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Vijñāna literally means ‘special knowledge’.
 
Vijñāna literally means ‘special knowledge’.
  
This word has been used in several senses. In the Bhagavadgitā<ref>Bhagavadgitā 18-42</ref> it means experience of the higher truths. The purāṇas use the word to indicate fourteen kinds of vidyās or areas of knowledge such as the Vedas, Vedāṅgas, Mīmāṅsā and the purāṇas. It may also mean arts and sciences like architecture, iconography and any other specialized field. Vijñāna is also interpreted as memorizing a treatise and understanding it thoroughly.
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This word has been used in several senses. In the Bhagavadgitā<ref>Bhagavadgitā 18-42</ref> it means experience of the higher truths. The [[purāṇas]] use the word to indicate fourteen kinds of [[vidyās]] or areas of knowledge such as the [[Vedas]], [[Vedāṅgas]], Mīmāṅsā and the [[purāṇas]]. It may also mean [[arts]] and sciences like architecture, iconography and any other specialized field. Vijñāna is also interpreted as memorizing a treatise and understanding it thoroughly.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 06:16, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vijnana, VijJAna, Vijyaana


Vijñāna literally means ‘special knowledge’.

This word has been used in several senses. In the Bhagavadgitā[1] it means experience of the higher truths. The purāṇas use the word to indicate fourteen kinds of vidyās or areas of knowledge such as the Vedas, Vedāṅgas, Mīmāṅsā and the purāṇas. It may also mean arts and sciences like architecture, iconography and any other specialized field. Vijñāna is also interpreted as memorizing a treatise and understanding it thoroughly.


References

  1. Bhagavadgitā 18-42
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore