What is Jnana Yoga?
Jnana is a Sanskrit term that means "spiritual knowledge" or "wisdom." Jnana Yoga builds awareness that the body is inseparable from Brahman, who is our absolute reality and is ultimate Truth.
Jnana Yoga is the yoga of Self-knowledge. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna describes Jnana as understanding the difference between the body and the knower of the body - the soul. Ramana Maharishi is arguably the best-known recent times exponent of Jnana Yoga. He advocated a path of self-inquiry - asking oneself 'Who am I?' - as the path to Self-realisation. Through this type of yoga, he taught that we are not the body - the senses, the cognitive organs, or the thinking mind; rather that we are Awareness - and that the nature of pure Awareness is existence-consciousness-bliss.
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Who was Jnana Yoga founded by?
Jnana Yoga is a traditional form of yoga, so its precise origins are unknown.
When was Jnana Yoga founded?
Jnana Yoga was first mentioned in The Bhagavad Gita, around 300-200 BC.
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