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Not only the faith in Ishwara but also an attitude of surrendering the self to the Ishwara (or devotion to Ishwara) is very important to succeed in the path of Yoga because there are several obstacles in this path which will vanish by meditation on Om. Following are some qualities required to march in this path: (Refer the first chapter of Yoga sutras) ...


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I will answer the question from a different perspective, Although It does not answer the question completely, the OP has written: "Is it possible for someone to understand God by just following Patanjali's yoga sutras while not actively trying to believe in them?" Someone will talk about yoga sutras, but the part of 'Believing' has got a prime ...


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