Why do you come up here, to the Rock of Prayer at sunrise every morning? Some come because they want to be like everybody else; others for the aesthetic pleasure they get out of it. How many of you come for the sake of the infinitely noble work that you can do here, or in order to understand the sun a little better? Very few!
And this is why I want to talk to you about what the sun means and how important it is, and about all the possibilities, all the treasures it can give us, for it will help you enormously if your ideas on the subject are clearer. Then you will be able to do some really valid, important spiritual work.
Types of Yoga for different temperaments
These days, yoga has become a popular subject of discussion. In fact I have sometimes talked to you myself about all the different types of yoga that come principally from India and Tibet, but also from China, Japan, Egypt and Persia. All religions have their own form of yoga, even Christianity.
Yes, Christians have always practised adoration, prayer, contemplation, devotion and love of God. In fact, these are the foremost characteristics of the Christian religion, and in India this is known as Bhakti-yoga, the yoga of devotion, adoration and spiritual love. This form of yoga suits certain temperaments better than others; some people have different gifts and qualities and need to express and develop them in other ways.
Yoga is practised in all religions
The paths that lead to the Creator are without number, and although Christians have limited themselves to one way (and we must not criticize it, for it is a very wonderful way), the Hindu tradition is richer in that it teaches many different methods.
For those who are given to study and philosophical reflection and like to work with the mind, there is the yoga of knowledge: Jnana-yoga, the way to God through the use of one’s intelligence.
Others have no philosophical or scientific bent and do not feel the slightest desire to fall on their knees in adoration or contemplation, but they have will-power and abundant energy and the desire to work and serve others with selflessness. For them there is Karma-yoga, the yoga of good works, of achievements on the physical plane, of duty to be done without hope of payment or reward. Karma-yoga is the yoga of gratuitous, altruistic service.
To be continued; Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Agni Yoga, Shabda or Mantra Yoga and Surya Yoga…
Complete Works, Volume 10, The Splendour of Tiphareth
Chapter 1, The Sun, Centre of our Universe