the Five Yogas

As I understand it there are five Yogas. The aim of yoga is moksha or nirvana, which is liberation from all worldly identification and the cycle of birth and death (samsara), at which point there is a realization of identity with Ajah. The aim of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility through meditating on the unity of Ajah.

The Five systems for attaining liberation are:

  1. Bhakti Yoga: Union with God through devotion
  2. Karma Yoga: Union with God through selfless action
  3. Jnana Yoga: Union With God through Wisdom
  4. Raja Yoga: Union with God through focused meditation
  5. Tantra Yoga: Union with God through the manipulation of the subtle energies.
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