Jñānamārga

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Jnanamarga, JJAnamArga, Jyaanamaarga


Jñānamārga literally means ‘the path of jñāna or knowledge’.

Jñānamārga can be followed on its own or can be taken up as a progression from Karmamārga.

Karmamārga 
Path of action. A person has to perform all the actions ordained by the scriptures to attain progress in worldly life and prepare for spiritual enlightenment also.
Jñānamārga 
Path of knowledge. This path is a continuation of the karmamārga and is considered to be superior to it. One is expected to give up all the actions and perform only those required to maintain the body. One must continue to do sādhanās or spiritual practices.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore