Jnana Yoga – is that path of yoga or union with god, where the mind after
knowing what is there to be known about life and everything
about the universe, creation, maintenance and the essential and
supreme reality; unites with the supreme consciousness after
consciously leaving the material desires and the instrument of
mind is submitted back to the source.
Krishna in Srimad Bhagavatam says:
“The masters of the yoga system have declared that there are
eighteen types of mystic perfection and meditation, of which
eight are primary, having their shelter in Me, and ten are
secondary, appearing from the material mode of goodness.
the eight primary mystic perfections, the three by which one
transforms one’s own body are anima, becoming smaller than the
smallest; mahima, becoming greater than the greatest; and
laghima, becoming lighter than the lightest. Through the
perfection of prapti one acquires whatever one desires, and
one experiences any enjoyable object, either in this world or
the next. Through isita-siddhi one can manipulate
the subpotencies of maya,
and through the controlling potency called vasita-siddhi one is
unimpeded by the three modes of nature. One who has acquired
kamavasayita-siddhi can obtain anything from anywhere, to the
highest possible limit. My dear gentle Uddhava,
these eight mystic
perfections are considered to be naturally existing and
unexcelled within this world.
ten secondary mystic perfections arising from the modes of
nature are the powers of freeing oneself from hunger and thirst
and other bodily disturbances, hearing and seeing things far
away, moving the body at the speed of the mind, assuming any
form one desires, entering the bodies of others, dying when one
desires, witnessing the pastimes between the demigods and the
celestial girls called Apsaras, completely executing one’s
determination and giving orders whose fulfillment is unimpeded.
power to know past, present and future; tolerance of heat, cold
and other dualities; knowing the minds of others; checking the
influence of fire, sun, water, poison, and so on; and remaining
unconquered by others—these constitute five perfections of the
mystic process of yoga and meditation. I am simply listing these
here according to their names and characteristics. Now please
learn from Me how specific mystic perfections arise from
specific meditations and also of the particular processes
who worships Me in My atomic form pervading all subtle elements,
fixing his mind on that alone, obtains the mystic perfection
who absorbs his mind in the particular form of the mahat-tattva
and thus meditates upon Me as the Supreme Soul of the total
material existence achieves the mystic perfection called mahima.
By further absorbing the mind in the situation of each
individual element such as the sky, air, fire, and so on, one
progressively acquires the greatness of each material element.
exist within everything, and I am therefore the essence of the
atomic constituents of material elements. By attaching his mind
to Me in this form, the yogi may achieve the perfection called
laghima, by which he realizes the subtle atomic substance of
his mind completely in Me within the element of false ego
generated from the mode of goodness, the yogi obtains the power
of mystic acquisition, by which he becomes the proprietor of the
senses of all living entities. He obtains such perfection
because his mind is absorbed in Me.
who concentrates all mental activities in Me as the Supersoul of
that phase of the mahat-tattva which manifests the chain of
fruitive activities obtains from Me, whose appearance is beyond
material perception, the most excellent mystic perfection called
who places his consciousness on Visnu, the Supersoul, the prime
mover and Supreme Lord of the external energy consisting of
three modes, obtains the mystic perfection of controlling other
conditioned souls, their material bodies and their bodily
yogi who places his mind in My form of Narayana, known as the
fourth factor, full of all opulences, becomes endowed with My
nature and thus obtains the mystic perfection called vasita.
who fixes his pure mind on Me in My manifestation as the
impersonal Brahman obtains the greatest happiness, wherein all
his desires are completely fulfilled.
human being who concentrates on Me as the upholder of religious
principles, the personification of purity and the Lord of
Svetadvipa obtains the pure existence in which he is freed from
the six waves of material disturbance, namely hunger, thirst,
decay, death, grief and illusion.
purified living entity who fixes his mind on the extraordinary
sound vibrations occurring within Me as the personified sky and
total life air is then able to perceive within the sky the
speaking of all living entities.
