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Choose One of the Four Major Paths of Hindu “Discipline” (I.E. Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga or Bhakti Yoga) and Explain Its Approach to Religious Self-Transformation in Terms of the Foundational Principles of

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Choose one of the four major paths of Hindu “discipline” (i.e. Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga or Bhakti Yoga) and explain its approach to religious self-transformation in terms of the foundational principles of Hinduism—Brahman, Atman, Karma and Moksha. In Hinduism, there are four main ways to reach towards the divine reality, whether the ultimate goal is a better life, union with the divine, or a release from life. Each yoga puts on its followers a set of actions that help lead the practitioner towards their goal. The yogas are Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, and Raja yoga. For meditative people, there is raja yoga, the path of mental concentration. For rational people, there is jnana yoga, the path of rational inquiry. For naturally active people, there is karma yoga, the path of right action. For emotional people, there is bhakti yoga, the path of devotion.. These are all spiritual approaches to understanding the divine world. the fundamental Hindu principle that one’s moral actions have unavoidable and automatic effects on one’s fortunes in this life and condition of rebirth in the next. Karma Yoga originally focused on varnasrama-dharma which focus on the performance of actions in accordance with the duties associated with one’s caste and stage of life. By acting in accordance with the principles of varnasrama-dharma, one gradually worked through the four major stages of life who are the student, the householder, the forest-dweller and the renunciate towards ultimate release from the cycle of rebirth also known as moksha though the process might take many lifetimes to complete. Karma-yoga or the Path of Action allows the man to lead an active life in the world or to perform duties allotted to him. It is the attitude that counts and not the nature of the work the person have to do. the law of Karma implies that everything a man does determines his destiny, it is the law of cause and effect. So Karma-yoga prescribes...
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