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Namastey sir,
         What is the exact meaning of aporoksha jnana? should it be obtained by meditation or reading scriptures with curiosity or by divine bless?



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Dear Jagat,

Thank you for your question.

The meaning of aparokṣa jńāna is "unmediated knowledge." It can also be translated as "direct knowledge." The idea is that the Self can only be known as Subject never as object. It cannot be known through the mediation of the mind and senses like ordinary sense knowledge or even intellectual knowledge. That Truth exists prior to thought, perceptions, and ideas.

Swami Vivekananda spoke of four Yogas by means of which one may attain this ultimate Knowledge. These four are Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Karma Yoga. By any one or by a combination of these one may attain Knowledge.

Meditation, reading scriptures, holy company, pilgrimage, austerity, puja, devotion to God/dess, discipleship to an enlightened Guru—all these are means to prepare oneself to receive Knowledge through the Grace of God/dess.

"Arise. Awake. Having attained the [grace of] the Best [of teachers], be enlightened!" —Kathopanishad (1.3.14)

Best wishes,

Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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