3rd Step Path of Knowledge
3rd step Gnana Yoga- Path of knowledge
Though one often begin on this path by reading scriptures and listening to the wise, the knowledge flows from within by the grace bestowed by the Master. Love and devotion only allows the grace to follow. The knowledge gained by reading or hearing only may give rise to the ‘I know it’ attitude which feeds the ego and can be an obstacle in our spiritual evolution. It is through love and knowledge one can pierce ego. Secondly one of the biggest challenges faced by everyone is the lack of integration between the body and mind. Intellect recognizes the right actions but the body and mind refuses to follow that path. Also in some cases, in spite of inner heart saying that something is wrong, we tread that path we face huge resistance because of lack of capability of conscious choice decision and intention. Love and devotion moves a person from inaction to action and matures to selfless action when driven by knowledge kindled by Master. Knowledge helps to arouse selfless action to a well channelized selfless action where Love becomes the appetizer, knowledge as the main course and service becomes the exercise. Without love and service knowledge muddles. Without a Master knowledge of knowledge becomes incomplete and we may not even know what step should be taken to improve the knowledge. The more the knowledge one has and not in order give birth to all sorts of confusion. The wisdom or experiential knowledge, on the other hand, kindled by Master brings surrender and devotion in our life. This cycle continues. The free will the power of this virtuous cycle makes it possible for you to experience the knowledge of wisdom. Though everyone have read and heard that God is omnipresent, that everyone is divine and that the reality of life lies hidden behind what one can see or touch it is the wisdom that discriminates between that which is real and unreal and strengthen the free will. The path of knowledge is the experiential knowledge of the self. This is the true and highest knowledge. The main practices of knowledge are study and meditation. Without knowledge, forget about realization, life becomes impossible. Knowledge organizes life. Knowledge disciplines life with determination and commitment.