Four Modes of Existence

Happy Monday Omyoga blog followers and readers. I do appreciate your visit! In the Bhagavad-Gita (the Song of God), Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that there are “four modes” of nature and hence existence. The lowest mode is the mode of ignorance. People who abandon all morality to earn a lot of money and attain high societal status are examples of living in this mode. The second mode is the mode of passion. This is where there is a mix of virtue and vice, if you will. This is the mode in which most people live, today. Here, people are generally good but dominated by their passions, emotions, and desires. The third mode is what I call the mode of saints. This is the mode of goodness, which is characterized by high moral and ethical standards, patience, love, compassion, trustworthiness, devotion (bhakti), and humility. St. Francis of Assisi and Mahatma Ghandi come to mind when I think of the mode of goodness. Finally, there is the transcendental mode. This is where individuals are immersed in prayer, meditation, and selfless service with no thought of recognition or compensation. Chanting OM and meditating on OM is part of this mode of being and existence. As you chant OM and meditate on OM, your body and mind are still part of this world but you as spirit are connected with the Sacred Syllable OM. According to Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, Pada 1.27 recognizes OM as God’s Name but Pada 1.28 encourages us to always chant and remember God’s Name (OM). This practice is called Japa Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Shabda Yoga, and Pranava Yoga. Namaste, Keith Johnson, OM Yogi

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