Yoga is more than just a physical exercise. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root Yuj which means to link up with, or combine. Bhakti is derived from the Sanskrit word bhaj, which means – loving service. Bhakti-yoga means to connect to the Supreme by means of loving devotional service.
The Bhagavad Gita, the core spiritual text for ISKCON, describes variety of yoga practices. Among them are karma-yoga (the practice of conscious action), jnana-yoga (philosophical study and contemplation), and hatha-yoga (the practice of yoga-asanas and breathing exercises).
Today, some yoga practitioners consider the physical benefits of yoga to be the end in themselves. But according to the traditional yoga systems, physical exercises are just one step on path of God realization. The Gita ultimately prescribes bhakti-yoga (the path of dedication and love) as the culmination of other yoga practices. Bhakti-yoga focuses on developing our dedication, service and love for the Divinity, Lord Krishna.
The path of bhakti-yoga is developed through a variety of activities. These include mantra meditation, or the chanting of the names of God. The chanting is done either individually on beads (japa) or in community by chanting mantras accompanied by music (kirtan). The study of sacred texts such as the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, associating with like-minded spiritual aspirants, eating sanctified vegetarian food, and living in a way that upholds the principles of truthfulness, mercy, austerity, and cleanliness, are all core practices for a life of follower of bhakti.
Bhakti Yoga at NCSU
AT NCSU there are hundreds of courses and organizations to provide you with the information you’ll need to get a good job and start a successful career. But, incredibly, there are few courses, if any, which help you to understand what you are. So where’s the higher learning? Shouldn’t time also be spent on cultivating a deeper understanding of life and how to mold an existence of meaning and purpose?
Many people go through life focusing only on working, accumulating possessions, and generally advancing materially. In due time, they become riddled with anxiety because these things do not, ultimately, bring lasting happiness. They wonder: “Is this all there is to life? What is the purpose of life? Why am I here on earth? Where is ‘peace’ and why don’t I feel it?”
By attending the Bhakti Yoga Club, you can create a balanced life by learning a philosophically sound process of self-realization—the science of Bhakti Yoga. You won’t be troubled by life’s existential questions because you will have examined them—and found answers. Throughout life, a good job is nice to have—but a peaceful mind (that comes from knowledge of the self) is even better. Why not strive to have both?
Bhakti Yoga isn’t difficult to learn. No limber body is required. No fees are charged by the Club.
Join other like-minded students and community members and learn the basics of this science of self-realization. Bhakti Yoga has a rich scholarly tradition and includes many philosophical literatures. The Bhagavad-gita, the fundamental text used in the Bhakti Yoga Club’s programs, delineates the ABC’s of spiritual life, and forms the basis of our study. The dynamic principles contained in the Bhagavad-gita are nonsectarian, and contain the building blocks of spiritual life which are used by the major philosophical and religious traditions of the world.
The American Transcendentalist Society (Thoreau, Emerson, et. al.), as well as writers John Greenleaf Whittier, Walt Whitman, and T.S. Eliot were all greatly influenced by the Bhagavad-gita, and studied it routinely.
The SEVA Bhakti Yoga Club is an authorized and registered club at NCSU, and meets regularly on Thursday evenings for a program of mantra meditation, a short class and discussion of a Bhagavad-gita verse, and a free vegetarian dinner!!. Everyone is welcome.
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VENU: North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Timing: Every Thursday @ 6:30 pm
Contact: Aditya Narayan
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