In Hinduism, the means for reaching salvation differ among the various denominations. But the basic principles are always the same and most sects describe four means of salvation:
- Karma yoga: the path of selfless action, wherein salvation is achieved via selfless acts (like religious rites) that are performed for a greater cause and with no hopes for personal achievement.
- Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge, wherein salvation is achieved by using the mind, its knowledge, philosophy and disciplined study.
- Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion, wherein salvation is attained through devotion to and worship of a deity. This path is recommended in the Bhagavad Gita and is sometimes considered the ultimate goal of the first two paths to salvation.
- Ashtanga/Raja yoga: the "royal path," wherein salvation is reached through yoga practice and meditation techniques.