“The Path of Spiritual Realization” (SB 1.18.12)

San Diego - January 4, 1989 / (066)

Thompson describes bhakti yoga, the method of linking with the Supreme through the practice of devotion, as the ultimate path of self-realization. Other means of acquiring knowledge through a process of self-awareness can tend to enhance the false ego, or in other words, the latent conditional desire to dominate and control. Thompson explains that conversely, bhakti begins by eliminating a “superiority complex.” After a lively exchange with the audience, Thompson concludes that ultimately, bhakti yoga can be comprehensively understood through engagement with the process.