Jnanabhava, Jñānabhāva, Jñānabhava, Jnana-bhava: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Jnanabhava in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jñānabhava (ज्ञानभव) refers to the “cause of knowledge” [?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.11.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “[...] Staying there, Śiva of full self-control, started His activities of penance. With full concentration and alertness He thought on His own Self, the cause of mental knowledge [i.e., jñānabhavaceto jñānabhavaṃ], the eternal, the luminous, free from affliction, identical with the universe, consciousness and Bliss, without a second and having no support. When Śiva began His meditation, the Pramathas also began their meditation as well as some Gaṇas, Nandin, Bhṛṅgi etc. Some of the Gaṇas rendered service to Śiva, the Supreme Self. Some of them became His gatekeepers. They observed silence and did not shout. [...]”.

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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.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Jñānabhāva (ज्ञानभाव) or Jñānabhāvatva refers to the “nature of gnosis”, according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly, while explaining the mind-circle: “[...] Owing to the nature of [both] gnosis (jñānabhāvatva) and discerning [jñānavijñānabhāvatvāt], [the circle] itself has the parts of charnel grounds. This [circle] is among the three circles in the Emanation [Layer] by name. Subsequently, the other two circles, all of them (both), are explained. The Mind Circle, the first, is thus [taught] [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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