Monday, February 19, 2007

Path of Yoga and Path of Jnana

Yoga is the path of effort i.e in Yoga you assume body is real , mind is real and that they have to be purified controlled , made stable before going to higher levels .Jnana is the path of effortlessness i.e here we do not try to control the body / mind as we take both body and mind to be unreal and inert and not worth controlling and spend our whole time and energy in just abiding in the self .OSHO , Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi , J.Krishnamurthy , Eckhart Tolle , Nisargadatta Maharaj etc advocated the path of effortlessness i.e path of Jnana while people like Swami Sivananda , Sringeri Acharyas , Kanchi Paramacharya, Swami Vivekananda and other spiritual saints advocated the path of effort i.e Yoga Marga .There is no question of who is right or who is wrong .The path of Yoga and path of Jnana are both needed and it is always advisable to start first with the path of effort i.e yoga marga and later one must switch over to the path of effortlessness i.e Jnana Marga .
Note : Here Yoga denotes everything : Raja Yoga , Karma Yoga , Bhakthi Yoga , Hatha Yoga etc


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