YOGA is Knowledge from most ancient times with origins in India. Yoga provides knowledge why the person came to this world, how he should live and how to develop spiritually.
The word yoga itself translates as union. It is a soul’s union with God. In the course of time, the knowledge of yoga has spread around the world, altered and gained colours and tones of the countries, nations, cultures and traditions where it stayed.
Why God gave the human two arms, two legs and eyes…How should the human exploit his body?
When God created the human body, he breathed great energy into it. It is the energy which ensures the person’s capability of thinking and acting. This is prana shakti – life energy. The soul has gone a long way in the evolution to obtain a human body and only due to this body, after passing through many development stages, it can reach perfection and unite with God. There is nothing else that has such an opportunity. Birth in a human body on Earth is the essential condition for the soul to grow spiritually and unite with God.
Sometimes the person finds it hard to perceive what the primary goal of his life is. Alongside doing his daily duties, the person should become aware of the goal of his existence on this Earth and find answers to the key questions “who am I?”, “where do I come from?” and “where do I go when my life ends?” Nobody has lived forever and nobody will – whether these were poor or rich people, rulers or commoners. Everybody will inevitably leave his body and go on a mysterious trip to the Otherworld. That is the Great Truth and nobody can defy it. Therefore, as long as the person has this body, he must come to know God – this force and energy which resides in this body.
Yoga has a concept of atma jnana. Atma is the soul, the highest spirit, jnana is knowledge. Atma jnani is the one who came to know himself, “who am I?”, who knows everything about his soul – that ”I” is a part of God who exists everywhere and in everything. When the person realizes that God lives in him as in every single particle in this Universe, that He exists in everything that surrounds the human – this is the state of brahma jnana. Brahma jnani sees God anywhere and in anything.
What does a human want? To be happy. This is why he lives, works and is ready to accomplish much. Seeking this state is the driving power of overall motion. The person searches for happiness and joy high and low. However, things bringing happiness and joy today, become trivial in the course of time, and he starts missing something again. He again pursues a new thing. A new search starts. Each time the state of happiness and joy remains temporary. Desires follow desires without leaving the person alone for one minute, and finally, after realizing them, the person still does not feel fully happy.
When the person chooses to go the yoga way, all this Knowledge will reveal itself to him.
Karma yoga and bhakti yoga are the ways of spiritual growth appropriate for people who lead secular lives. Karma is an act, any job performed by a person. Bhakti is love and devotion to God.