Students of religion will find much of interest in this book; those who care for India in any way will be glad to receive an indication of high Hindu thought in one of the most striking religious movements of the day; while the orthodox Christian will derive some information from the work regarding the attitude of cultured Hindus toward Christianity and its Founder. After reading the book one is inexcusable if his ideas concerning Vedanta are hazy. The lectures are all extremely interesting, the style brilliant, the reasoning often subtle. Whether the philosophy advanced is satisfactory or not to those whose theories are the outgrowth of a different system of thought, Vivekanandas method of presenting it affords an “intellectual pleasure."
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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.
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 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.
‘“Know thyself” was the maxim inscribed on the pediment of the temple at Delphi. What is this ‘self’ that we have to know? Is it a question of knowing our own vices and virtues, our strengths and weaknesses? No: to know oneself is to know the different bodies (the physical, etheric, mental, causal, buddhic and atmic bodies) of which we are formed and what each of these bodies needs. If the initiates of old insisted so much on the necessity of self-knowledge it was because this knowledge opens up tremendous possibilities for growth, progress and success. As long as man is ignorant of the needs of his higher self, he will continue to surfeit his physical body while his soul and spirit suffocate and die of hunger and thirst.’ Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
In Chakra-Jnana Yoga you will learn a variety of techniques for working with the chakras. The first section of the book explains how hatha yoga poses connect with and open the chakras. The second section of the book is entitled Chakra Breathing Techniques and covers a dozen different methods for increasing and moving energy through the chakra system. In the final portion of the book Jnana yoga teachings are applied in a way to purify the emotional and mental aspects of the chakras so that one may have spiritual realization. Though there are many books that describe the chakras from a theoretical perspective, there are few that actually give detailed methods for working with them on all the levels of our being. In this book you will find precise techniques for incorporating the chakras into your yoga practice on all levels. In first portion of the book detailed information is given that explains how hatha yoga poses benefit the chakras. Each chakra is examined along with the major and minor hatha poses that correlate with the chakra. Mini-sequences are also given for each chakra as well as information about how to transition from one chakra to another while doing hatha yoga. In the section entitled Chakra Breathing Techniques, the author starts with simple breathing methods that form the foundation for learning to perceive the subtle energy of the chakras. Building on this the book goes into detail about how pranayama connects with the chakras, and how the breath can be used to circulate energy through the whole chakra system. To release and heal the emotional and mental aspects of the chakras, so that spiritual realization may occur, the author outlines a specific method of self-inquiry that allows for profound spiritual insight. Through direct realization of the psychic aspects of the chakras it is possible to abide in the True Self, and this realization of the Higher Self is the end goal of authentic chakra based yoga practices. In summary, this book will teach you practical yogic methods for working with the chakras on the physical, energetic, mental-emotional and spiritual levels.
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.
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.