Jnana Yoga is the yoga of wisdom. Basically it
directs us to come to know the reality of who
and what our Real Self is. Who and what we are
is consciousness and we are at one with the
source of all things and all consciousness.
One of the methods Jnana Yogis use for coming
to the realization of our oneness is stimulated
by meditating on certain phrases such as
"That thou art", "Consciousness is Brahman
(The supreme Reality)", "I am Brahman", and
"This Self is Brahman". Of these, it is said
that the first, "That thou art", is the greatest
and gives birth to the other three.
For centuries seekers of Enlightenment
have meditated on these statements and enjoyed
the divine reward they sought. In these turbulent
times it is still appropriate to spend time
and energy in contemplation on these liberating
concepts. It is also worthwhile to meditate
on other concepts. The criteria we must use
to determine if a concept or technique is
"good for us" is very simple - if it brings
you peace, it is. And if it causes you to
lose your peace, it is "bad".
In Jnana, virtually everything that deals
with becoming less ego-centered and more universal
in perspective is considered beneficial and
worth meditating on. Here are a few thoughts
that may bring you peace...
1. Only the selfish suffer.
2. In this Now, everything's sweet.
3. You are not apart from the universe; you are
not "here" and the rest of the universe "there".
You are a part of the universe, at one with it.
4. The only thing telling you something's wrong
is your mind. Nevermind!
5. Time is subjective. Be objective - don't
let time subject you. Whenever anything happens,
it is the right time for it to occur.
6. Your body is a collection of atoms that
has changed its' construction and composition
100% since you first started reading this. You
are not your body. You are that which can witness
7. The tongue is the hardest sense instrument
to tame. Our need to comment is obsessive and
compulsive. Chasing after taste bud pleasure
is slavery. Witness your inner silence and be free.
8. It is good not to suffer. But suffering
helps you grow because it makes you strong,
compassionate, and humble. These are very good
qualities. So suffering is also good. When you
realize this, you can give thanks and praise
when you don't suffer and when you do. Stop
suffering from thinking suffering is only
something that makes you suffer.
9. Your inner Real Self is beautiful, pure,
luminous, and glorious. This essence is yours
eternally. Don't worry for a second about your
external beauty. If you're in touch with your
inner beauty, your outer beauty will be beautiful.
10. If you help less, you will be helpless.
11. Every breath is a gift of love from above.
Fill with this love with every inhale and send
it out with every exhale.
12. The most serene person is the most selfless
person. The saddest person is the most selfish person.