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JNANA YOGA

Jnana Yoga, the path of philosophy, is systematic way of training the mind about the realities of life by contemplation. This will strip off the Avidya (ignorance) from our mind and the mind goes its natural state of rest. Bhagavad Gita says that Jnana consists of properly understanding Kshetra (the field of bodily activity) and Kshetrajna (the knower of the body that is the soul). Bhagavad Gita emphasizes that a person who went beyond the material world will understand the difference between these two.

The Jnana Yoga is divided into three stages. First, hearing the truth that Atma is the only reality and that everything is Maya. Second, reasoning upon this philosophy from all points of view. Third, giving up all further argumentation and realizing the truth.

This realization comes from certain basic concepts-

  • The Brahman is real and everything else is unreal.
  • Giving up all desire for enjoyment.
  • Controlling the senses and the mind.
  • Intense desire to be free

In Jnana Yoga, the  first phase is Shravana (hearing). After the lecture hearing you must start cognizing about it, and then logically try to understand it, recapitulate that again and again, questioning it to the maximum possible extent, which is Manana. If necessary, discuss with the teacher and get logically convinced to start the experiment. Experiment is Niddhyasana.

श्रद्धावाल लभते ज्ञानं तत्परः संयतेन्द्रिय: | ज्ञानं लब्धा परां शान्तिम अचिरेणाधीगछति ||
Which means : The man of Shradha, the devoted, who is the master of his senses, attains knowledge. Having attained this knowledge he goes promptly to the supreme peaceful state.

According to Swami Vivekananda, Jnana Yoga means " The realization of a man's own divinity through knowledge " (Swami Vivekananda 2005, Vol.5, p.292). The Vedas teach that the soul is infinite and is in no way affected to death. The Jnani has to come out of all forms, to get beyond all rules and books and be his own book.

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