“The Yoga of Love” by James Swartz [updated Feb 25, 2016]

The Yoga of Love is an important text that addresses the many erroneous notions of devotion and liberation floating around in the spiritual world need to be properly contextualized to help devotees, East and West, achieve non-dual love.

It is also important because seekers need to know the benefit of self-inquiry: how Vedanta will transform them and their lives. This text provides an an excellent picture of a self-actualized person, someone who enjoys complete freedom and non-dual love.

Finally, these days we see many self-proclaimed “enlightened” people professing to be free. Generally, this freedom is left undefined or amounts to freedom from social constraints and/or one’s conditioning, which, depending on how you look at it, is not necessarily the kiss of death. However, I am not aware of any modern teaching that conflates liberation with non-dual (unconditional) love, which might fairly be said to be the next step after enlightenment. If Vedanta’s definition of liberation (moksa) were adhered to, the number of “enlightened beings” would shrink to imperceptibility and the many abuses visited on seek- ers by modern teachers would virtually disappear. In any case, these sutras are the last word on freedom and non-dual love.

Published on Nov 14, 2015

This short video is part of the video set “The Yoga of Love ~ Narada Bhakti Sutras” which is now available in the shop on the shiningworld website.

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