June 15, 2007

Gita XIX-The way of knowledge: Jnana Marga

We can reach the goal of perfection; attain the saving truth in three different ways, by knowledge of Reality or adoration and love (bhakti) of the Supreme Being or by the subjection of the will to the Divine purpose (karma). At the end, knowledge, love and action mingle together. God himself is reality, truth and bliss. To those who are seeking light, HE is Eternal Light, clear and radiant as the sun at noonday, in which there is no darkness; to those struggling for virtue, HE is Eternal Righteousness, steadfast and impartial; and to those emotionally inclined, HE is Eternal Love and Beauty of Holiness.

Even as God combines in Himself all these features, man aims at the integral life of spirit. Cognition, will and feeling, though logically distinguishable, are not separable I concrete life and unity of mind. They are different aspects of the one movement of the soul.

19 comments:

surjit said...

very very truthful words.A wonderful blog.My best wishes.

Enemy of the Republic said...

I will come back to this--sorry I haven't visited, but I've been a little nuts and your blog is one to savor. I have studied Jnana Yoga and by far it is the most interesting and the most difficult. Raja Yoga may get us into the mystical state, but only Jnana can help us understand it.

Paul said...

Cognition, will, and feeling seems to categorize the essential features of inner life well.

Seems to me that anything you can mention would fall into one of these areas - I think (...ha ha. That is, cognition. Except for the "ha ha," which was feeling.)

And now, I "will" conclude these remarks...

Kaetie said...

In the Philip Glass opera, Satgrahaya, sung in sanscrit, the gita is quoted a lot. I love the bit where Krishna says something like..(misquote probably).."Fear not for the winning or losing Arjuna, yet brace yourself for the fight." So wonderful. Lose self-importance. Don't worry if people like or hate you. This is the road to freedom. Mucho love, Kaetie
http://kaetiekalfou.eponym.com

sap said...

oh! so much pleasure it gives me to see someone blogging on the philosophy of the gita. i have always turned to the gita in moments of distress, and even otherwise!

maybe we Indians can set up a blog where we all can talk about our love for the philosophy of gita.

eric313 said...

one movemnet, one soul. Your words, though brief, make all the sense in the world. First time commenter, but I've been reading you for a while. Just wanted to say hello and thank you for your calming writings and wisdom.
Take care.

KentuckyGal said...

I enjoy this blog very much.

desparado said...

Nice blog.Being a spiritual person myself I like the simplicity in which bhagvad gita is explained.
I myself studied sanskrit for three years.I'm now trying to study and interpret Gita myself.
I also practise hatha yoga and meditation.
Wanna trade links?
My Blog

adi said...

have always wanted to read more n more of gita, and then to write about it, think your blog will fill that space in my thoughts :)

deepanjali said...

Your blog is nice. I think you should add your blog at www.blogadda.com and let more people discover your blog. It's a great place for Indian bloggers to be in and I am sure it would do wonders for your blog.

Zareba said...

It has been a while since I have been here. Life got large and needed some intense concentration. I am glad to see you are still posting and sharing. Your posts make me think.

cyclopseven said...

You believe that Gita is real? And, worth reading?

David said...

a whole new blog of you,
here from michele

Anonymous said...

Every religion or belief will have a dark side maybe this is part of it.

Swahilya said...

Karma, Bhakthi and Gnana - all rivers that merge into the same ocean. All life is Yoga.

m.m.m. said...

ohhh...the Gita is awesome.

Nice choice.

rubenh (thesocialreformer.com) said...

show me the way..

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AMIT said...

You wrote it very well.

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