Sarvajnatva, Sarvajñatva: 9 definitions


Sarvajnatva 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 and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnatva in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व) refers to the “power of omniscience”, representing the achievements of the north-eastern petal of the Aṣṭadala (mystical diagram of the lotus of eight petals), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] the Liṅga shall be purified and installed with various mantras beginning with Praṇava and ending with Namaḥ (obeisance). The pedestal in the form of Svastika or lotus shall be assigned with Praṇava. In the eight petals, in the eight quarters, the eight achievements are identified [viz., the north-eastern is Sarvajñatva (omniscience)]”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnatva in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व) refers to “one who is omniscient”, according to the Guhyasūtra, the largest book of the Niśvāsa-corpus (a collection of early Śaiva Tantras comprising the Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra, and Guhyasūtra).—Accordingly, “I am Puruṣatattva and you are Prakṛti and also Niyati; … Maheśvara is Time; you are Māyā and Vidyā, while I am Īśvara-tattva. I, O goddess, am Sadāśiva [and] you are mistress of the 4 kalās. (137–138) Because I rule, I control, I am omniscient (sarvajñatva), because I am permanently at rest, without division and in equilibrium, I am Śiva. (139) You are my Will, not to be crossed, for you are the one from whom the power of the śaktis arises! The whole universe has sprung from you; You bestow Śiva-nature, O you of true compassion! (140)”.

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व) refers to “omniscience”, according to the Svacchanda-tantra.—Accordingly, [verse 7.207]—“[The Yogin] dwells there [in breath]. He should impel all [creation], [and is] situated among all beings. After [he has] meditated upon [haṃsa], he conquers death. The powerful Lord does not create that which is not situated in kāla. For one engaged in meditation, after six months, omniscience (sarvajñatva) arises. The knower of yoga is yoked with kāla. He recognizes three times [the past, present, and future]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnatva in Yoga glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (yoga)

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व) refers to “omniscience”, according to the Amṛtasiddhi, a 12th-century text belonging to the Haṭhayoga textual tradition.—Accordingly, “Omniscience (sarvajñatva), which brings about complete understanding of the triple body, should be known by the knowledgable to be the mark of he whose mind has been mastered”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnatva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व) or Sarvvajñatva.—n.

(-tvaṃ) Omniscience. E. tva added to the last; also with tal, sarvajñatā .

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

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व):—[=sarva-jña-tva] [from sarva-jña > sarva] n. ([Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.) omniscience

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

Sarvajñatva (सर्वज्ञत्व):—[sarva-jñatva] (tnaṃ) 1. n. Omniscience.

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Sarvajnatva in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnatva in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sarvajñatva (ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞತ್ವ):—[noun] = ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞತೆ [sarvajnate].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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