Friday, August 2, 2013

The subject of jnana and jnana yoga is very deep and vast, nevertheless we must discuss it briefly. In general, jnana or knowledge is of two kinds: verbal or theoretical knowledge and practical or experienced knowledge. Mere book knowledge without practical experience is shallow and superficial. Both theoretical and practical knowledge can be further classified into two: knowledge of material subjects and knowledge of divine subjects. There is theoretical and practical knowledge of spirituality. A person with mere theoretical knowledge is one who memorises the Vedas and other scriptures, but has not practiced any spiritual discipline. Such a person has no practical experience.