What is Jnana Yoga?
Jnana Yoga is knowledge and it is the philosophical side of Sanatana Dharma. Jnana yoga frees one from ignorance, that is ignorance of the true self by given you the knowledge of the true self. Vedanta is the study term used for the Jnana yoga as this is the end or final teachings of the Vedas – Ved for Veda and Anta for end. The Vedanta text’s are primarily the Upanishads which are scattered throughout the 4 Vedas (Rig, Sama, Yajur, Artharva Vedas).
However the Bhagavadgita and Brahma Sutras are also considered primary texts of Vedanta. There are also many thousands of secondary texts such as Vedantasara, Tattva Bodha, Atma Bodha etc. Great Swamis have also left us with their welcomed commentary’s so that we can understand the true meaning of these invaluable texts. Acharya’s such as Shankaracharya and Gauḍapadacharya and of more recent times, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Chinmayananda and there have been many many more respected gurus over the centurys.
Jnana yoga is the inward journey to the self through knowledge. It is a very structured and logical journey through various steps so that ones mind can begin to understand the truth about ones self. Like with any study we need the mind and intellect to go through this journey but it will culminate in leaving them both behind and all that remains is the self. This knowledge can give you freedom whilst in this body as opposed to freedom at the death of the body meaning living a life of bliss will ensue.
Your Jnana Yoga
To begin your journey we would recommend joining one of classes on Vedanta. Here we will study many texts over time such as the Bhagavdgita, many of the Upanishads, Vedantasara, Tattva Bodha, Aparokshanubhuti, Atma Bodha, Ashta Vakra gita, Yoga Vashistha and many many more. Click here to register your interest
Join one of classes by registering here or seeing our calendar. Our satsanga, puja, havan, katha, lectures and classes are conducted by Pandit Hamesh Kharag who is the officiating pandit at the Sanatan Cultural Society Mandir in Waltham Cross.