What are the Gunas?

What are the Gunas? “Gunas” are qualities or properties of life; the word “guna” is often translated as “thread,” as in the different threads that are woven together to make up reality. The three gunas are Sattva, Tamas, and Rajas. The gunas are present in everyone...

What is Jnana Yoga?

What is Jnana Yoga? Patanjali saw four paths for attaining the “union” of yoga. In past posts, we have discussed Karma yoga, or the yoga of service, Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion, and Raja yoga, or the royal path. Lastly, we have Jnana yoga,...

What is Raja Yoga?

What is Raja Yoga? Patanjali saw four paths for attaining the “union” of yoga. In past posts, we have discussed Karma yoga, or the yoga of service, and Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. This path, the one of Raja yoga, is considered the...

What is Bhakti Yoga?

“Devotion" is a loaded word, particularly in our secular world. You might associate devotion with a demand for blind faith or particular ideas about God. But Bhakti yoga is not meant to be restrictive or prescriptive. The path of Bhakti Yoga is about dedication, devotion,...

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