Thursday
Dec272012

Advaita Life Coaching and Bhakti

I get asked from time to time what Advaita Life Coaching has to say about Bhakti as a practice from within the Indian traditions. This is a timely question, given the almost rock star prominence given to Krishna Das, an exponent of Kirtan, a vehicle for Bhakti expression.

The Bhagavad Gita speaks of three methods that may be used to begin to understand our nature: Karma, Bhakti and Jnana. In the ALC approach, we propose an eclectic mix, to be personally customized by the individual depending on where they find themselves at a particular time in their life cycle. And our life cycles have their ups and downs. What may fit us as a practice in a particular year in our lives, may change as our experiences change a few years down the road. Some may discover that a particular mix of methods suits them and it may become integrated into their daily practice for rest of their lives.

I am writing this short note for those who already know something about Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. A blog post is not a place to expound or even begin to define each of these three methods, let alone speak to mixing them into customized blends. Given the ubiquitous nature of the www search engines, those of you who have not yet heard of these methods, and are curious, will doubtless launch into your own cyber search. It is not the search outside that will give you the answers that will help you. For that, as most of you already know, you would need to introspect.

Introspect on what? Begin with introspection of the roles you are playing currently in your daily, weekly, monthly lives. Productive contemplation will begin to lead you to understanding what methods of practice will help you best.

How to begin this very first step of productive contemplation is something that ALC approach helps you do in a practical way. It is the first step by which you begin to empower yourself.

I will write more about Bhakti in future posts.

Jayant Kalawar is the author of The Advaita Life Practice, available at Amazon.

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