Brahmavidya, aka: Brahmavidyā, Brahman-vidya; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Brahmavidya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana

In the Puranas, Brahmavidya is divided into two branches, the first one dealing with the vedic mantras and is called para vidya or former knowledge, and the latter dealing with the study of the upanishads and is called the apara vidya or latter knowledge. Both para and apara vidya constitute brahma vidya.

(Source): WikiPedia: Puranas
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Brahmavidya is considered to be the highest ideal of classical Hinduism. It is that branch of scriptural knowledge derived primarily through a study of the veda mantras & upanishads. Put together, it means knowledge of the mantra/absolute. Brahmavidya is (derived from the Sanskrit words brahma and vidya:

In modern Hinduism, Brahmavidya is used to mean a spiritual study of Hindu scriptures with the aim of realizing the ultimate reality. Different modern Hindu leaders have defined it in the context of their own systems of philosophy.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Brahmand represents the Ultimate Truth. Vidyā means knowledge. Brahmavidyā means “Knowledge of the Ultimate Truth”. Brahmavidya, as exposed in the Vedantic Scriptures (Upanishads), guides a seeker to discover this Truth first hand, within himself. The goal is to realize that the Self (the real “I”) is the same as the Brahman (the Source or Substratum of the Universe).

(Source): Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha: Hinduism

Brahma Vidya is the knowledge that awakens us to the realization of Self. It is the cornerstone of the Indian spiritual science as revealed by the Guru and is manifested as his Grace.

(Source): Brahma Vidya: Hinduism

Both Brahma and Vidya are Sanskrit words. Brahman, is the neuter gender of the word-form Brih that means big. As the word big has not been further qualified to reveal its dimension, we have to understand that Brahman the word means that which is free from all forms of limitation. Vidya is derived from the root vid, which means to know. Hence the word Vidya means knowledge. Brahma Vidya therefore means knowledge of that which is free from all forms of limitation.

(Source): Brahma Vidya Gurukulam: Hinduism

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