Yoga & Jnana Yoga

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I feel that it may be very useful to discuss the two distinct approaches to realisation adopted by the ancient sages of India. Gita says path of Yoga for the men of action which implies that these men remained within the society and discharged their obligations and path of Sankhya for the renunciates.

It is clear that Lord Krishna is at pains to explain at length to Arjuna that the path of Yoga is in no way inferior and instead may be more suited to the vast majority as the other (approach to formless and attribute-less absolute) was difficult and premature renunciation often leads to hypocrisy.

The Yogis did not renounce action but were aware of the laws that operated. Lord Krishna speaks very highly about Sage Kapila who gave the philosophical background to Yoga and may have been the ancient founder of Yoga way of life which in relatively modern times is best codified by Maharshi Patanjali.

Forces which are named as Sattva,Rajas and tamas are explained in detail. It is said that the knowers of reality (Tatvavettu) understand the division of everything as trinity and know that it is these forces in their subtle form that impel a man to action and hence don't get perturbed (Gita).

Ramana Maharshi has said that Self is seen clearly in the state of Suddha or Pure Sattva. Action performed with intelligence leads to purification and increases Sattva. This force is responsible for true knowledge which destroys ignorance and itself gets annihilated later.

mbnarayana's picture

bhagad vadgeeta is a guide

bhagad vadgeeta is a guide to patanjali yoga sutras.Lord krishna explains about asana pranayama ahara suddhi(etc)to the devotees who practice yoga

mbnarayana | Sat, 06/04/2011 - 08:28