"Jnana Yoga" (The yoga of knowledge) by Swami Vivekananda. based on a series of lectures on the topic delivered mainly in New York and London by Swami Vivekananda. These lectures were recorded by a professional stenographer, J.J.Goodwin, who later became a disciple of Swami Vivekananda.
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Jnana-yoga or The Path of Knowledge is one of the four central paths to knowledge of man and the world and realization of the ultimate reality as obtained in the ancient religious and philosophical traditions of India. It is the way of overcoming doubt through the exercise and development of the buddhi (the discriminative intellect). The roots of this tradition are traced to the glorious Upanisads; and the earliest jnana-yogis are none other than the Upanisadic rsis themselves. In this book, the author presents the fundamental insights of jnana-yoga based upon the teachings of two of the most prominent jnana-yogis __ Sankara, the Hindu philosopher, poet and mystic and Nagarjuna, the Buddhist philosopher and patriarch.A result of Prof. Puligandlas theoretical and experimental study of their teachings for over three decades, the book systematically discusses in clear and unambiguous terms three central principles of jnana-yoga, namely, the principle of Superimposition; the principle of Dependent Origination; and the principle of Two Truths. The broad-based approach of this work is evident in many ways as, for instance, in its use of the principles of modern science to illustrate the ideas of jnana-yoga and discussion of concepts of the western philosophical tradition as well The book would immensely aid scholars of religious-philosophical traditions as well as students studying Indian traditional systems of thought.
Jnana Yoga(Part II) (The yoga of knowledge) by Swami Vivekananda. based on Seven lectures on this topic delivered in New York in the beginning of 1896.
Excerpt: "The essence of Vedanta is that we are divine. The soul was never bom and will never die. There may be weakness, but never mind. We want to grow. We all know our weaknesses, says Vedanta, but being reminded of weakness doesn't help much. Give strength. Instead of telling us that we are sinners, Vedanta takes the opposite position and says, "You are pure and perfect. What you call sin does not belong to you."
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 32. Chapters: Advaita Ashrama, Belur Math, Jnana Yoga (book), Karma Yoga (book), Prabuddha Bharata, Raipur Airport, Raja Yoga (book), Ramakrishna Math, Sister Nivedita, Swami Vivekananda (1955 film), Swami Vivekananda (film), Swami Vivekananda in the West: New Discoveries, Swami Vivekananda on Himself (book), Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Teachings and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Kesari, Vivekananda Kendra. Excerpt: Swami Vivekananda (Bengali: ( listen), Sh mi Bibek nando; 12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902), born Narendra Nath Datta (Bengali: ), was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the notion of nationalism in colonial India. He was the chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech beginning with "Sisters and Brothers of America," through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda showed an inclination towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru Ramakrishna from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self and hence, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After the death of his guru, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired a first-hand knowledge of the conditions that prevailed in British India. He later travelled to the United States to represent India as a delegate in the 1893 Parliament of...
Jnana yoga is the method of finding an answer to the question "Who am I?" It is the path to knowledge, self and God. Yet, the right approach would be to first undergo Karma yoga in order to achieve equanimity and then undergo Jnana yoga to know that there exists a super intelligence called God. This book presents clearly the practical methods leading to self or God realisation.
From ancient times, people of India have practiced spiritual disciplines designed to clear the mind and support a state of serene, detached awareness. The practices for developing this desired state of balance, purity, wisdom, and peacefulness of mind are known collectively as "yoga." "Yoga" means "yoke" or "union" - referring to union with the true Self, the goal described in the Upanishads. The sages distinguished four basic types of people and developed practices that are particularly suitable for each type, in order that each man can attain the desired union with the Self. For rational people, there is the path of Knowledge. For meditative people, there is the path of Self-Knowledge. For naturally active people, there is the path of Selfless Action. For emotional people, there is the Path of Devotion. Editor's Note: In order to be more enjoyable during reading, this book is in 6" x 9" format. In the same spirit, the paper is cream-colored, which causes less fatigue to the eyes than white paper. All our publications are carefully handled both in terms of typography and design.
Jnana Yoga shows the seeker that everything in the body, personality, thoughts, memories, and experiences has form and is changeable and, thus, is neither essential nor eternal. Its contemplative practice identifies the witnessing consciousness within--all that remains when the ephemeral is eliminated--as the real Self, the one and only unchanging eternal Being.