Karma yoga is about actions – what you do and how you do it. It’s about doing things out of love, not for good reasons. Gnana yoga is about thoughts – what you think and what mental dynamics you are stuck in. It’s an intellectual approach. Bhakti yoga is about feelings – love, compassion, and personal relationships. Raja yoga is about meditation techniques and other practices that help you understand your true nature through observation and direct experience.
Karma yoga is the path of selfless action.
It is the practice of performing actions without any expectation of reward in return. It is the practice of doing what needs to be done without attachment to the outcome and without worrying about the results. Through the practice of Karma yoga, one can acquire inner freedom and peace of mind.
Jñāna yoga is the path of knowledge.
It is the practice of acquiring knowledge through study and contemplation. It is the path of wisdom and understanding, and is based on the teachings of ancient Indian scriptures such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Through Gnana yoga, one can gain insight into the nature of reality, and gain a deeper understanding of the self.
Bhakti yoga is the path of devotion.
It is the practice of cultivating love and devotion towards a divine being or teacher. It is the practice of surrendering to the will of the divine, and of dedicating one’s life to a higher power. Through Bhakti yoga, one can cultivate a sense of connectedness with the divine and gain inner peace and joy.
Raja yoga is the path of meditation.
It is the practice of meditation techniques and other practices such as pranayama and mantra chanting. It is the path of spiritual growth and inner transformation, and is based on the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Through Raja yoga, one can gain a direct experience of the true nature of reality, and attain inner peace and liberation.