Many people know about Yoga, yet they don’t fully understand what Yoga entails. The Sanskrit word Yoga has a clear definition: Union with the Divine. However, knowing it is different from fully realizing it. In Padmacahaya, Yoga is not about getting to the highest place or dimension. It is about being a part of Divine Love and Light completely, being always with our Beloved True Source without separation from Divine Love and Light. Yoga does not mean that you become one with or the same as The Creator. As the Creator is the Mightiest Being, there is no way one can attain Yoga without the help of the Creator.
As you can see from the picture of The Void in the section of "Spiritual Journey", The Creator, The Source of Love and Light, continuously radiates Pure Divine Love and Light. If you are trying to bring yourself closer to the Creator, you are actually pushing against the direct light radiating from the Creator. The direct light that is radiating, is not simply light, it is Love. The Creator loves each one of us completely. The Creator always wants to give the best, including to have us return to the Creator completely.
All we need to do is simply open our heart to receive the Love of the Creator and at that very moment we will be purified and brought closer to the Creator. The moment we can receive the Love of the Creator completely, we will return completely to the Creator. We will be HOME.
Conventional Way to Attain YOGA
The Existence (see the illustration in the section of "Spiritual Journey") was created by The Creator just to help all spirits to attain Yoga. The Void is a part of the Existence. There are several learning dimensions where a small fraction of our spirit within our heart will take a physical or non-physical form in order to learn certain lessons. Our main spirit or true self as well as all other spirits or true selves are in the Void in the front of True Source Spirit who always radiates Divine Love and Light for all beings all the time as True Source loves all beings all the time. Our Earth is on the physical dimension which is the 3rd dimension out of 365 learning dimensions. All of the learning dimensions are dimensions where our soul can visit if permitted. Our soul cannot be in the Void as only our true selves/spirits can be there. Please note that when it is said soul, it means there is always spirit inside the soul. But when we talk about spirit or true self, there is no soul within the true self. Please refer to the picture of the Three Levels of Consciousness in the section of "Higher Consciousness".
Most people do their spiritual practices with medium term goals to reach ascension, to reach the 4th, 5th or higher dimension. The idea is to ascend one or two dimensions higher until they reach the final destination. However, if you decide to use this method, you should know that it will never bring you to your final and ultimate destination. Firstly, you need to know how many dimensions you will have to go through. There are 365 learning dimensions plus other special dimensions. So, if you can ascend one dimension higher in 30 to 40 years of serious dedicated practices, you will need more than 12,000 years to go through all of the dimensions. Then, when you get to the highest dimension, you will not be able to go into the Void because only the true self is allowed to enter the Void. Ascending through different dimensions is done in the form of intermediate consciousness or soul consciousness, not as the true self and therefore is limited.
And although you can finally shift into your true self consciousness, you will simply return to square one. Your true self and the true self of other beings are already in the Void this very moment and since the beginning of time. Returning HOME is the journey for your true self. So, don’t worry about your outer layer, the physical body in the physical dimension. As your true self is already in the Void, it is the matter of how much your true self is willing to surrender, to be helped by True Source's Love to fulfill your ultimate destiny.
The Only Way to Attain YOGA
As attaining YOGA is not about going to the highest place, but to return to the Creator, only the Love of the Creator can take us HOME. We just need to open our heart to receive the Love of the Creator and let the Love of the Creator work on us and take care of us completely. The Love of the Creator is the mightiest power that can cleanse, purify and provide all of our needs in an instant. The Love of the Creator is the only power that can take us HOME. And the first step is to open our heart to True Source's Love and Light. This is what the Padmacahaya Yoga Curriculum is all about.
Article extract out from Padmacahaya International Insititute for Inner Study "Attaining YOGA"