Jnana yoga – path of knowledge
Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge and wisdom.It does not deal with ordinary knowledge of reading, writing and arithmetic, but goes dipper in the knowledge of man,his life after death,the ultimate aim of man’s life,the creation of the universe etc….
This path helps develop a logical mind with intuitive knowledge and immense awareness. There are three phases in jnana yoga:
- Sravana, the first exposure to knowledge in any form (reading a book, listening to a lecture, watching a video).
- Manana, revisiting the knowledge for further understanding.
- Nididhyasana, the phase of experimentation.
In jnana yoga, the ultimate aim is to understand the reality of atma (soul) and the ability to differentiate it from body. A person truly established in the path of jnana yoga becomes free from all worldly desires and has contentment.
Though the four paths of yoga seem to be completely different from each other, they lead to the same goal of self realization, and the union of the individual and universal self.