Jnanavat, Jñānavat: 4 definitions

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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Jñānavat (ज्ञानवत्) refers to “(one who is) knowledgeable”, according to the Svacchandatantra verse 4.79b-81b.—Accordingly, “The Sādhaka is of two kinds. On the one hand, there is the śivadharmī, for whom the cosmic path is purified by Śaiva mantras and who is yoked to [particular] mantras that are to be mastered; he is knowledgeable (jñānavat), consecrated [to office], and devoted to the propitiation of mantras. This Śaiva Sādhaka is capable [of mastering] the threefold supernatural powers. The second [kind of Sādhaka] adheres to the mundane path and is devoted to the performance of good and meritorious works; desiring the fruits produced by [his] karma, he abides solely [devoted to] meritorious [karma], free of the unmeritorious. [The Guru] should always perform the destruction of the unmeritorious portion [of the candidate’s karma] with mantras”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jñānavat (ज्ञानवत्).—mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) Wise, especially in spiritual things. E. jñāna, and matup aff.

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

1) Jñānavat (ज्ञानवत्):—[=jñāna-vat] [from jñāna > jñā] mfn. ([Pāṇini 8-2, 9 [Scholiast or Commentator]]) knowing (that, iti), [Vedāntasāra; Tattvasamāsa]

2) [v.s. ...] endowed with knowledge or science, intelligent, wise, having spiritual knowledge, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa vi, 102, 7; Laghujātaka, by Varāha-mihira] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] possessing knowledge (loka), [Chāndogya-upaniṣad vii, 7, 2]

4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Bodhi-sattva, [Buddhist literature; cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jñānavat (ज्ञानवत्):—[jñāna-vat] (vān-vatī-vat) a. Wise.

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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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