one’s sight into the sun planet and then the sun planet into
one’s eyes, one should meditate on Me as existing within the
combination of sun and vision; thus one acquires the power to
see any distant thing.
yogi who completely absorbs his mind in Me, and who then makes
use of the wind that follows the mind to absorb the material
body in Me, obtains through the potency of meditation on Me the
mystic perfection by which his body immediately follows his mind
wherever it goes.
the yogi, applying his mind in a certain way, desires to assume
a particular form, that very form immediately appears. Such
perfection is possible by absorbing the mind in the shelter of
My inconceivable mystic potency, by which I assume innumerable
a perfect yogi desires to enter another’s body, he should
meditate upon himself within the other body, and then, giving up
his own gross body, he should enter the other’s body through the
pathways of air, as easily as a bee leaves one flower and flies
yogi who has achieved the mystic perfection called
svacchanda-mrityu blocks the anus with the heel of the foot and
then lifts the soul from the heart to the chest, to the neck and
finally to the head. Situated within the BrahmaRandhra, the
yogi then gives up his material body and guides the spirit soul
to the selected destination.
yogi who desires to enjoy in the pleasure gardens of the
demigods should meditate on the purified mode of goodness, which
is situated within Me, and then the heavenly women, generated
from the mode of goodness, will approach him in airplanes.
yogi who has faith in Me, absorbing his mind in Me and knowing
that My purpose is always fulfilled, will always achieve his
purpose by the very means he has determined to follow.
person who perfectly meditates on Me acquires My nature of being
the supreme ruler and controller. His order, like Mine, can
never be frustrated by any means.
yogi who has purified his existence by devotion to Me and who
thus expertly knows the process of meditation obtains knowledge
of past, present and future. He can therefore see the birth and
death of himself and others.
as the bodies of aquatics cannot be injured by water, similarly,
the body of a yogi whose consciousness is pacified by devotion
to Me and who is fully developed in yoga science cannot be
injured by fire, sun, water, poison, and so forth.
learned devotee who worships Me through yoga meditation
certainly obtains in all respects the mystic perfections that I
experts in devotional service state that the mystic perfections
of yoga that I have mentioned are actually impediments and are a
waste of time for one who is practicing the supreme yoga, by
which one achieves all perfection in life directly from Me.
mystic perfections can be achieved by good birth, herbs,
austerities and mantras can all be achieved by devotional
service to Me; indeed, one cannot achieve the actual perfection
of yoga by any other means.
am the cause, the protector and the Lord of all mystic
perfections, of the yoga system, of analytic knowledge, of pure
activity and of the community of learned Vedic teachers.
as the same material elements exist within and outside of all
material bodies, similarly, I cannot be covered by anything
else. I exist within everything as the Supersoul and outside of
everything in My all-pervading feature.”
Yoga Vasishta is explicit in repeatedly stressing the importance
of Knowledge for Emancipation, as it is the only method by which
we would be able to control our mind to be able to concentrate
upon the subtle reality and be peaceful enough to meditate. But
as the yoga by Knowledge was easier in King Rama’s times when
Maya was not this strong to deploy electronic nets like this one
you are browsing now, DVD players and the best plastic and
cosmetic surgery electronic equipments ( any thing electronic is
maya or illusion, as electrons are the female principle). The
Power of Maya is supposed to be unsurmountable in the present
Kaliyuga, so the only effective remedy is to combine knowledge
and devotion to any cause which is not material and selfless.
This is a good practical suggestion derived from the gist of
vedas and puranas; as the devotion makes us feel like we are at
the mercy of a power of which we know nothing of; and knowledge
alone would take you a whole lifetime to delve and search out
deeper into the at present unavailable classified secret texts
and documents and understand them; which may take at least more
than a hundred life times. The Combined Approach should give you
the added advantage of being able to try both paths, that
knowledge would give you enough humility to eliminate the ego
preventing your mind to surrender to supreme consciousness.