Learn how and when to remove this template message Atkinson was a prolific writer, and his many books achieved wide circulation among New Thought devotees and occult practitioners. According to this group, Atkinson has been identified as the author or co-author with individuals such as Edward E. Beals and Lauron William de Laurence of separate titles. One such title, for which Atkinson is credited as the author, with the copyright internally assigned to Towne, is The Psychology of Salesmanship, published in They were written in such a way as to form a course of practical instruction.
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By Jeanne Grunert Gnani means wisdom attained through self reflection. Although the somewhat stilted and old-fashioned language may be difficult for some modern readers, the timeless truths contained within have helped many yoga students explore this branch of yoga.
Who is Yogi Ramacharaka? During this time, many Indian yogis, mystics and teachers traveled to America to introduce yoga to the Western world. Interest in Eastern thought grew in England and the United States and authors like Atkinson published numerous volumes on yoga and other topics. Readers expected anyone writing about Eastern topics to have an Eastern name. You can find other books on yoga by these authors, all of them believed to be written by Atkinson.
His disciples included Baba Bharata, who came to America and met Atkinson. The two then co-authored numerous books. Unfortunately, many inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the published story hint that it is fiction and most scholars believe Atkinson and Ramacharaka are the same man. Truth seekers find within its pages a timeless philosophy of wisdom inviting them to explore their minds to attain truth.
There are numerous types of yoga. Most Westerners are familiar with Hatha yoga , the foundation of most yoga styles, featuring body postures to calm the mind, enhance concentration, and build physical stamina.
Other types of yoga include Raja yoga, a discipline espoused by Parmahanasa Yogananda, author of one of the most famous books on yoga ever written, Autobiography of a Yogi. The history of yoga lists and explains the various disciplines.
Gnani means "wisdom", from the root word gna. In Sanskrit, gna means "to know". Gnani yoga often attracts people who prefer study and research in their quest for enlightenment. By examining metaphysical principles, researching intellectual topics, and studying philosophy, these yogis follow a path of knowledge. The practitioner of Gnani yoga asks the question: "Why? Mediation for the Gnani yogi means release of preconceived notions to behold the truth resting quietly within oneself.
The Lessons by Yogi Ramcharaka help students release their minds, examine facts within, and meditate upon the truth to find enlightenment. Keys to Widsom Key tenants of Gnani yoga include: "Know thyself".
People mistakenly search for truth outside of themselves. Gnani yoga is not a religion, and does not conflict with religious ideals. Rather it is more of a philosophy or way of thinking about topics related to truth and ideals.
Practitioners examine all thoughts as if they were new, judging for themselves the veracity of each thought. Gnani yoga holds the philosophy "The Absolute IS". This means that absolute truth can be known through study and contemplation. Students focus on examining and developing four aspects: Gaining correct awareness of themselves Purification of body and mind through self-discipline Acquiring true awareness of the world around them Practicing various techniques, such as meditation, to gain this knowledge How to Practice Gnani Yoga First, read A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga.
Next, begin quiet meditation periods, training the mind to examine each thought. Let thoughts pass before you as if they were simply on a big movie screen. Detached from the thoughts, you can examine them and determine for yourself if they are reactionary or true to you. True practice of Gnani yoga involves more than this simple introduction, so be sure to review this book and other writings, or find a teacher at a yoga school near you.
The eBook version is available on Many Books. For a fascinating read, check out the biography of Yogi Ramcahraka William Atkinson. To explore Gnani yoga in its original context, visit Gnani yoga pages. Yoga World features a lengthy discussion on Jnani yoga. Was this page useful?
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By Jeanne Grunert Gnani means wisdom attained through self reflection. Although the somewhat stilted and old-fashioned language may be difficult for some modern readers, the timeless truths contained within have helped many yoga students explore this branch of yoga. Who is Yogi Ramacharaka? During this time, many Indian yogis, mystics and teachers traveled to America to introduce yoga to the Western world. Interest in Eastern thought grew in England and the United States and authors like Atkinson published numerous volumes on yoga and other topics. Readers expected anyone writing about Eastern topics to have an Eastern name.
A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga by Yogi Ramacharaka