Jnana Yoga: The Path of Knowledge

Jnana Yoga: The Path of Knowledge

by Swami Vivekananda


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Jnana Yoga: The Path of Knowledge by Swami Vivekananda

Jnana Yoga is the yoga of knowledge-not knowledge in the intellectual sense-but the knowledge of Brahman and Atman and the realization of their unity. Where the devotee of God follows the promptings of the heart, the jnani uses the powers of the mind to discriminate between the real and the unreal, the permanent and the transitory.

Jnanis, followers of nondualistic or advaita Vedanta, can also be called monists for they affirm the sole reality of Brahman. Of course, all followers of Vedanta are monists: all Vedantins affirm the sole reality of Brahman. The distinction here is in spiritual practice: while all Vedantins are philosophically monistic, in practice those who are devotees of God prefer to think of God as distinct from themselves in order to enjoy the sweetness of a relationship. Jnanis, by contrast, know that all duality is ignorance. There is no need to look outside ourselves for divinity: we ourselves already are divine.

What is it that prevents us from knowing our real nature and the nature of the world around us? The veil of maya. Jnana Yoga is the process of directly rending that veil, tearing it through a two-pronged approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789888412631
Publisher: Discovery Publisher
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

He is responsible for revitalizing Hinduism and building its stature as a major world religion. He not only introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the foreign soil but is solely responsible for the enthusiastic response of these Indian spiritual self-improvement techniques in the West. He is none other than Swami Vivekananda - a Hindu monk and chief disciple of Ramakrishna.

Born in a noble Bengali family, Vivekananda espoused the path of spirituality early in life. Right from a young age, he was fascinated by ascetics and took to practicing meditation. However, life wouldn't have been the same for this spiritual genius had he not met his mentor and guide - Sri Ramakrishna.

Ramakrishna was the powerful force behind Vivekananda who channelized the commanding intellect and power of this young man to unite with God. The two shared an extraordinary bond amongst themselves which became one of the most unique guru-disciple relationships in the history. Vivekananda spent most of his life preaching the Vedanta philosophy to people across the world. A globe trotter, he became a sanyasi at the young age of twenty five and since then devoted his life for the betterment of mankind. He advocated the importance of secular and spiritual education, which he thought was the only way to enrich and inspire the life of the masses.

Table of Contents

The Four Paths of Self-Realization

I. The Path of Knowledge

II. The Path of Self-Knowledge

III. The Path of Selfless Action

IV. The Path of Devotion

The Path of Devotion

Chapter I Prayer

Chapter II The Philosophy of Ishvara

Chapter III Spiritual Realisation, the Aim of Bhakti Yoga

Chapter IV The Need of Guru

Chapter V Qualifications of the Aspirant and the Teacher

Chapter VI Incarnate Teachers and Incarnation

Chapter VII The Mantra : Om, Word and Wisdom

Chapter VIII Worship of Substitutes and Images

Chapter IX The Chosen Ideal

Chapter X The Method and the Means

Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion

Chapter I The Preparatory Renunciation

Chapter II The Bhakta’s Renunciation Results from Love

Chapter III The Naturalness of Bhakti Yoga and its Central Secret

Chapter IV The Forms of Love : Manifestation

Chapter V Universal Love and How it Leads to Self-Surrender

Chapter VI The Higher Knowledge and the Higher Love are One to the True Lover

Chapter VII The Triangle of Love

Chapter VIII The God of Love is His Own Proof

Chapter IX Human Representations of the Divine Ideal of Love

Chapter X Conclusion

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