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For the translations
of the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharta, Ramayana, and Bhagavad
Multiple Ways to Reach the Goal
In whatever way a Hindu might define the goal of life
--and multiple definitions are allowed--
there are several methods (yogas) that have been developed0
over the centuries for people of different tastes and temperaments.
Paths one can follow to achieve the spiritual goal of life include:
1. Bhakti Yoga (the path of love and devotion),
2. Karma Yoga (the path of right action),
3. Raja Yoga (the path of meditation) and
4. Jñana Yoga (the path of rational inquiry).
Bhakti yoga is prescribed for people of emotional temperaments.
Karma yoga is prescribed for people who like to always be engaged in action.
Raja yoga is recommended for meditative people.
And Jnana yoga is meant for the rational person.
It is typical for Hindus to combine two or more of these paths into their spiritual life
to create a path that suits their personal temperaments.
A few schools hold only one or two of these paths leads to salvation.
For example, some followers of the Dvaita school hold that Bhakti ("devotion") is the only path.
A large number of Hindus, however, believe that although one particular path may be best for them,
another path may be better for another person, and any path--if followed sincerely--can lead to God.
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