Yoga and Spirituality for Practicing Religion

Everyone’s idea of practicing religion is according to his basis of practicality and the ideology he believes in. There is work (Karma Yoga). There is worship (Bhakti Yoga). There is knowledge (Jnana Yoga). Prayer and worship, ashtanga yoga abhyasa, reading scriptures, reciting mantra, repeating japa, selfless action and service, compassion and generosity towards poor and needy are practical aspects of yoga and spirituality for practicing religion.

Some people are emotionally very loving, very affectionate. Such people find Bhakti Yoga as the supreme and Bhakti Yoga will be very very helpful for them to grow very fast towards the highest achievement. Some people are great intellectuals, they have got powerful intellect. They can understand. They can see through things and their logical brain is very strong. For them the Jnana Yoga is the best. The Jnana Yoga uses that intellect to transcend itself to go the highest. There are some people who are very good at hands, doing work, any work you give immediately they are going to do that. They may not be great thinkers but they can do the work very efficiently and see that the work is done. For such people the Karma Yoga is the best. They can be great social workers and act as role model for the society.

In the present age we need integration of karma, bhakti and jnana yoga along with spirituality to effectively practice religion for self-improvement and helping others.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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11 Responses to Yoga and Spirituality for Practicing Religion

  1. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thank you sir for realising integration of karma yoga, bhakti yoga and jnana yoga. In Bhagvat GITA,Lord Krishna gives importance of Karma yoga where Bhagwan says Arjuna to fight(karma).Also Lord Krishna says-“I am within everybody”. Hence I see God in most vulnerable, poorest of the poor, leprosy patient etc., I have been working for them in development sector since last 15 years. I feel myself as a karma yogi, personally I face difficulty to integrate with bhakti yoga and jnana yoga.

    Programme Communication Consultant
    UNICEF-Uttar Pradesh

  2. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Thank you sir,

    I read your article ‘Yoga and Spirituality for Practicing Religion’. Without Atma (Soul) the body is meaningless like without Karma the life is meaningless. Karma yoga and Bhakti yoga both are very very essential for human being. I follow these paths what your article says. Thanks for your emotion, feelings and depth of your knowledge about Yoga and Spirituality. According to the Bani of Utkala Mani Gopabandhu Das: “Manaba Jibana Nuhai Kebala Barsa Masa Dina Danda, Karme Jie Nara Karma Eka Tara Jibanara Manadanda”.

    Sri Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sohela, Bargarh Odisha

  3. Madan Goyal says:

    Working for the overall benefit of society in any way or in various combinations is yoga. One should be truthful to his own conscious. Every good thought or act is knowledge or karma yoga while truthfully submitting to God is bhakti yoga. One has to live and if one lives while benefiting others, one is equivalent to God.

  4. Respected Sir,

    Every Religion brought by Avatar for human civilization is within the nut-shell of Yoga & Spirituality, leads one to merge in universal soul –the purpose and process of eternal Religion. Hence every religious doctrine is for goodness of life; one has to grasp, understand, and then to practice self and to implement in society for healthy nation which is nothing but principle of brother-hood of nation and fatherhood of God. But now people are in opposite direction, blind in own religion, away from moral ethics and their wrong interpretation and application in action among themselves; and non-believer to doer, chaos is seen in every individual to society and human civilization is in zenith point of hell. Hence Yoga and Spirituality in plasticizing and practicing religion may be an icon like third eye to shape oneself and save the whole nation.

    With regards and thanks
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  5. Vinod Varma says:

    Excellent explanation of Karmayoga, Bhaktiyoga and Jnanayoga, and how can it be integrated into daily life.

  6. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Om Sai Ram.

    Amazing information regarding the types of Yoga.I believe that every type of yoga is already been known by all. It’s natures gift to us.It is us who have to identify which type to use and to grow well. In our daily routine, we implement all the types of Yoga knowingly or unknowingly. The very precious gift to human from nature is this Yoga.

    Om Sai Ram 🙂
    Santhosh KV

  7. Dear Uncle,
    Jaya Jagannath.

    It’s seriously amazing me with this worthy article for all concern.

    Thank You
    Chiranjibi Dash
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  8. V Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Very Well described article and thank you very much to make me aware about the difference between Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga. Yes, you are cent percent right in the present world we all need integration of karma, bhakti and jnana yoga along with spirituality to effectively practice religion for self-improvement as well as helping others which will be the real social work.

    With Regards,
    Nageswara Rao
    Bhubaneswar, Odisha

  9. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,

    Yoga in the sense adding two things to be one i.e. Atma & Paramatma in different way i.e. in the form of Bhakti, Jnana, & Karma. If we feel whatever we see, do or think is the gift of Supreme Power then it will be the best Self-realisation & practice of religion.

    Yours sincerely

  10. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    A nice article regarding the different forms of yoga. Before this article you have discussed about yoga. Through this article we knew the different forms of yoga.The whole life of a human being is compiled with such types of yoga to be accrued. Those who analyse and practice it in their life are known as YOGI. Basically these two Bhakti and Jnana yoga enlighten to practice Karma yoga for a perfect man.

  11. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It is a nice article regarding Bhakti,Jnana and Karma yoga , the integration of these three will benefit the society. Some people say, Jnana is shrestha, some are in for of Bhakti and Karma. According to Gita these yogas are not suitable for everyone, for saints it is Jnana yoga, for yogis it is Karma yoga. Whatever may be the path, the aim should be always one moksha prapti or we can say Bhagbad prapti.

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