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Question: Why did Dhṛtarāṣṭra even though of all the processes of yoga, bhakti-yoga is the top, why did Dhṛtarāṣṭra opt for aṣṭāṅga-yoga and does Śrīla Prabhupāda support this?

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Jayapatākā Swami: I had mentioned earlier that because Dhṛtarāṣṭra used to be enviously disposed towards the Pāṇḍavas, that is why he was very upset with the Pāṇḍavas and could not do devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa. That is why Vidura taught him how to perform aṣṭāṅga-yoga. In Bengali there is a saying that a blind uncle is better than no uncle. So anyway, Vidura thought let him at least perform some aṣṭāṅga-yoga it will be somewhat beneficial for him. Śrīla Prabhupāda praised this as like this was a very good logic on the part of Vidura. Like in the Nectar of Instruction it says niyamāgraha – unnecessarily following so many rules and regulations in the scriptures but if knowing these things if Dhṛtarāṣṭra is taught devotional service then that would be of no use.
08-January-2022 Sridhama Mayapur, India