Jnanatman, Jñānātman, Jnanatma, Jñānātma, Jnana-atman, Jnana-atma: 6 definitions


Jnanatman means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jñānātman (ज्ञानात्मन्) refers to one who is “of the form of knowledge” and is used to describe Śiva, in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.15. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On arrival there, after paying respects to the lord [Śiva] with great excitement we lauded Him with various hymns with palms joined in reverence. The Devas said: [...] Obeisance to the light of Ātman, richly endowed with the happiness of liberation, of the form of knowledge [viz., Jñānātman]. Obeisance to Thee, the all-pervasive Lord”.

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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Jñānātman (ज्ञानात्मन्) refers to “wise souls”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “[com.—Next he speaks about the nature (svarūpam) of wise souls (jñānātmanāṃ)]—Certainly, for embodied souls whose selves are blinded by the irresistible spreading of ignorance and passion, pains are to be endured for a very long time in hell, etc.”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Jnanatman in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jñānātman (ज्ञानात्मन्).—a. all wise.

Jñānātman is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jñāna and ātman (आत्मन्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Jñānātman (ज्ञानात्मन्):—[from jñāna > jñā] m. the intellectual soul, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa vi, 4. 42; Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad i, 89; ii, 5]

2) [v.s. ...] mfn. all-wise, [Horace H. Wilson]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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