Excerpt About Yoga
All spiritual traditions have known that understanding is what is required for realization and liberation. This is reflected in the Indian tradition of the various yogas, in the recognition that prajna (discriminating insight) and jnana (discriminating awareness) are the faculties needed for liberation. It is understood in the Buddhist tradition that discriminating wisdom is the function of spiritual guidance, which is required in the deeper states of realization. The Sufi tradition believes that what liberates the soul is the higher intellect. The Kabbalah holds that the higher mind, hochmah and binah, is what liberates the soul. The Greeks had the concept of the nous for this same function.