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Yoga comes from the Sanskrit verb yui which means to yoke or unite It is a union of the individual consciousness with the Infinite consciousness Fisher 89 The goal is to unite oneself with God and the practice of yoga is one of the paths that are taken to accomplish that goal There are four main paths of yoga Raja is the path of physical and mental control Karma is the path of action Bhakti is the path of devotion and Jnana is the path of knowledge or wisdom RobertsRaja yoga is often referred to the royal path of meditation The Hindus are more familiar with this type of yoga because it was popularized in the West Fisher 89 The belief of raja yoga is that the perception of the divine Self is obscured by the disturbances of the mind They believe that if the mind can be made still and pure then the Self will automatically and instantaneously shine forth The central teaching of raja yoga is meditation Absolute mental control is achieved through meditation concentration and breathing They believe that when the mind is not restless they are closer to self-awareness The physical side of yoga is known as Hatha It teaches control of the body through postures control of breathing and relaxation RobertsKarma yoga is known as the path of action It is also known as the path of dedicated work Since karma is both action and the result of action whether good or bad the practice of karma yoga achieves union with God through the right action and selfless service Roberts Those who follow the karma path act without thought of reward or gainThose who practice bhakti yoga follow a path of love and devotion This path is most popular among the Indian followers of Sanatana Dharma Fisher 92 The bhakta follower attains God-realization-oneness with the Divine through the force of love which is the most powerful emotion that one could
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