Generally a Guru gives a disciple authority on only one Path of Yoga. It is because of this authority, that the disciple advises the samashti about the associated Path of Yoga and thereby completes his vyashti sadhana. In 1993, Sant Bhaktaraj Maharaj blessed Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale with Knowledge, Bhakti and Detachment.
Performing ritualistic worship as per Path of Rituals (Karmakand) is at the gross level, whereas doing so in the mind, is at the subtle level. Based on the principle of Spirituality – ‘one should go from gross to subtle’, worship performed in mind (subtle) is superior to ritualistic worship performed physically (gross).
Once Sage Vasistha and Sage Vishwamitra were debating the relative superiority of satsang and penance. Sage Vasistha proclaimed satsang to be superior; whereas Sage Vishwamitra said it was penance. Unable to decide, they went to the Deities. The Deities said, ‘‘Only Sheshanag (The serpent who holds the earth on its hood) is capable of answering the question.’’