"Man cannot come to truth through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection."
- J Krishnamurti
Jnana Yoga is the process of converting intellectual knowledge into practical wisdom. It is a discovery of human dharma in relation to nature and the universe. Jnana Yoga is described by tradition as a means to obtain the highest meditative state and inner knowledge.
Jnana literally means 'knowledge', but in the context of yoga it means the process of meditative awareness, which leads to illuminative wisdom. It is not a method by which we try to find rational answers to eternal questions; rather it is a part of meditation leading to self-enquiry and self-realization.
Some of the components of Jnana Yoga are:
- Not believing but realizing
- Self-awareness leading to self-analysis
- Experiencing knowledge
- Realizing the personal nature
- Developing intuitive wisdom
- Experiencing inner unity
Classical books on this subject are Yoga Darshan (buy it now), Yoga Sadhana Panorama series, Prashnopanishad, Nirvanopanishad and others.
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