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Jnana Yoga

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 its’ changes.

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.

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