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Yoga in the Bhagavad-gita

It is often said that we don’t find yoga, but that yoga finds us. That something in our life, in the universe, responds to our readiness to benefit from what yoga has to offer us and then presents us with an invitation. Our willingness to accept that invitation is entirely up to us. How receptive we are to such an invitation usually reflects what kind of perceptions we have of yoga.
What is yoga? What will it do for me?
The Bhagavad-gita is an encyclopedia of yoga. The word yoga and its verbal form yukta appear 114 times in the 700 verses of the Bhagavad-gita. Contrary to what some may think, yoga is not just the bodily postures most of the western world associates it with, but rather, it encompasses a wide range of ways to connect with one’s highest potential.
The Bhagavad-gita defines yoga throughout its eighteen chapters as such:

  1. Yoga is clear, discerning, totally voluntary, dynamic participation in one’s life.
  2. Yoga is everlasting, primal, revealing, the archetypal light and fueled by love.
  3. Yoga is the sacrifice that elevates us, motivates us, and does so in a manner harmonious to all other living beings.
  4. Yoga is selfless, cleansing, freeing, balancing, inspiring, and joyfully performed.
  5. Yoga is based on a vision in which one experiences peaceful connection with all life around them.
  6. Yoga is nourished in the company of other yoga practitioners, by offerings of love, and the understandings they give rise to.
  7. Yoga is the heightened sensitivity and awareness of all life around us and within us. It is an out-pour of love in reciprocation with life’s wonder and beauty.
  8. Yoga is fearless and illuminating and it is a journey that does not end with death.Yoga is the vision that excludes nothing from its practice.
  9. Yoga is the intimate connection with the whole universe, with eternal realms even beyond the manifested universe, and with our own being’s endless capacity to love.
  10. Yoga is the pure, determined force that moves us toward the mysterious and secret, and connects us with the wonderfulness of existence, of being and of all life.
“The above definitions of yoga by Krishna Kanta Dasi have been excerpted from her writings in the book Yoga in the Gita”
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