Self-Realization means discovering and experiencing ones true nature – infinite happiness and perfect consciousness. To achieve self-realization we teach a system of yoga practices which include meditation, yoga exercises (asanas), chanting, breath control and deep relaxation. The Path of Bliss combines the essential teachings of the six major yoga traditions: Jinana Yoga (the yoga of knowledge), Karma Yoga (the yoga of action), Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion), Hatha Yoga (the yoga of physical purification and control), Raja Yoga (the yoga of sense withdrawal) and Tantra Yoga (the yoga employing the science of mantras and chakras).
These practices are integrated into a system of six lessons which students learn over a period of a few years and which are practiced twice daily along with yoga exercises.
The second half of the Path of Bliss motto i.e. “Service to the Universe” is expressed through hundreds of service projects around the world including schools, children’s homes, medical clinics, food distribution, disaster relief, rural development and many others. The two aspects of the motto are considered complementary to each other. By practicing yoga we make ourselves kinder and wiser and are thus able to perform service in a better way. By doing service we open our hearts and free ourselves from selfishness which, in turn, helps in the practice of yoga.
In order to practice yoga people need a healthy, safe and supportive environment. Those who are starving, anxious, suppressed and exploited have little chance for spiritual development. Therefore The Path of Bliss encourages its members to imagine a world free from poverty, exploitation. and environmental destruction and work for the same. Our founder, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, created a new social theory based on universal love. The theory, known as “Progressive Utilization Theory” or “Prout”, is gaining recognition around the world as a compassionate, holistic and sustainable alternative to the social theories of previous times.
One of the most important factors for success on any spiritual path is access to a good teacher. The Teachers of the Path of Bliss (Acharyas) are yoga monks, nuns and family people who have dedicated themselves to teaching and social service. They provide instruction, counseling and personal guidance to the student as he or she advances along the path of yoga. They are fully trained and qualified in all the lessons of yoga and meditation. Classes, courses and retreats may involve fees but individual instruction is given free of charge.