Jnana

...the path of knowledge

It looks into the truth about who we are and what we are experiencing. Elements of it include: Viveka, Vairagya, Mumukshutva, and Shat sampatti. This path is known to bring understanding of yoga through meditation and study. Philosophical pondering, introspection, and contemplation are all part of this deep exploration.

 Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Wisdom Brief and concise description of the pillars of knowledge.

Jnana Yoga: Introduction     Brief description of the path of self-realization (advaita vedanta). Includes descriptions of the four means to salvation: viveka, vairagya,shand-sampat and mumukshutva.

The Path of Knowledge: Jnana Yoga     Details of how the jnani uses the powers of the mind to discriminate between the real and the unreal, the permanent and the transitory.

Jnana Yoga Essay: Part I     A more philosophical description of Jnana Yoga

 Janna Yoga: The Path of Wisdom    Wisdom. We admire it, respect it, and pray for it.  But jñana yoga is probably the least familiar of the paths of yoga… From a yogic perspective, what exactly is the path of wisdom?

Videos

Jnana Yoga     Text and video describing the yogic path of knowledge.

Books, CDs, etc.

  • Gheranda Samhita     

One of the three classic texts of hatha Yoga from the late 17th-century. Gheranda teaches Yoga to Chanda Kapali in this text. This manual speaks of a sevenfold Yoga path: shatkarma (purification), asana (strengthening), mudra (steadying), pratyahara (calming), pranayama (lightness), dhyana (perception) and samādhi (isolation).

  • Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā

This classic is written by Svāmi Svātmārāma. It is among the most influential surviving texts on the hatha Yoga.

  • Shiva Samhita   

This classical treatises on hatha Yoga is written by an unknown author. The text is addressed by the Hindu god Shiva to his consort Parvati.

  • Upanishads     

The central scriptures of Hinduism. History of Indian culture and religon.