Jnana Yoga, a Form to Attain Salvation
The jnana yoga is the path for recognizing yourself as the true manifestation of the cosmic consciousness. The term Jnana comes from the word ‘jna’ which means to know. This is the philosophical and the mystical section of the ancient Indian philosophy. This form consists of the three steps as mentioned in the Bhrihataranyaka Upanishads as listening, contemplating and establishing.
This form of methodology got popularized in the modern world through a yogi Sri Ramana Maharshi, where he was considered as one of the divine manifestation. This is the path that the practitioner gets the proper knowledge from the enlightened guru and then establishes himself in that truth.
Those who move in this path should have the intellect to understand and accept the truth that being taught by the enlightened guru. Understanding this might be easy but to remain firmly in this aspect is difficult. So this path is selected by only a few for those who know that they can adaptable to this process.
Jnana yoga – Spiritual insight
All the apparent and the perceivable knowledge of nature reach its culmination in the virtue of jnana yoga. The scientific discoveries are rooted in nature’s laws and principles that exist and existing in the cosmos. Digging the realities of nature and understanding it with the intellect is the nature of the human consciousness. Going deeper and deeper in the science seems like approaching the Supreme even closer.
Eventually, all these knowledge leads to the pure knowledge in a monistic system where these forms are nothing more than the existential Absolute one that is far more perceivable than the ordinary mind. The higher planes of jnana yoga can be achieved for only those people whose kundalini power is activated which lay an intrinsic base for the progression of jnana yoga. It should be considered that the spiritual liberation is perhaps not possible unless the indulgence of the forms of yoga i.e., karma, jnana and bhakti in their path. As any of the forms has the domination in the different stages of progression the influence of these all forms at any stage is inexorable. The spontaneous presence of all these forms in the progression of the spiritual practice is inevitable as can be seen in the self-realized spirits. (See What is Kundalini? )
According to the jnana yoga, there are two different approaches to reach the higher self. These two approaches are the significant part of jnana yoga aphorism that is having philosophical and spiritual insights.
One of the approaches is considering everything as unreal and imperfect till the mind reaches the real, eternal and the supreme one. This process of the mind is termed as neti – neti which means ‘not this, not this’ as a state of negation till the mind reaches the truth as noted in the ancient texts.
The other approach is the positive manner in the sense considering the Supreme that enfolds the perceivable and non-perceivable cosmos as an unchanging, eternal and all pervading.
The perspective of jnana yoga takes one to the understanding of the soul. Realizing that the soul is not born, immortal and that takes the body according to the karmic presence. This is the dispersed form of the ‘Absolute’ that is the Supreme, omnipresent and eternal where the spirit and the Supreme are like space inside and outside the empty pot respectively. When the pot is broken, space inside and outside the pot are not distinct. (Read also Hatha Yoga and Spiritual Practices )
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