A complete description of senses and how to control them have been written by the great Seer Sri Swami Sivnananda. 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'.
Senses are not different from Mind in 'Control of the Indriyas by Sri Swami Sivananda'.
Sri Swami Sivananda says about the senses:
Indriyas are objectified desires. Will to see is ...
The path of knowledge is commonly referred to as Jnana Yoga. What is meant by Jnana depends upon the scripture being read. Oftentimes scripture will distinguish between
Vijnana (refers to Knowledge -meaning Realization of Brahman, Transcendent Perception of the Ultimate) and
Jnana (meaning mental and scriptural knowledge/understanding of Brahman, but not ...
The single line answer is "Pure bhakthi and Pure Jnana are same".
If you try to study both gurus lives, you will understand that:
Sankaracharya is outwardly jnani but inside he is a pure bhaktha.
Sri Ramakrishna is Outwardly bhaktha but inside he is pure Jnani.
Sankara himself re-initiated most of famous south Indian temple daily procedures and we can ...
Jnana or Jivanmukti is a state wherein, all the perceptions of duality is removed and the non-dual alone remains. In Isha Upanishad a Jnani is defined as a person "who perceives his Self in all objects and all objects in his Self/Atman"
Basically, Atma-Jnana or Brahma-Jnana means, realizing first-hand that one's true identity is not body or mind, but is ...
Good question sir. Here is an advaita view on this. According to this view, the jiva and Paramatma are one.
Jnana means wisdom. Wisdom of what? Wisdom of your own True Nature is Jnana.
You are not this body, nor are you the mind, nor the intellect, nor the individual ego. You are the Brahman, God.
Adi Shankaracharya's Nirvana Shatakam
Sri Krishna teaches:
Undoubtedly, O Arjuna, the mind is restless and hard to control. But by practice (abhyasa) and dispassion (vairagya) it can be controlled. [BG 6.35]
Charity, the performance of one's duty, the observance of vows, general and particular, the hearing of the scriptures, meritorious acts, and all other ...
They're equally important.
I'm here quoting some relevant quotes of Swami Vivekananda from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Bhakti-Yoga/Definition of Bhakti:
There is not really so much difference between knowledge (Jnana) and love (Bhakti) as people sometimes imagine. We shall see, as we go on, that in the end they converge and meet at the ...
Yes the sloka is from Garuda Puranam (2.49.98).
The following images(& texts) are from the book called Garuda Purana Saaraam(The essence of Garuda Purana).
tŸvat tapo vrataÄ t rthaÄ japa homŸrcanŸdikam |
veda ÀŸstrŸgama kathŸ yŸvat tattvaÄ na vindati || 2.49.98 ||
Penances, vows, pilgrimage,
prayers, sacrifice, worship, scriptural study and ...
Here are some verses:
yad-anudhyāsinā yuktāḥ karma-granthi-nibandhanam | chindanti kovidās
tasya ko na kuryāt kathā-ratim ||
Who will not develop attraction for topics of the Lord, remembrance of
whom, like a sword, will cut the knots of karma?
bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ | kṣīyante ...
Raja Yoga is the method of attaining Realization through the control of the prana and psychic forces. The methods as outlined by Patanjali in his Yoga Aphorisms are for the most part accepted as the way to practice it in modern Vedanta. Swami Vivekananda says in the Preface to his book Raja Yoga (which includes his translation of Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms), ...
It is popularly believed that Sankara taught only Jnana. But an examination of his writings reveals otherwise. In his Vivekachudamani, Crest Jewel of Discrimination, Sankara says (Swami Madhavananda translator):
verse 31. Among things conducive to Liberation, devotion (Bhakti) alone holds the supreme place. The seeking after one's real nature is ...
Merge of Bhakti into Jnana:
According to Bhagavad Gita, verse 10.10 & 10.11 (English translation from Gitapress):
तेषां सततयुक्तानां भजतां प्रीतिपूर्वकम् ।
ददामि बुद्धियोगं तं येन मामुपयान्ति ते ॥
On those ever united through meditation with Me and worshipping Me with love, I confer that Yoga of wisdom by which they come to Me.
According to Adi Sankaracharya commentary on this verse, Jijnashu is one who wants to know the reality of the lord and Jnani is one who already have intellectual knowledge and aspires of liberation.
7.16 Again, O Arjuna, foremost of the Bharata dynasty, caturvidhah, four classes; of janah, people; who are eminent among human beings and are pious in ...
jnana-yogis receive jnana from Guru that he is part of parmatma and hence meditating on that conviction alone will make him parmatma/liberated.
