I've been focusing lately on the importance of deepening your connection with the Divine.
But, what exactly is the Divine? Who is God (or the gods)? What is the Universe?
After all, how can you hope to connect to something you're not even sure the nature of?
So, this week, I'll be focusing on God / the Universe. Today, I'll discuss in general my view of the nature of Divinity. On Thursday, I'll discuss the process of choosing a specific deity, if that is your path, and I'll give you my own experience in choosing mine.
But before I start, I want to give some caveats:
Firstly, these are all my opinions. If your view of the Divine is different, that's great. I've come to my conclusions through a lot of meditation and research. But, they are my conclusions.
The Universe couldn't care less how you see Divinity. You have to find what works for you. But, read through this post and see if what I say resonates. If not, let's discuss it in the comments. 🙂
Secondly, my practice is also my own. As I said in last Thursday's post, you can have a devotion to a god/goddess, angel, master, or whatever else you feel drawn to. I do suggest a devotion of some kind, but the nature of that devotion is totally personal.
In Hinduism, there are four basic paths to the Divine:
- Karma yoga: the path of action
- Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion
- Raja yoga: the path of meditation
- Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge
These paths, however, are not mutually exclusive. For instance, you can have a devotion to one or more deities (bhakti yoga), which inspires you to perform good works (karma yoga). Your mode of connection might be through meditation (raja yoga), and you might also inquire into the nature of the Self (jnana yoga).
But, they will all help you to connect with the Divine. As long as you are doing something, that's really all that can be asked. The rest is between you and the Universe.
With all that said, let's get started.