From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Avidya, AvidyA, Avidyaa

  1. non-wisdom; non-knowledge
  2. ignorance; unawareness; false-awareness
  3. in philosophy, that state of existence where one is unaware of one’s essential nature, or one’s true identity, and/or one’s true purpose of existence and one’s relationship with the universe.