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Is it possible for me to learn Jnana yoga/Gnana yoga (the way of the intellect)? Can you please throw some light on the path?

June 2019

Answered by | Mimi Partha Sarathy, Founder & Senior Yoga Teacher

Jnana yoga is the path of knowledge – knowledge of one’s true Self. Jnana yoga is spoken of very highly in our scriptures. It removes the veil of ignorance on our mind and brings in the real knowledge which is free from desire and ego.

Jnana yoga uses our continuous mental powers to know our real Self. It involves continuously seeking, reflecting and introspecting on knowledge of the free, infinite, immortal brahman. Jnana yoga works at two levels – whatever is impermanent, imperfect and subject to change is rejected and whatever is eternal, unchanging and eternal is accepted. For a person to take this path of jnana yoga, the mind had to be extremely stable, calm, free of desires and ego and capable of complete one pointed concentration to in order to meditate and seek one’s true Self. To reach this stage of an elevated mind one needs to start at the level of action. We needs to perform each of our actions without any attachment to the result.

Each action itself should be the reward and the sense of doership should be completely eliminated. One should have the evenness of mind to accept whatever result of the action. Kriya yoga, astanga yoga are the means to launch into this journey of purifying our minds and attaining our true Self.

 

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Last updated on June 24, 2019