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					Jnana Yoga – Yoga For The Intelligent

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Jnana means the knowledge. This yoga is the yoga for the intelligent and
selected people. This yoga is the ultimate goal of all the other
varieties of yoga. This yoga teaches you to look at the world as it is
without any ignorance and bias. You can achieve this state by practicing
rigorous mental discipline and virtue. This yoga is also called Raja Yoga
or the king of all the yogas, since it is of the highest variety and
rules over all the other varieties. This is the Yoga th...


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yoga, jnana yoga,Ashtanga yoga


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Jnana means the knowledge. This yoga is the yoga for the intelligent and
selected people. This yoga is the ultimate goal of all the other
varieties of yoga. This yoga teaches you to look at the world as it is
without any ignorance and bias. You can achieve this state by practicing
rigorous mental discipline and virtue. This yoga is also called Raja Yoga
or the king of all the yogas, since it is of the highest variety and
rules over all the other varieties. This is the Yoga that Patanjali has
described in his Yoga Sutras.

This yoga is made up of eight parts of which five are external and the
other three are internal. Two of its parts, viz yama and niyama deal with
types of behaviour that the student of yoga should avoid like lying,
cheating, stealing etc. and those behaviours that he should cultivate
like cleanliness, non-collection etc. Asanas and Pranayama are the next
two parts of this yoga. Asanas are the physical movements that help in
developing the suppleness of the body and thus cure any diseases. You can
control your breath by using pranayama which increases the capacity of
the lungs to take in air and thus increases the vitality of the body. The
next part Pratyahara denotes the withdrawal of the sense organs from
objects of enjoyment. The remaining three parts deal with intense mental
concentration.

Patanjali maintained that practicing these eight parts of yoga faithfully
and intensely will, over a period of time, erase all the impurities of
the body and mind and thus attain knowledge that will liberate the person
from bondage and ignorance. This yoga is called Ashtanga Yoga since it is
made of eight parts. It is also called as Dhyana yoga due to its stress
on mental concentration. Hence, whenever there is any mention of yoga, it
is usually implied that the person is talking about Jnana Yoga

				
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