God

Definition - What does God mean?

God, in the context of yoga philosophy, is described in the Yoga Sutras as a "special Self" that is untouched by afflictions and karmas. Because the supreme aim of yoga is to attain freedom from karma and afflictions such as ignorance, ego and attachment, God is believed to exist in the realm of perfect consciousness.

The Yoga Sutras describe God as wholly omniscient and the teacher of all teachers. Most yoga philosophy interprets this as an inner teacher. Spiritual practice makes it possible to connect with this teacher, who then helps in the attainment of freedom from karmic bonds.

Yogapedia explains God

Let's start by acknowledging that defining God is a nearly impossible task as there are so many points of view. There have been many books written on this subject, not to mention lifetimes spent on the task of defining God.

There are many religions that believe in a god; but, in yoga, this higher being and higher purpose is sought as a way to leave behind the physicality of life and reconnect one to nature and Self. For many, to practice yoga is a form of uniting with God. In yoga, God is referred to as the Deva, which is known in the Sanskrit language in the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita as the real Self or the Seer.

According to yoga philosophy, we also interpret God as Consciousness or that consciousness leads to God. Finally, in yoga, the individual and God are believed to be one.

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