As I tried to write this blog post last night I couldn't figure out what the three paths of yoga were or where I could find them. I read and reread the first twelve chapters of the Gita to no avail. I obviously skipped over the commentary because upon looking back at it, it clearly told me that the Bhagavad-Gita is divided into three sets of 6 chapters each dealing with a different path of yoga. The first six chapters or yogas as they are called represent action. The next six are known as Bhakti and deal with devotion. The final six, known as Jnana, deal with intellect. Each of these paths is a means of reaching towards the divine in an attempt to reach an ultimate consciousness or union with God.
I find myself to resonate most with Jnana Yoga or the pursuit of the divine through intellect. So much of my spiritual journey since arriving at Baylor has been an intellectual pursuit. My introduction to philosophy, to the cave, and to Plato and Aristotle diverted me off the path that I had arrived here on and showed to me that other ideas exist. I could no longer put God in a box or even conceptualize anything resembling the old man with a flowing white beard imagery that I had been presented my whole life. As I delved deeper into my studies I began to find traces of the divine in everything. In music and art, in a well written line and a well spoken sentence, in suffering and pain, I began to see something greater behind all of it. I could no longer claim that any particular group had a monopoly on truth, that seemed an ignorant approach. I have much too logical and analytical of a mind to just accept that a singular path works for all people. I have not yet read fully the chapters dealing with Jnana however I sense that I will pull a great deal of wisdom from them.