Vijyanbhairava Tantra, verse 102 talks about such yogi:
'सर्वज्ञः सर्वकर्ता च व्यापक: परमेश्वर:।
स एवाहं शैवधर्मा इति दार्ढ्याच्छिवो भ्रवेत् ॥
"The Highest Lord is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. As I ...
Karma (i.e. doing actions following Dharma), Bhakti will gradually lead to Jnana and Jnana liberates.
O King of mountains! Meditation with Karma and Jñâna with Bhakti will
lead one to Me. Only the work alone will fail to get one to Me. O
Himavan! From Dharma arises Bhakti and from Bhakti arises the
Highest Jñâna. What are said in the S'ruti and Smriti S'...
The clearest statement of Jnana that I have come across is that of Yudhisthira in Mahabharata:
There are two well-known paths (for us), viz, the path of the Pitris
and the path of the gods. They that perform sacrifices go by the
Pitri-path, while they that are for salvation, go by the god-path. By
penances, by Brahmacharya, by study (of the Vedas), ...
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 is a good starting point.
Chapter 4 text and commentaries by 4 renowned Vaishnava Sampradayas
Video Lectures on Chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita
To get the gist of it see these series of videos by Swami Sarvapriyananda of Ramakrishna Mission:
Message of the Upanishads and Who am I? videos
You have asked 2 questions.
The first question is what will a person realize without knowledge of Hindu metaphysics.
This is an excellent question. To answer this we have to know that there are essentially three different types of meditation: meditation on eternal subject, meditation on eternal object and finally meditation on neither.
The source of eternal ...
In the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna Enquires from Bhagavan
who is perfect? Whether a person engaged in devotional service to him or those who worship the impersonal brahman.
Then Lord replied that
"mayy avesya mano ye mam
te me yuktatama matah"
He whose mind is fixed on My personal form, always engaged in worshiping Me ...
Ramkrishna had tried many different methods of spiritual growth including Tantra. He found Kaali Upasana particularly engaging but soon realized that he is not progressing spiritually and graduating from Dwaita to Adwaita. Under the guidance of Totapuri, a master in Adwaita school, he attained the Nirvikalp Samadhi state. The account is mentioned in the ...
Jnana and Vijnana
The difference between jnana and vijnana occurs in the Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa tradition.
According to this tradition:
Jnana means knowledge. Knowledge of what. Knowledge of Brahman as the only reality.
However this is not complete non-duality, (or Advaita), this is because if you are aware of knowledge, then you are aware of ...
The OP is referring to, perhaps, to the following sloka from the 3rd chapter of BG.
ज्यायसी चेत्कर्मणस्ते मता बुद्धिर्जनार्दन।
तत्किं कर्मणि घोरे मां नियोजयसि केशव।।3.1।।
Arjuna said O Janardana, if knowledge is held to be superior to action
by You, then why do You engage me in action that is terrible, O Kesava
The following slokas are to ...
The scriptures say that all these 3 paths are valid methods to Moksha. So, one can choose one depending on one's aptitudes.
And, it is not like that if one follows any one of them, one can not follow any other. A combined approach is also possible as stated in the following passages (read the 2nd blockquote, which clearly talks about the combined approach) ...
These are not independent paths to Moksha, but rather steps that build upon one another and thereby lead to Moksha. This excerpt from Vedanta Desikan's Rahasyatraya Sara describes the progression of Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga:
Karma Yoga means the performance of certain kinds of Karmas or rites and duties as the result of knowledge acquired ...
There are two identities one is defined by your family tree . The second is your true self ( Atman) which is secretly coded by God. The process of life should be how closer you bring your atma (Consciousness) to the Brahman . The process of bringing our everyday thoughts , decision and action nearer to Brahman (True Knowledge)is called "SuKarma " Good ...
Jnana Yoga or Janna Marga (wisdom or knowledge) is considered the most difficult of the four main paths of Yoga namely;
3.Bhakti Yoga and
Jnana Yoga requires great strength of will and a deep intellect. Jnana Yoga’s main focus is on self-inquiry, and in this context one must remember the famous phrase “WHO AM ...
Is Jnana means knowledge alone or knowledge by experience in Hinduism?
According to Ramanujacharya in the Sri Bhashya, the word jnana in the Upanishads means something more than an intellectual understanding of the texts, but instead means direct, self-realization of Brahman.
But a distinction has here to be made regarding the nature of this