In this talk Sukadev is answering the question if traditional spiritual education is text based. He’s saying that there are spiritual traditions which have no texts, for example the shamanic tradition but in the yoga vidya tradition the texts play an important role.
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Sutdying the yogic scriputes is jnana yoga. The jnana yoga is a spiritual practice that pursues knowledge with questions such as “who am I, what am I” among others. The practitioner studies usually with the aid of a counsellor (guru), meditates, reflects, and reaches liberating insights on the nature of his own Self (Atman, soul) and its relationship to the metaphysical concept called Brahman.