Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


192. Prajnanam is not awareness; it is the greatest spiritual knowledge

प्रज्ञानं न चित् योगात् रुढं प्रशस्तवेदान्ते।१९२।
prajñānaṁ na cit yogāt ruḍhaṁ praśastavedānte|192|

The word Prajnanam cannot mean mere awareness by taking just the root meaning because this word is fixed to specify the greatest spiritual knowledge only.


The word Prajnanam is misinterpreted as mere awareness. This word means the greatest spiritual knowledge. The word jnanam by the root meaning (Yoga) means mere awareness. But it is fixed (Rudha) in the knowledge only. We call all animals and birds as ignorant due to lack of knowledge (Ajnana). The birds and animals have plenty of awareness. But we do not call them as Jnanis (knowledgeable). Even the word Jnana is not used in all the living beings having awareness. It is impossible to use the word Prajnana in the case of animals and birds since Prajnana means special knowledge. Hence, fixing the awareness as the meaning of the word Prajnana in the Vedic statement “Prajnanam Brahma”, which means that Prajnanam is God, just with the help of Yoga, is a horrible venture!

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