Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga

Jnana yoga is the path to self-realization for seekers who have a predominantly intellectual nature. The jnana yoga uses the intellect to transcend itself to go the highest. In jnana yoga, the seeker follows the rationalistic method of distinguishing the truth from untruth and the real from the unreal by using the power of discrimination and analysis.

There might be few people those might have begun the sadhana or practice of jnana yoga approaching the self directly through the discriminating power of the mind. For most people the practice of jnana yoga should be ideally associated or preceded with action and interaction of karma yoga with a high level of physical and mental vitality and by an integrated approach with bhakti yoga to ventilate emotional energy and raja yoga for physical and mental strength.

Jnana yoga can be practised as meditation. In the process of meditation the mind concentrates to analyse every action and interaction seeking to distinguish the real from the unreal. The greater one`s self-awareness and dedication to this quest, the more one will observe change in response to enhanced understanding. In long-term the mind of jnana yogi becomes calm while the intelligence and clarity sharpen.

Yoga and Spirituality blog has been my path for self-realization through jnana yoga.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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17 Responses to Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga

  1. I have referred the chapter ‘Jnana Yoga Meditation’ of the book ‘Sure Ways to Self-Realization’ authored by Swami Satyananda Saraswati published by Bihar School of Yoga, Munger Bihar India in drafting the article ‘Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga’.

  2. Thanks Dr.Panda for a nice stimulus & sharing the thoughts on self-realization.

    For me self-realization means ‘Think, Understand, Work & Introspect’.One should be at absolute peace during this process. Difficulties in this process should be overcome with peaceful mind.

    One should work for overall good of self & society. If self & society are at crossroads, then one should see he is not harming society. One should devote oneself to social cause as much as self permits.

  3. Vinod Varma says:

    Thanks for a very good explanation of self-realization through jnanayoga. Jnanayoga is often confused with intellectual pursuit. As you have brought out, it is about using intellect to transcend intellect; an endeavor seeking Siva with the help of (Jnana)Sakti.

  4. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    It is a big task to comment on your article. Nice article as your article clearly reminds us about integration of Karma,Bhakti and Jnana Yoga in human life. Sir, your article always shows us the real aspect of life.

    The human life is not made for only living in this society. The God has sent them for doing their Karma. After all Self-Realisation is the KEY for that Karma or duty which is only done by Jnana. Without knowledge how a man can realise about his karma.

    Sir, this article is very interesting for young mass.

    Kedarnath Sahu

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  6. Madhusudan Mahunta says:


    According to your view on article ‘Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga’, the jnana yoga is the highest philosophy among all Yoga in human life. Without jnana yoga the life is meaningless. Without self-realisation a man can not be a real man and also can not reach towards the PARAM PURUSHA or GOD.

    Thanking you
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Retd.Block Extension Educator
    Community Health Centre, Sohela Bargarh

  7. Janmejaya Samal says:


    It is a nice article which reminds us for our KARMA (DUTY). Afterall your all articles always show the key points. The article ‘Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga’ very nicely clarifies the inter-relationship between self-realisation and jnanayoga.

    Janmejaya Samal
    Senier Clerk(Estt.)
    Office of the C.D.M.O. Bargarh Odisha

  8. Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar and Very Good Morning with Happy Christmas 2011 and Happy New Year 2012 to You, All Your Family Members, Your Article Readers and Commentators.

    Your recent Article on ‘Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga’ is a wonderful article for all who ever read this article to start analyzing him/herself with Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga.

    Thanks a lot for a Nice, Meaningful and Useful Article.

    GOD Bless You to keep up your Interest and Enthusiam to write many more good and useful articles for the mankind in the coming days, the Year 2012 and also years together.

    With Regards,
    Mr.Nageswara Rao

  9. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Om Sri Sai Nathaya Namah

    The article on Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga is a nice article so far different practices on yoga systems are concerned. There are many yoga systems like Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and so on; and every one is related to its own sphere of activities for all round development of the mankind. Jnana Yoga is such a yoga for self-realization by the intellectuals.

    Man is the supreme creature created by the God having the power of conscience, intelligence and rationality and Jnani are those who stand at the apex of such mankind. So whatever yoga the yogis are practicing and let the others to be practiced are meant for the interest of mankind and all round development. It is very difficult on the part of the layman like us to go through such practices but your such article is guiding about different aspects of yoga from time to time.

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  11. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thanks for your posted article.

    In Jnana Yoga of GITA Lord Krishna says -Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhabati bharata………

    Swami Vivekananda says-Meditation is the direct service to human being.

  12. I like very much the Jnana (Gyana) Yoga and its theme as described by Dr.Panda. It’s because I have a good and deep relation with Jnana (Gyana) as my name is the same.

    Moreover I can say here that any practice without Jnana (Gyana) / Knowledge is meaningless, ‘cuz to get destination having an aim is the preparation to achieve something and knowledge regarding that path is important. Hence Jnana/ Gyana/ Knowledge is the main factor everywhere. It can be destroying for the world if the idea is bad and can save all in case of good.

    Always try to be the inventor of Good Ideas to save the world and infact Almighty has sent us for the same.

    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty

  13. Thank You Panda Sir for prompt updating of your blog with my comments on Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga.

    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty

  14. Dr.Krishna Chandra Sith, M.D. says:

    Dear Dr.Panda,
    Your article “Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga” is very difficult subject which needs careful reading & minute analysis, perhaps the book “Sure Ways to Self-Realization” authored by Swami Satyananda Saraswati published by Bihar School of Yoga will provide detailed vivid vision about the topic.

    The message I have derived from your article is as follows:
    “Self-Realization through Jnana Yoga will be achieved by a highly intellect person through practice of Meditation”.

    With Regards

  15. Respected Sir,

    By the by concomitantly I came across your topic Self-Realization through Gyana Yoga which is very excellent descriptive to understand and open easy way to merge the same for self-realization because mind is the seat to guide the body to put in action incessantly with absolute faith which is called Karma Yoga. Here man becomes ecstatic in nature but mind co-operates with intellect and it makes the body still and itself engages pin-pointedly with analysis of self and lastly realized the same called Gyana Yoga. Both methods though lead to self-realization, in later one may fall in prey on the way and may apply for second time as it is an analytical procedure but as the former depends upon and strict to faith faces no obstacle on the way of self-realization.

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

  16. Knowledge, therefore, is the one means of attaining liberation from bondage, which is constituted of ignorance of the infinite, eternal Reality, ignorance of your true transcendental nature, ignorance of your essential ever-free, ever-pure, ever-full (nitya-mukta, nitya-suddha, paripurna) atma svarupa. When you realise your true self as ever-free, ever-pure, ever-full, then and there you arrive at a stage where you get brahma jnana or supreme knowledge, which is the ultimate liberator.But then, how does knowledge come about? How did this light come and illumine this hall? Earlier, all was darkness. Now, all is illumined. It happened when the lamp was turned on, bringing about once again a connection between this bulb and a source of invisible power called electricity. Similarly, a plant flourishes as long as it keeps contact with its source and origin, the soil. Pull it out and it withers and dies…..

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