Hinduism - What Does Jnana Mean In Hindu Philosophy?


 A term that has distinct connotations in different settings in Indian philosophical philosophy.

The term jnana comes from the verb "to know," and one of its meanings is "consciousness," at least in a perceptual sense.

In a more abstract sense, it represents what it is to genuinely "know" something; the jnanamarga is one of the ways to soul liberation stated in the Bhagavad Gita, alongside the karmamarga and the bhaktimarga.

In this case, "wisdom" or "realization" could be a better translation, since this isn't the kind of "knowledge" that comes from reading a book or getting instruction, but rather from deep understanding achieved through considerable effort.


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