June: Jñana Yoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge
by Kevin Sahaj, 30-Apr-2016
Theme of the month May 2016
jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge
This month's theme from the Bhagavad Gita is the path of jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge.
jñāna is not knowledge in the same way we normally understand the word. jñāna is like a fire that burns away that which is not true. So by seeing the truth, the false automatically disappears. Directing the mind towards itself and the eternal Self, is the method of jñāna-agniḥ or "the fire of knowledge".
The asana here is not a physical asana, is to just stay with this fire with our mind looking at itself is a pure state of presence. We take a seat in awareness and become the Seer, looking within for the eternal freedom to free ourselves from the ignorance of the constant reactive state of our mind, called Karma.
The sum of all these reactive tendencies call sarva-karmāṇi is what causes us to suffer and be disconnected to our real nature of perfect freedom and joy or Krishna consciousness. By understanding lighting the fire of jñāna we are practicing a yoga burning these karmic tendencies to ashes. What is left is who we really are.
Jñāna yoga is not complex philosophical study or logic it is being truly aware who we really are and who we are not. According to Krishna we are the eternal Soul beyond suffering. Divine consciousness is our real nature we just have to light the fire of inquiry and keep it burning.
yathaidhāṁsi samiddho ’gnir
bhasma-sāt kurute ’rjuna
bhasma-sāt kurute tathā
"As a blazing ﬁre turns ﬁrewood to ashes, O Arjuna, so does the ﬁre of knowledge burn to ashes all karmic tendencies."
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.