An All Faiths Approach

Usually I hear Isvara pranidhana, dedication to God, presented as one of the paths, an option that one might choose according to his or her temperament. My reading of the Yoga Sutras and my personal experience indicate that Isvara pranidhana, along with the other yamas and niyamas, is more a prerequisite than an option.


Happiness is the altar of God within you. That lasting inner joy is the only important thing to strive for in life.
By perseverance it can be gained. —Paramahansa Yogananda

Speak To Us of Love by Kahlil Gibran

But, if in your fear, you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Choose Peace by Swami Satchidananda

When would you want to prove yourself to have attained that balanced state? During adversities. When everything goes smoothly, then you are easily balanced. “Ahh, wonderful. l am so peaceful.” Fine, but what if somebody comes and says, “Hey, you rogue! What are you doing here?” Your mind should still say, “Ahh, how peaceful l am.”