Jñāna

...the path of knowledge

It looks into the truth about who we are and what we are experiencing. Elements of it include: Viveka, Vairagya, Mumukṣutva, 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.

 Jñāna Yoga: The Yoga of Wisdom 

Brief and concise description of the pillars of knowledge.

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

The Path of Knowledge: Jñāna 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.

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

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

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  • Gheraṇḍa Saṁhitā     

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), āsana (strengthening), mudrā (steadying), pratyāhāra (calming), prāṇāyāma (lightness), dhyāna (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.

  • Śiva Saṁhitā    

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

  • Upaniṣads     

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