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Jnana Yoga
the yoga of knowledge or wisdom
requiring strength of will and intellect

Taking the philosophy of Vedanta the Jnana yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. We perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as we see ourselves as separate from the spirit. Jnana Yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with the spirit directly by breaking the glass, dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practising Jnana Yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths, for without selflessness and love of all, strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.
Jnana Yoga techniques and paths include:
  • Viveka - The technique of intellectual discernment or discrimination of the true self from distractions.
  • Neti-neti - The technique of discarding, one by one, thoughts and distractions which are not the true self.
  • Vicara - The tecyhnique of internal examination and reflection.
  • Vairagya - The practice of dispassion or detachment.
  • Shad-sampat - The path of the six virtues.
  • Mumukshutva - Intense longing for liberation.