Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A. This question came to Swami Veda before he dropped the body.


I need your advice and guidance regarding attending a three day spiritual retreat in Bodhgaya in Buddhist Mahayana Tradition. I am an initiate in our Himalayan Yoga Tradition, and soon planning to start my TTP.

Answer from Swami Veda Bharati:

One should taste of all paths but keep to one only as one’s permanent path. 

Mahayana has many paths and each of the Mahayana paths has a sub-path.  Then there are other Buddhist paths. 

I have not yet come across any path that is not included in Patañjali’s system but like all paths we emphasize certain aspects to start with and move on to other ones as a sadhaka is ready for those systems. I have also taught at our ashram Pali language original texts of Vipassana, which is another Buddhist path. 

I send you all blessings for your three-day retreat at Bodh-gaya.  If you see any leaves fallen under the Bodhi tree, please pick up a few (if that is allowed) and mail to me.  I had collected some last time I was there.

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