Introduction to a Jnani: Who is a Jnani ( Enlightened soul )

A Jnani is God and God is a Jnani. A Jnani is a enlightened soul and they are god in the human form. The Jnani has realized the true self by merging the mind with the Hrudayam, which is the right heart where the divine dwells in every being. A Jnani is established in the Self which is the Brahman or the higher Self.The Jnani is Always in unity with the Absolute and hence no change takes place in his/her being. He is a Jivanmukta. He is liberated in this very life as his ego is burnt by the fire of Supreme Wisdom.The Jnani is the true knower of the Self and is truly qualified to be a Guru.Only a Jnani has no rebirth again in this world. Few examples of Jnani’s are lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Jesus Christ,Ramana Maharshi (Tiruvannamalai), Ramakrishna Paramahansa,Sarada Devi,Mata Anandamayi, Lakshmana Swamy (Tiruvannamalai),Mathru Sri Sarada (Tiruvannamalai) and few other enlightened souls who are very rare in this world.

The qualities of a Jnani
To know the right knowledge or perceive the truths of existence, you need purity and certain essential qualities. You should also be able to distinguish between truth and untruth, and between reality and illusion. True knowledge arises only when you have the discernment. In the 13th Chapter of the Bhagavadgita, Lord Krishna defines the virtues of a true knower or a wise person (jnana). They are listed below-

Amanitvam – Lacking pride
Adambhitvam – Humility or lacking vanity
Ahimsa – Non-injury
Ksantih – Tolerance
Arjava -, Sincerity or straightforwardness
Acharya upasanam – Service to the Guru
Saucham – Cleanliness
Sthairyam – Stability
Atmavinigraha – Self-control
Vairagyam – Dispassion, sense restraint or detachment
Anahamkaram – Absence of egoism

Dosha anudarashna – Seeing the blemishes or impurities of birth death, and sickness
Asakti – Disinterestedness
Anabhisvanga – Detachment from family
Nitya samachittam- Equanimity at all times with no likes and dislikes
Ananya bhaktih – Devotion without any other avocation
Avyabhicharini – Without mental perversions
Viviktadesasevitam – Preference for solitary places
Arati janasamsadi – Disinterest in socializing with people
Adhyatmajnana nityatvam – Always immersed in the knowledge of the Self
Tattvajnanartha darsanam – Contemplating upon the nature of reality

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