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October 2009

This issue of Yoga focuses on Swami Sivananda’s teachings on jnana yoga.

High on Waves

Jnana Yoga

Vairagya

Viveka Prashnottari

Shat-Sampat: Six-fold Virtues

The Voice of Conscience

Practice of Meditation in Jnana Yoga

The Experience of Silence

What is Brahman?

The Philosophy of Vedanta

The State of Jnana



The State of Jnana

I sat in padmasana. I meditated on atman. I forgot myself and the surroundings. I saw something which I had never before seen in my life. I heard a nada which I had never heard before. There was a sensation and knowledge that I was absolutely free from all attachments. I had an experience of new knowledge. The thought of atman continued for some time. I had a novel experience of pure bliss. It is a void full of light and knowledge and bliss, free from vicissitudes of this world.

The jnana state is very difficult to explain or comprehend. It is a tremendously high state wherein all the tattwas, elements, drop by themselves and only chidakasha shines by itself like the infinite ocean of vyoma or ethereal space.

It is the state of pure knowledge which transcends the pleasures of natural scenery and beauties, which are the creations of maya. They veil our eyes and prevent us from experiencing the infinite natural beauty of atman. The melodious music of birds is also a creation of maya. It prevents us from hearing the natural nada of Om – the sweetest pranava dhwani. That nirvana state which transcends all the wonders of the manifest world is the jnana state.

Jnana mouna is that state wherein the mind remains merged in Brahman. In this state, there is not the slightest trace of the notion of I. As there is no mental activity and no doer, all the karmas are burnt in the jnanagni, fire of wisdom. The jiva, individual, feels that he is entirely different from the five koshas or sheaths. In jnana absolute, there is neither east nor west, neither dawning nor setting, neither life nor death, neither waking consciousness nor dream state, neither thinking nor knowing, neither light nor darkness.

The trinity of karta, actor, karma, action, and karana, instrument, will shine as one in the self of jnanis. What an exalted state it is! It can never be adequately described in words.

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