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    what is Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga?

    Dear friends

    I recently read Bhagavad Gita translation... I was thinking there were only 4 types of yogas... but it mentioned about Gnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga as taught by Sri Krishna as an ultimate Yoga, which never heard much about earlier... Can anyone explain better about that..?

    Starting with, let me try to clarify that Karma Yoga by simple statement: Do your duty without expecting personal benefit... correct enough? Jnana yoga mean to attain knowledge by studying scriptures... is this ok? If then, what does Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga mean? is the question.

    Thank You

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    More appropriate meanings of 3 Yogas as per Gita


    Following may be more appropriate meanings:

    Karma Yoga - Performing obligatory actions as an offering to God.
    Jnana Yoga - Seeking subjective Self-Knowledge.
    Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga - Abandoning actions for objective knowledge.

    Ra K Sankar

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    thanks Sankar for your reply
    Your first 2 explanations are fine & good.

    but for 3rd - Abandoning actions for seeking knowledge - doesnot seem right....

    because when I looked: meaning for Abandon - To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility.

    abondoning actions means getting rid of duty or karma for knowledge - is not sensible thing to do if i am reasonable enough...

    rather acquiring knowledge for completing karma or actions seems better reasonable explanation to my view point...

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    Seeking the Self has only the diad of "seeker-seeking" died


    Why must we seek the meaning of the word "abandon" ?

    The triad of the "seeker-seeking-sought" obscures the Self.
    So, realizing this, the right-minded one turns totally within,
    abandoning all inclinations to seek objective knowledge.

    When we seek the Self within, there is only the diad of the "seeker-seeking",
    because the Self never becomes the object of any effort.

    When the seeker merges in the Self,
    both the seeking and the seeker are dissolved,
    and the ever-present Self shines.

    Ra K Sankar

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    Re: what is Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga?

    Pranaams Sankar,

    thanks again for the reply & explanation....

    Do you have difference between the terms objective knowledge & subjective knowledge at all?

    Abondoning all inclinations/actions for seeking self-knowledge to merge dissolve with the supreme self - which means continuous penance - meditation yoga - tapas for years- is this your meaning for Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga?

    thank again

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    Intermittent self-inquiry, the essence of JKS Yoga


    We resolve not to seek any objective knowledge.
    In any seeking, there is the seeker.
    The seeker did not exist during dreamless sleep, but has arisen during waking.
    Hence, the waking seeker, seeks to know "wherefrom he has sprung".
    This seeking brings about the "diad (2)" of "seeker-seeking".

    Because, as already explained, the Self is not an object of any pursuit.
    This is because the Self is eternal and abides everywhere.
    No one can know the Self, for there are no 2 selves one to know the other,
    and the seeker, the ego, the body-consciousness, has to cease to exist.

    But, due to impressions of seeking the objective world,
    this seeking of the source of the seeker cannot be kept up continuously.

    When the seeker is drawn out of the pursuit of the seeking the source,
    we must relax the effort and just let the seeker (mind) wander about.

    Then quickly the seeking must be turned to the source (of the mind, the Self).
    This intermittent self-inquiry if kept up, gradually the Self will manifest.

    There is no end to the joy and strength,
    flowing from even a little of this pursuit.

    You may visit the website, "",
    where my American friend Jerry has posted all my translations,-
    from Tamil into English done for "",-
    of the scriptural works of Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi and
    His ardent Disciple Saint Sri Sadhu Aum.

    If you email to "" your email id,
    I can also forward the said translation pdf files.

    Ra K Sankar

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    Re: what is Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga?

    Thank you very much for your explanation and emailing the translation pdf files, will read and think about it... thanks again

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    Jnana yoga is living with an attitude and knowledge that the inner self (atman) is the real self. It is considered to be more difficult to practice than karma yoga. In this yoga, one's life and actions are illuminated by the knowledge of self.
    A jnana yogi also, like a karma yogi, does not renounce actions. He performs his actions just like a karmayogi, without seeking the fruit of his actions. But he goes one step further and performs them with the awareness that he is indeed neither the body nor the mind nor the senses, but the illuminated self itself. This is called Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga or renunciation of the fruit of action through knowledge of self.
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