Jnanayoga, Jñānayoga, Jnana-yoga, Jnana-Yoga: 10 definitions


Jnanayoga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग).—The process of approaching the Supreme by the cultivation of knowledge; the predominantly empirical process of linking with the Supreme, which is executed when one is still attached to mental speculation.

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग) refers to “path of spiritual realization through a philosophical search for truth”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग).—For the ascetic and the detached. A true jñāni forgets himself;1 resultant of Karma Yoga.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 20. 6-7; 28. 9 and 31.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 52. 5-11.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Jnanayoga in Vedanta glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Siva Gita A Critical Study

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग) refers to “union of knowledge”.—The esoteric spiritual practices of the fully enlightened being, or jñāni. An alternative meaning popularized by Svāmi Vivekānanda, is the quest for cognition through intellectual religious study, as one of four alternate paths to truth, the other tree being bhakti-yoga, karma-yoga and rāja-yoga.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Jnanayoga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग).—contemplation as the principal means of, attaining the Supreme spirit or acquiring true or spiritual knowledge; ज्ञानयोगेन सांख्यानां कर्मयोगेण योगिनाम् (jñānayogena sāṃkhyānāṃ karmayogeṇa yoginām) Bg.3.3.

Derivable forms: jñānayogaḥ (ज्ञानयोगः).

Jñānayoga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jñāna and yoga (योग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग).—[masculine] the practice of knowledge.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jñānayoga (ज्ञानयोग):—[=jñāna-yoga] [from jñāna > jñā] m. the Yoga as based on the acquisition of true knowledge (opposed to karma-y or the Yoga as based on performance of ceremonial rites), [Bhagavad-gītā iii, 3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa vi, 4, 42; Nāradīya-purāṇa; Matsya-purāṇa]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Jnanayoga in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Jñānayōga (ಜ್ಞಾನಯೋಗ):—[noun] contemplation as a means of attaining the Supreme knowledge.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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