Dialogues with Holistic Scientist on Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga

May 01, 2016

Seeker  : Kindly explain about Karma Yoga and Raj Yoga.

Holstic Scientist : 
Karma Yoga is to live according to karma. Here, one is not independent, he acts according to the thoughts coming to his mind.

Seeker  :
Is it a path to self-realization and liberation ?

Holstic Scientist : 
No, it is a path that leads one to the cycles of birth and death in the world, because in karma yoga ones acts are guided by the thoughts occurring in his mind.

Seeker  :
What about Raj Yoga?

Holstic Scientist : 
In Raj Yoga one lives keeping focus on his goal. One decides a goal for his life. There are basically two kinds of life-goals; whether I want to attain liberation or whether I want to earn credits-auspicious Karmas (punya) for happiness in this world.

Seeker  :
Is that a path to liberation ?

Holstic Scientist :  
Yes, provided one correctly understands Raj Yoga. In Raj-Yoga one lives independently with a firm and clear goal for his life, whether it is to attain celestial life or to attain liberation. Then, in the course of living, when your mind guides you to do something, you will do it if is conducive to attaining your goal otherwise you will not succumb to it.

Seeker  :
This does not seem easy. How can we know if the mind is driving us somewhere else ?

Holstic Scientist :  
You come to know since you have clearly decided your goal.

Seeker  :
That happens with the help of intellect.

Holstic Scientist : 
Yes, you can understand with the help of intellect as you have a soul inside. You gradually attain the experience of the soul….1%, 2%, 5%, 10% ……like that. When you experience suffocation under certain difficult circumstances something shows you ‘do this’, ‘don't do this’. This is the Gyan, what do you call it 

Seeker  :
Intuition.

Holstic Scientist : 
That vision gradually opens up….10%, 15%, 25%, 50%....It does not become 100% at a time. It is a development that shows you that this is right or this is not right for you; this is not shown by your intellect but by the development of your Self (soul). One does not become a Pure Soul all of a sudden. When you have attained 50-60% development and you meet a living fully enlightened person (Gyani Purush), he helps you to fill the gap and you attain full self-realisation.

Seeker  :
What is Bhakti Yoga ? 

Holstic Scientist : 
Bhakti (devotion) develops to the extent of development of your Gyan (right knowledge). Both Gyan and Bhakti proceed side by side but first is Gyan- say it is 15%- 25%- 50% ......and that is followed by gradual development of Bhakti to that extent.

Seeker  :
Kindly explain with an example.

Holstic Scientist :          
You want to go to Airport. You first obtain the knowledge about the route to airport and keeping that in mind you start proceeding towards the airport. Isn't it? Bhakti means to approach closer and closer (to your goal). If you do not know the route and have not planned accordingly, how will you proceed correctly towards your destination ? So, you first need to know whose Bhakti you are doing. People do not understand Bhakti in its true sense.

Raj Yoga is the planning, the direction about the route towards your goal provided one receives the right knowledge about this from a living fully enlightened person (Gyani Purush).

Seeker  :
And what is Gyan Yoga ?

Holstic Scientist : 
It is Raj Yoga only with the right knowledge about the route and planning the journey towards the goal of liberation.

Seeker  :
I think what our soul shows as right is the correct way. Our own Soul is the Guru ?

Holstic Scientist : 
But what is the level of development of your Self. Say, if it is 40% how can it guide for progress towards the development level of say, 50%? You need someone who is ahead of you in the path of development say, 80%- 90%-100%. Do you agree ?

Seeker : 
Right, Sir. I am grateful to you for bestowing the right knowledge about Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.