“Yoga” in the Sanskrit language means to get connected to the Self or to God. In the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita (SBG), Lord Krishna has enumerated various kinds of yoga techniques, which are related to control of the senses, almsgiving, breathe control; sacrifices of wealth, penance, self-study, wisdom et cetera. A common mind gets confused as to which practice should be adopted, how, and for what purpose. Normally people are attracted to four categories of Yogis according to Hinduism, enumerated below:
- Yogis who perform miracles
Normally, common people pay tribute to a miracle performer. Such a performer attracts disciples easily and makes them believe that he is God. The miracle yogi Sai Baba used to say: “I am God and you are too, the difference is – I know and you don’t know that you are God.” Naturally, devotees consider their Guru as their God and follow their teachings.
- Raj Yogis
These Yogis enjoy the best of luxuries, travel around in their own private jets, et cetera. In modern times Bhagwan Rajneesh is counted in this category. In old scriptures of Hinduism there is also mention of a few kings who were philosopher kings.
- Intellect Yogis
Swami Vivekananda, who attracted foreigners from the USA, Europe and Japan, was renowned for his intellectual powers by which he mesmerized listeners. He could speak on any topic. Once he was asked to speak on zero and he spoke for a long time.
- Hath Yogis
These Yogis can control and delay their impending death. Their followers now adopt Ashtanga Yoga. Please see my article: The spiritual plan for a healthy and satisfying life <http://www.powertoshare.com/dropzone/articles/2012/02/the-spiritual-plan-for-a-healthy-and-satisfying-life/.
I belong to the fourth category. I have survived death in 1977 and had a near death experience (NDE) in 2011. (Please see my articles: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed! and T…..R…..R…..R…..BHAMM – witnessing a divine body!)
Among all these Yogis those who have intellect and God-realization are the ones who can bestow grace on us. Even a simple God-realized saint is capable to grace us, not only the intellect yogi.
SP Sharma, India
I was born on 8 December 1945 and had self-realisation on 20 August 1977 at the age of 32. Thereafter I automatically shifted to the devotion path and a sort of relationship developed with God. Starting as a servant to God, then friendliness with God and then started liking God in child form. There is nothing left except to enjoy divine love and feel its presence in the whole world.