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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of Philosophy, June 26, 2000
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Vikas Kawadia (Champaign, USA.) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful book elucidating the crux of Vedanta, one of the oldest philosophies of the world. Jnana Yoga is the method of 'realizing' religion or God through knowledge and discussion. The other methods are Karma(work), Bhakti(devotion) and Raja(mind) and everybody should select a method according to his/her interests/capabilities. Jnana Yoga presents an extremely logical and intellectually satisfying view of God and religion. Vivekanand has been quite impressive, his style very 'scientific' and language : simple and superb. Must read for people with an inquisitional bent of mind. I especially recommend the chapter called "Atma".
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marriage between religion and science, January 21, 2002
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This book if anyone was to read it is amazing and I find it difficult to find words of praise that could do it justice. Therefore the best thing would be to read it. Some one said that this 'does not appeal to the modern mind' This is certainly proof that the person has not read the book or read it with closed eyes, what a pity! Vivekananda blends ancient hindu texts, into modern thought and also weaves into his work modern scintific thought into the ever so ancient wisdom of India. Whosoever reads this book is bound to become transformed, trasfigured and awakened to higher truths in this universe. This rare crest-jewel of a book has come from a great soul, and I feel blessed and thrilled to have come accross this precious gem.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivekananda's best lectures..., July 29, 2002
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Though Jnana yoga is presumably the favorite subject of Vivekananda, he himself is supposed to have quoted that his bhakti is covered by a cloak of jnana, while his guru's (Sri Ramakrishna) jnana is covered by a cloak of bhakti. Whatever he may have learnt from Ramakrishna, who spoke in parables, Vivekananda transforms them into powerful words with striking sentences to give a sublime meaning. He is at his best while expounding the Vedanta philosophy.
His examples simplify the understanding of such a complex and profound philosophy. The way he coins the words and grammar in his lectures is unbelievable. His logic is almost always unarguable. One of the best lectures is "The Real and Apparent Man" where he lays a solid foundation of the nature of man, the support of which comes in later lectures on Maya and Cosmos . The exposition of Katha upanishad is beautiful and one does not get that picture and depth of understanding while reading the original upanishad. The final lectures delivered in Pasadena, California appeals to the unity of religions and friendship with science - a subject which is probably never more important than now.
No wonder during his lectures in America, he was the last to deliver, as the audience would wait patiently to listen to him.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare view into Wisdom by a Master, November 11, 2004
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Swami Vivekananda, a major (if not the main) disciple of the famous Ramakrishna, has done both Hinduism and comparative religion a great service by writing several works that address the main types of transformational yoga. Interestingly, Hinduism has constructed a wonderful model that differentiates among and between these seemingly divergent paths up the spiritual mountain (or paths to God for Theists). These include: Karma Yoga (addressing action) and Bhakti Yoga (of devotion) included in one volume; Raja Yoga (of mind, but addressing more psychic development); and Jnana Yoga (of wisdom). The latter is more difficult, IMHO, to find out about. Religions generally specialize in one of these four with additional elements (sometimes only in subsets such as clerics or monks) from some of the other ones. Jnana or Gnani appears to be among the rarest. Thus, having read this book is a great coup in understanding the higher philosophies and theological approaches to Omneity or spiritual development. In Tibetan Buddhism, for example, it would be applicable to Dzogchen and Mahamudra as opposed to the more normal or pervasive Vajrayana practices. IMHO, Jnana (and its equivalents in other religions) is the most profound of teachings. Vivekananda was obviously a Master and has presented a wonderful exposition on this esoteric subject. We are privileged to have the opportunity to read and study it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars are you ready for the REAL thing?, April 5, 2002
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swami vivekananda is/was one of the giant intellects of all time. a direct disciple of the great 19th century indian god-man, sri ramakrishna, vivekananda learned his lessons well at an early age and built upon it to the point of sometimes surpassing his master. especially in the sense of providing a bridge from the worlds oldest extant religious traditions to plain spoken accessability for the spiritual seeker of our own time. jnana yoga is the approach of experiencing oneness with God using the path of knowledge/philosophy/contemplation. this book is among the very best in laying out the methods and ideas the aspirant can use for his own search [ thru the path of knowledge ] of direct experience of God, i.e. being-conciousness-bliss absolute. the book carefully and clearly leads us thru our most primitive lowest levels of humanity up the ladder of understanding spiritually we are truly One with the highest of all realities. that indeed, "thou art that". "what frightens you? what holds you down? only ignorance and delusion; nothing else can bind you. you are the Pure One, the Ever Blessed...he who knows this and models his life accordingly will no longer grovel in darkness." the good swami's writings on all the yoga paths are among the best the world has yet seen. this particular volume is a must read for the student practitioner of jnani yoga. if i could spend an hour having a cup of tea with any person who ever lived, swami vivekananda might well be the one i would choose. not only for his giant intellect but his purity and holiness and breadth of understanding man's need for transcendence and the ways of actually doing so. this is a great book for anyone looking for the true innermost Self.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jnana Yoga, July 27, 2005
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For those who reject standard religious dogma but still recognize the certain spirituality of mankind, this book is for you. Best comprehensive explanation of the Hindu Faith I have ever read! Written for easy comprehension by the western mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource, January 30, 2006
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This is one of my favorite books on Hindu spirituality. It is easy to follow but meaty enough to give you plenty to think about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book, June 4, 2008
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Jnana Yoga literally means Yoga of Knowledge (the path of Wisdom). Of these different paths such as Raja Yoga (Yoga of mind), Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of devotion) and Karma Yoga (Yoga of rightous work); I could best relate to Jnana Yoga. I believe westerners would feel the same because Western Society has scientific bend of mind. This book is about the "Logic" of GOD. It uses deduction as a method to uncover secret upon secret. It contradicts the commonly held belief that there is some Superuser sitting up in the sky, running the whole Universe. It explains how that is false. It preaches nothing. It deduces.

I would also like to mention that my profession is about Logic, the descipline of Computer Science. And I find this book no less rigorous than CS books I am used to read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Execellent description on this subject, July 11, 1997
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This book gives exceptional description on the
merits of yoga. Although it was probably written
100 years ago, the words used are as fresh as
ever. The science of Jnana Yoga was expained not
just the myths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Treatise on Jnana Yoga!, December 12, 2007
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Swami Vivekananda's Jnana-Yoga is a sublime work. Rather than a volume filled with numerous Sanskrit terms and modes of thought which are difficult to follow, as most works of this nature are, the swami speaks directly from his heart to yours and the end result is a compilation of straightforward lectures than instantly transmit wisdom that can be immediately applied. This book was immediately placed upon my shelf of Vedanta favorites. Great for those well studied and practiced to those just beginning their search into this lovely mode of religious thought.
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