Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga

There are two paths Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga

Lord Krishna mention in Bhagavata Gita verse 3.3

लोकेऽस्मिन्द्विविधा निष्ठा पुरा प्रोक्ता मयानघ | ज्ञानयोगेन साङ्ख्यानां कर्मयोगेन योगिनाम् ||

O sinless one, the two paths leading to enlightenment were previously explained by me: the path of knowledge, for those inclined toward contemplation, and the path of work for those inclined toward action

Jnana-Nishta (ज्ञाननिष्ठा)

  • One who knows that the qualities ( three qualities Sattva, Rajas, Tamas ) which are born as result of Maya are seen , act and exists within the sphere of Maya.
  • The one who is knower of the Atman, and who are not attach to this false physical body
  • Who discern between the self and non-self ( आत्म – अनात्म​ )
  • This type of understanding is called Jnana Yoga (ज्ञाननिष्ठा) or Sannyasa or Sankhya Yoga

Yoga-Nishta (योगनिष्ठा)

  • One who does his actions without the attachment to their results ( he does actions as his duties or with the need to survive this body )
  • It is also called as Karma Yoga or Yoga-Nishtā

There is a thin difference in both, the Karma Yoga is preparatory to the Jnana Yoga. Final path for liberation is Jnana Yoga.

Jnana Yoga is seeing oneself as the ever present Atman, and falsifying this physical body.


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