“Others, by discrimination, offer up their sense activities, and the energy within those activities, in the fires of self-control.” —The Bhagavad Gita (4:27)
A practitioner of gyana yoga, known as a gyana yogi, seeks the answer to the question, “Who am I?” They stand mentally aside from their own body and mind, and become the silent observer of their own self. Gradually they will feel inwardly detached, and will accept that they are the divine soul merely dreaming everything that happens to its individual-seeming consciousness, meaning that nothing besides the soul truly exists; that all else is temporary. (3)
Gyana Yoga is not what many philosophically minded seekers imagine it to be. It is not a path for intellectuals who want exact, carefully worded definitions. It begins and ends with the task of demolishing the sense of “I” and merging it into the divine consciousness.
Question from Tammy: I understand from Autobiography of a Yogi, that the type of Yoga that most Yogis preferred was Raja Yoga. Is this true? What is the difference between Raja Yoga Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and the energization excersizes? Do you practice Yoga, and what type of yoga do you do? I practice Hatha yoga. Should I switch to Raja yoga for…