I’m reading a book, “the World’s Religions”, written by Huston Smith. He said that in Hinduism, there are four paths to the goal (God): the way to God through knowledge (Jnana Yoga), the way to God through love (bhakti yoga), the way to God through work (karma yoga), and the way to God through Psychophysical Exercises (raja yoga).
“The yoga of knowledge is said to be the shortest path to divine realization. It is also the steepest. Requiring as it does a rare combination of rationality and spirituality, it is for a select few.” (p32, Smith) I found the core of this Hinduism message resonates greatly with the message “practice is the basis, comprehension is a shortcut”, which was proposed in my father’s book “Pan Gu Mystical Qigong”.
I’m not familiar with Hinduism, so I have no comment on whether the yoga of knowledge is the steepest or not. However, I am pretty familiar with PanGu theory, and I totally agree that “comprehension is the shortcut”.
When my father was the director of the qigong research department in Guangzhou University between 1994 and 1999, he gave a lot of lectures on this topic, “practice is the basis, comprehension is a shortcut”, to help his qigong students to improve the benefits they get from PanGu ShenGong daily practice. Several of those lectures were included in his book “Flowers of Kindness and Beauty” later.
I would like to share my understanding on this principle here, just to set the ball rolling.
To be continued…