Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 07 Feb 2005


What is the importance of Jnana Yoga for attaining salvation?

Jnana Yoga means the recognition of the Lord in human form in your human generation. Such recognition can be misled by several factors of ignorance. The real diamond is mixed with several artificial diamonds. Eliminating the real diamond from all the other artificial diamonds requires the knowledge of the real diamond and also the knowledge of artificial diamonds (Jnana Yoga). Thus there are several fraud incarnations in this world and only one real human incarnation exists. As the real diamond is recognized by its total multiple internal reflections of light in various angles, the real incarnation is recognized by the various reflections of the internal knowledge in various angles. Such knowledge is called as Prajnanam, which is special to the Lord alone and is not possible for others. The scholars can only have the knowledge learnt from books, which is called as Jnanam. The refractive index of diamond is very high by which the real diamond is recognized. Similarly by the special knowledge (Prajnanam), one can recognize the real human incarnation. By such special knowledge, you will be liberated from all the worldly bonds and that is salvation. Coming close to the Lord in human form is called Sayujyam and Kaivalyam. Thus you can attain both the benefits:

1. Moksha (Salvation)

2. Sayujyam (Becoming close to the Lord) and Kaivalyam (becoming one with the Lord, which means that whatever you wish, the Lord will have the same wish and vice versa).