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Prājña literally means ‘one who knows well’.
 
Prājña literally means ‘one who knows well’.
  
The Vedānta philosophy, based mainly on the Upaniṣads, has utilized the technique of avasthātrayaviveka, an analysis of the three states of consciousness, for proving the existence of a conscious soul<ref>Conscious soul is the jivātman or the ātman.</ref> as separate from the body-mind complex. The three states of consciousness are:
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The Vedānta philosophy, based mainly on the Upaniṣads, has utilized the technique of avasthātrayaviveka, an analysis of the three states of [[consciousness]], for proving the existence of a conscious soul<ref>Conscious soul is the jivātman or the [[Ātman|ātman]].</ref> as separate from the body-mind complex. The three states of [[consciousness]] are:
 
# Jāgrat - It means the waking state. The jivātman as associated with it is viśva.
 
# Jāgrat - It means the waking state. The jivātman as associated with it is viśva.
# Svapna - It means the dream state. The jivātman as associated with it is taijasa.
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# [[Svapna]] - It means the dream state. The jivātman as associated with it is [[taijasa]].
# Suṣupti - It means the deep sleep state. The jivātman as associated with it is prājña.
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# [[Suṣupti]] - It means the deep sleep state. The jivātman as associated with it is prājña.
  
In the jāgrat state, the jivātman identifies himself with the physical body as also the mind. In the svapna state, identification with the physical body is transcended but that with the mind still remains. In the suṣupti state, even the mind is transcended and the jivātman is aware of only himself and as a sākṣi or witness. It is in this state that he is called ‘prājña’. He is designated as ‘prājña’ since prajñapti or consciousness is his only characteristic or form.<ref>It is called to ‘prajñaptimātram’.</ref>
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In the jāgrat state, the jivātman identifies himself with the physical body as also the mind. In the [[svapna]] state, identification with the physical body is transcended but that with the mind still remains. In the [[suṣupti]] state, even the mind is transcended and the jivātman is aware of only himself and as a sākṣi or witness. It is in this state that he is called ‘prājña’. He is designated as ‘prājña’ since prajñapti or consciousness is his only characteristic or form.<ref>It is called to ‘prajñaptimātram’.</ref>
  
However, the Vedāntasāra of Sadānanda<ref>Vedāntasāra 44</ref> defines him as ‘prāyeṇa ajñah.’ ‘He is ignorant to a great extent’ since his conscious nature is overcome by ajñāna, by rajas and tamas.<ref>The commentary Vidvanmanorañjani on the section 44</ref><ref>Māndukya Upaniṣad 9 to 11</ref>  
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However, the Vedāntasāra of [[Sadānanda]]<ref>Vedāntasāra 44</ref> defines him as ‘prāyeṇa ajñah.’ ‘He is ignorant to a great extent’ since his conscious nature is overcome by [[ajñāna]], by rajas and tamas.<ref>The commentary Vidvanmanorañjani on the section 44</ref><ref>Māndukya Upaniṣad 9 to 11</ref>  
  
  
 
==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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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 00:06, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prajna, PrAjJa, Praajya


Prājña literally means ‘one who knows well’.

The Vedānta philosophy, based mainly on the Upaniṣads, has utilized the technique of avasthātrayaviveka, an analysis of the three states of consciousness, for proving the existence of a conscious soul[1] as separate from the body-mind complex. The three states of consciousness are:

  1. Jāgrat - It means the waking state. The jivātman as associated with it is viśva.
  2. Svapna - It means the dream state. The jivātman as associated with it is taijasa.
  3. Suṣupti - It means the deep sleep state. The jivātman as associated with it is prājña.

In the jāgrat state, the jivātman identifies himself with the physical body as also the mind. In the svapna state, identification with the physical body is transcended but that with the mind still remains. In the suṣupti state, even the mind is transcended and the jivātman is aware of only himself and as a sākṣi or witness. It is in this state that he is called ‘prājña’. He is designated as ‘prājña’ since prajñapti or consciousness is his only characteristic or form.[2]

However, the Vedāntasāra of Sadānanda[3] defines him as ‘prāyeṇa ajñah.’ ‘He is ignorant to a great extent’ since his conscious nature is overcome by ajñāna, by rajas and tamas.[4][5]


References

  1. Conscious soul is the jivātman or the ātman.
  2. It is called to ‘prajñaptimātram’.
  3. Vedāntasāra 44
  4. The commentary Vidvanmanorañjani on the section 44
  5. Māndukya Upaniṣad 9 to 11
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore