The Yoga of Truth: Jnana: The Ancient Path of Silent Knowledge

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By Peter Marchand

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Peter Marchand

Peter Marchand
Peter Marchand is one of the founders of Sanatan Society, a networking organization of the family and students of Harish Johari (1934-1999), a tantric scholar, poet, and artist who authored 12 books, including Chakras and Tools for Tantra. Marchand became a student of Johari in 1983 and te More...



A guide to Jnana Yoga--the Way of Silent Knowledge--by direct contemplation of the Unchangeable

• Shows that everything in one’s body, personality, thoughts, memories, and experiences has form and is changeable and, thus, is neither essential nor eternal

• Identifies the witnessing consciousness within--all that remains when the ephemeral is eliminated--as the real Self, the one and only unchanging eternal Being

In The Yoga of Truth, Peter Marchand, through a series of deceptively simple introspective questions, leads the seeker into discarding everything--body, personality, thoughts, memories, experiences--that disguises the ego’s relentless masquerade as the Self. This form of contemplation, with its constant commitment to witnessing without attachment, disempowers the ego’s fixation on its products, leading instead to the realization that the witnessing consciousness is, in fact, the one immutable Being within or without--the real Self, the true You.

The universal illusion rests upon space and time, body and elements, the life force, mind, intellect, ego, and Self. Jnana Yoga reveals not only the insubstantial and illusory nature of our presumptions but also our habitual commitment to the illusion of being an individual that they create. This illusion collapses like a house of cards before direct inspection. When something has form, when it can change, it cannot be the eternal with which we seek union. Witnessing consciousness stands alone as that which is without form. In The Yoga of Truth, Marchand leads us simply, and compellingly, to the truth of our nature and the peaceful bliss of true Being.
“Peter Marchand has accomplished something unique in his new book. He has turned Jnana Yoga, the highest non-dual philosophy, into a real page-turner. I especially enjoy reading the book just before going to sleep; when I do, I find myself resting deeply and waking up each morning more connected to my unchanging Being.”
Swami Asokananda, president of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville

"Even if you are not concerned with attaining enlightenment, The Yoga of Truth will still provide a valuable context and understanding for the “play of life” and the spiritual roles of the ego, mind, intellect and consciousness."
Yoga Basics, July 2007

Seekers interested in searches for truth and Hindu spirituality will find an excellent guide in The Yoga of Truth . . . . New age collections will find this engrossing.
Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch, Aug 2007

"Marchand's understanding of the nine rasas, or emotions, which are based on ancient tantric teaching, is impressively profound and this intensely practical book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in following a truly yogic lifestyle."

Tim Graham, Sydneybookquarter,  Sept 2007


"Peter Marchand asks a series of questions designed to create contemplation on our true selves."
Corrine Casazza, Four Corners Magazine, Dec 2007

"With the introspective questions set forth in this book Marchand is guiding the reader towards the discovery of the true You!"
O Caldeirao, Issue 14, Nov 2007