Jnanendriya, aka: Jnana-indriya, Jñānendriya; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Out of the seventeen components of the subtle body, the first five are the organs of perception, also known as organs of knowledge – ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose. They are also known as jñānendriya's. jñāna means knowledge and indriya means belonging to; therefore jñānendriya's mean ‘belonging to knowledge’. Since knowledge is acquired through these organs of perception – ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose, they areknown as jñānendriya's. Jñānendriya's play vital role in acquiring knowledge about the world. The external world is made up of five gross elements; ether or ākāśa, air, fire, water and earth. The subtle body is made up of tanmātra's, the subtle forms of these elements. Tanmātra's look at the gross elements through the five organs of knowledge also known as organs of perception. Unless one has knowledge about the material world, spiritual knowledge cannot be extracted.

Source: Google Books: Tattvabodha

According to Sāṃkhya ontology, the five cognitive senses (hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell) which evolve from prakṛti.

Source: Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Hinduism

The Five Faculties of Perception (Jnanendriya):

  1. srotra-tattva: hearing (ears)
  2. tvak-tattva: touching (skin)
  3. chakshu-tattva: seeing (eyes)
  4. rasana-tattva: tasting (tongue)
  5. ghrana-tattva: smelling (nose)

Hearing, Feeling by Touch, Seeing, Tasting and Smelling are the Soul's Powers of Perceptual Knowledge and extensions of the Lower Mind, whereby the Soul experiences the multitude of sense perceptions that constitute the external World.

Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

Jñānendriya (ज्ञानेन्द्रिय).—The five knowledge-acquiring senses: the ears, the skin, the eyes, the tongue and the nostrils.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Jñānendriya (ज्ञानेन्द्रिय) refers to “consciousness”, according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.15. What is the meaning of sense organs (pañcendriya) having manifestation (upayoga) of consciousness (jñānendriya)? An entity through the use of which the empirical soul (saṃsārī) cognizes is called jñānendriya.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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jñānēndriya (ज्ञानेंद्रिय).—n (S) A sense, a faculty or an organ by or through which knowledge is acquired. Five are enumerated, which see under indriya.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

jñānēndriya (ज्ञानेंद्रिय).—n An organ through which knowledge is acquired.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Jñānendriya (ज्ञानेन्द्रिय).—an organ of perception; (these are five tvac, rasanā, cakṣus, karṇa and ghrāṇathe skin, tongue, eye, ear and nose; see buddhīndriya under indriya).

Derivable forms: jñānendriyam (ज्ञानेन्द्रियम्).

Jñānendriya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jñāna and indriya (इन्द्रिय).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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