The Hindu scriptures compare the following of the spiritual path to walking on a razor’s edge. This refers not only to the necessity of following a virtuous God-centered life, but specifically to the erect, straight spine of meditation, the sole path through which one ascends to the realization of God and union with Him.*
*Jesus similarly spoke of the "narrow way," esoterically referring to the ascent in meditation of the life force and consciousness through the gateway at the base of the spine (muladhara chakra) and the narrow passageway of the sushumna: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).
Paramahansa Yogananda, in The Bhagavad Gita: God Talks With Arjuna, p. 451
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