Self-realisation and Self-analysis of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga

Ramanuja`s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita analyses the practice of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga to show by which a Jivatma can pursue this goal;   said Sri M.V. Anantapadmanabhacharya in a lecture. The first six chapters are devoted to the exposition of the method of Self-realisation through Karma Yoga and Jnana yoga. The second set of six chapters deals with Bhakti Yoga and states that the object of Bhakti is God. The third set sums up and clarifies the essence of what was earlier explained.
Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga should not to be dealt as separate entities; but to be studied, practised and analysed as interlinked and integrated process. As per self-analysis; I would like to say that my articles  published in Yoga and Spirituality such as ‘Working with Values in Public and Professional life’ in Karma Yoga,   ‘My role as a Seeker and Searcher in Life’ in Jnana Yoga and ‘Aloneness in Yoga and Spirituality’ in Bhakti Yoga; are reflections of my self-realisation.
I desire to publish many such articles in coming months based on self-realisation and self-analysis of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga related to my experience in life ; which I hope will be beneficial to the readers and viewers of Yoga and Spirituality.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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12 Responses to Self-realisation and Self-analysis of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga

  1. Though I have not read any of these speakers and thinkers, I have a few things to share.

    I do not understand the word “Jnana” yoga. I think, it should be spealt as “Gyana” yoga. This appears to me the right translation of Knowledge in Hindi.

    You have very rightly classified periods of your life in to three phases.

    As far as I have understood the religion, Karma is required to be done physically. So, all acts, requiring primarily physical execution are dealt in Karma Yoga. Though Karma yoga requires best mental function too, but here physical work is supreme. They are usually the rulers, fighters, sportsman etc.

    The knowledge part, observation, investigation, inference, discussions, decisions, decision between right or wrong and all acts requiring primarily cerebral functions, are classified under Gyana (Jnana) Yoga. They are the teachers and consultants.

    Bhakti yoga is happiness through emotions or limbic cortex and service. This relates to complete submission on the part of individual to anybody whom he thinks devoted to. He may be God as per person’s own thinking or any individual the person finds devoted to. Here spirit of service is supreme rather than perfection in mental or physical activity.

    Physically or mentally capable persons, in a position to do socially required tasks, doing their work in best possible way, working honestly, truthfully and with a service above self motive, are supposed to pursue Karma Yoga or Gyana Yoga. These two categories require highest degree of mental or physical perfection and responsibility. They are rulers and teachers in their sphere of activity.

    Third category, I think is for personalities, who can not take to first two paths, because of age or other reasons. This category also provides peace and Moksha to persons who followed first two paths in their prime life and have now retired from these paths.

    Three paths are intimately intermixed to generate various paths with varying percentage of each three. The three basic paths, and other resultant paths are suitable for different types of personalities or stages in life.

    Moksha is probably the complete satisfaction after which there is no desire to know or achieve physically in life. As per Lord Krishna one can achieve Moksha in all three ways.

    I will welcome your wisdom to rectify my shortcomings in understanding facts of life.

    • The Bhagavad Gita upholds the path of action as the fundamental pivot of human existence. All beings are compelled to act from the time of birth since even breathing is an act. Similarly, knowing, experiencing, observing, witnessing, etc., are acts that imply a doer- knower, observer, witnesser or experiencer. In the process, what is known, experienced, witnessed or observed becomes the object of actions.But who is the doer? Is it the Self ( Atma ) or is it the body-mind complex ? Every Jivatma faces this difficulty to identify the doer since the Atma has entered into a partnership with the body-mind complex to function in this world.

      *Excerpt from the article ‘Unique partnership’ published in ‘Religion’ columns of ‘The Hindu’ on August 30, 2011.

      • Some people are emotionally very loving, very affectionate. Such people find Bhakti Yoga as the supreme and Bhakti Yoga will be very very helpful for them to grow very fast towards the highest achievement. Some people are great intellectuals, they have got powerful intellect. They can understand. They can see through things and their logical brain is very strong. For them the Jnana Yoga is the best. The Jnana Yoga uses that intellect to transcend itself to go the highest. There are some people who are very good at hands, doing work, any work you give immediately they are going to do that. They may not be great thinkers but they can do the work very efficiently and see that the work is done. For such people the Karma Yoga is the best. But today in the modern society we need all these dimensions; intellectually one should be very sharp, emotionally highly developed and good at work; otherwise one cannot face the challenges of the modern era of science and technology.

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  3. drmcpanda says:

    I have referred the following excerpt in drafting the article ‘Self-realisation and Self-analysis of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga’ as stated below:

    *Ramanuja`s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita analyses the practice of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga to show by which a Jivatma can pursue this goal; said Sri M.V. Anantapadmanabhacharya in a lecture. The first six chapters are devoted to the exposition of the method of Self-realisation through Karma Yoga and Jnana yoga. The second set of six chapters deals with Bhakti Yoga and states that the object of Bhakti is God. The third set sums up and clarifies the essence of what was earlier explained.

    *Excerpt from ‘The Lord`s teaching’ in the caption ‘Religion’ published in THE HINDU on August 18,2010.

  4. Vinod Varma says:

    A small clarification, if I may.

    I find that, the sanskrit word standing for knowledge is pronounced in north and south India differently and correspondingly it is written both as Gyana and Jnana while translated in English. Therefore, both the usages Gyanayoga and Jnanayoga are right and synonymous.

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  7. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    The Bhagavad Gita is the essence of the teachings of the Upanishads and, in simple terms, Krishna explains the way to salvation through the paths of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga.

  8. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Realization and Analysis of one`s self are to co-ordinate the term and condition in Yoga & Spirituality, by virtue of those one can shape himself and stretches to the path of his ultimate goal; that is start-point and end-point are one. In between the interval of two points one will be subjected to Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga if in perfect integration then he will be definitely a fortunate realized soul which you have clearly enumerated but one has to broaden by self-analysis to pluck the fruit and taste the elixir at the same time. Thanks for your valuable publication. Here to make easy understanding I put an example and request every viewer to observe his own watch that poses three hands; such as one for second that strokes 60 times to move one point of minute hand called Karma Yoga, while the minute hand has to stroke 60 times to move one point of hour hand called Bhakti Yoga and when these three hands are charged with energy point and work unendingly we can be able to know the time, called Jnana Yoga. Because Time is God and God is Time is achieved which is only possible by self-realization and self-analysis but no doubt destiny reaped by past actions has prime role. Hence one should be alert and cautious for every action presently for blissful life.

    With Regards,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  9. Umesh Panda says:

    The combination of head, heart and hand makes a complete man… Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga..

  10. The real meaning of renunciation ( tyaga) is to realize in every work the God is the sole doer.Even though we are attached to all activities ultimately He is the karta (doer). God himself through Maya deluded humans being to all desires but remains detached in them.

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