The Jnana Path as a 21st Century Way of Life – Br. Shankara

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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jnana-mind“The man whose mind is not under his control has no Self-knowledge and no contemplation either. Without contemplation he can have no peace; and without peace, how can he have happiness?” —Bhagavad Gita 2.66

Swami Adiswarananda writes, “The emphasis of the technique of jnana-yoga is… on deepening, widening, strengthening, and heightening one’s consciousness of the Self. (By) constant discrimination… everything that is not-Self is dissolved into the Self. The jnana-yogi’s practice of discrimination is focusing the searchlight of knowledge on everything everywhere.” —from The Four Yogas, p211

The mind must be fully controlled? The searchlight of knowledge must be focused on everything everywhere? What can possibly produce the motivation to make such efforts? Br. Shankara discusses this, and other aspects of how to integrate jnana-yoga practice into your everyday life.