On The Yoga Of Knowledge
Many knowledge teachings exist. Most classically from India is the Vedantic path. This is embodied in
the Upanishads (particularly the Kena) and the Bhagavad Gita. The Sankhya and Yoga teachings as in
the Yoga Sutras are also primarily versions of the Yoga of knowledge.
The Yoga of knowledge is most specifically related in the works of Advaita Vedanta like the
ASHTAVAKRA SAMHITA or AVADHUT GITA. On a more scholarly level it is represented by
the works of Shankara and his followers and the school of Advaita Vedanta.
Other great schools of
knowledge are Kashmiri Shaivism, south India Shaiva Siddhanta, etc. The Yoga of knowledge is very
prominent in the Buddhist tradition, wherein it is usually more emphasized than the other
yogas. Such practices as Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzog Chen, Chinese Chan
and Japanese Zen, and the southern Vipassana traditions are essentially versions of
the Yoga of knowledge passed on from India through Buddhist sources.
There are many modern teachers including Ramana Maharashi, Swami Vivekananda and
Swami Rama Tirtha for Vedanta. J. Krishnamurti also gives a very pure
and modern Yoga of knowledge approach free of all traditional and cultural forms.