Today, there are many young and elderly people alike who do not experience the inner solace they desire just with temple visits and in our advanced years, temple visits may also be a torture when we become weak and immobile. How do we access God then?
Prayers at temples seem impersonal where we need a ‘middleman’, so to speak, to convey our gratitude and requests to God. This can’t be true. God created all equally, we are His children. He is the father of all of us, so why should we not have a direct path to Him? Jnana Yoga tells us that we in fact do and shows us the path with detailed information that we can read and apply that God is personal as He is impersonal. It is a step-by-step guide to understand and living life in the best possible way, free of sorrow and suffering by realising that the doer of everything is God.
Many Hindus are not aware of the various paths to reach God and believe that temples are the only way to do so. At the ashram the guru asked us, “If you believe that God resides only in temples, then what happens when you leave the temple? Does it mean that God is no longer with you?”
Good question guru!
This got me thinking, and it is true. We all know that God is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (unlimited power) and omniscient (knowing everything). God is EVERYWHERE!
We get to understand this ‘knowledge’ not the way we understand the hundreds of wonderful wise posts we find on social media, but we are explained how everything works and who we truly as spirits with all the connections – no gaps, so understanding this subject become completely coherent for the mind.
It is packed with comprehensive messages and thoughts that anyone seeking Truth and the meaning of life will enjoy. And I only found this out, as one of the many revelations, by reading the Hindu scriptures.
It said that the Bhagavad Gita burns the ignorance in man and by that also burns the ropes of entanglement, setting him free. The Bhagavad Gita is ‘Jnana Yoga’. It is also said in the Gita that reading the Holy Gita is an austerity or sacrifice, and one’s karma will also be eliminated by His grace. Just by reading one gets to remove karma, so the benefit of the ‘knowledge’ itself seems like a huge bonus to man. For those seeking liberation from worldly bondage, and a direct and personalised access to God should opt for this path.