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!
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.
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