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Wisdom and Knowledge (Jñāna/Vidyā)

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Author(s): Flood, Gavin
Knowledge ( jñāna, vidyā) is a fundamental category of Indian religion and philosophy, denoting not only knowledge of the world, but also higher knowledge of the true nature of reality, which is a liberating cognition. In a more technical sense, in philosophy jñāna can be translated as “judgment,” “cognition,” or “awareness,” and there was a rigorous debate in classical Indian philosophy about knowledge and its relation to perception and self-awareness. The term vidyā refers to any knowledge or science and was traditionally organized into four branches: 1.  the triple Veda; 2.  logi…
Date: 2020-05-18