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Techniques of Jnana Yoga
Introduction
Brahman and Maya
Sadhna Chatushtaya
The seven stages of Jnana
Techniques of Jnana Yoga
Advaita Vedanta
The Atman
Self Inquiry
Viveka
This means discrimination in English. This technique involves a deliberate and continuous effort to understand that the real you -- the Self -- is something separate from the objects of which you are aware of. Jnana yogi declares Neti, neti, which means "Not this, not this." He means that there is a higher world than this sense-world, a higher truth than this earthbound truth. He says, in a sense, that there are two opposing parties. One party consists of falsehood, ignorance and death. The other party consists of Truth, Knowledge and Immortality.

Neti-neti
This phrase means 'not this, not this' in Sanskrit.
Whenever, a thought or feeling which is not the goal of the meditation, which is not the soul or the inner self, occurs to the mind, the meditator simply says, neti-neti, and dismisses the thought, image, concept, sound, or sense of distraction. Any thought, any feeling, is discarded again and again if necessary, until the mind is clear and the soul is revealed.

When you get into the habit of 'neti-neti,' you can also discard worry, doubt, or fear, and become established in the light of your inner self. You can then look back at worries and fears with deep insight and handle them get out of your mind.

Vicara
This word is usually translated as 'self-inquiry,' but it literally means examination, reflection, or looking within. This technique involves a continuous and deliberate effort to become aware of the real you -- the Self.

Jnana Yoga is closely associated with Advaita Vedanta. Vedanta is one of the six darshans or philosophies of Hinduism, and Advaita Vedanta is the school of thought within Vedanta, which believes that everything in the universe shares a single soul, including you, me, and God.

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