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What is Jnana in Hinduism? – Gyana

Jnana, or Gyana, in Hinduism is the real knowledge – the intuitive knowledge of the Supreme Truth. It is the knowledge of Brahman – the absolute. This knowledge gives freedom from all sufferings. When jnana dawns in a person, he realizes he is the eternal, pure and enlightened. He realizes that he is not the mind, body and ego. This knowledge is found the in Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasishta, in the Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and other holy texts. All these texts categorically state that individual soul is not separate from the universal soul (Brahman). Brahman is the all – pervading ultimate reality, and thus ever free from birth, growth, decay, death, pain, suffering, sickness etc., to which the body remains subjected to. Thus, individual soul is Sat Chit Ananda – truth, awareness and bliss. Even Jnana, if not used wisely will end up piling up ignorance. Try to define Brahman, arrogance, being proud of once scholarly nature etc., are part of this ignorance

Dadhichi Jayanti

Dadhichi Jayanti is dedicated to Sage Dadhichi an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and a descendent of Sage Angira. Sage Dadhichi is believed to have born on the Shukla Ashtami day (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadrapad month (August – September). In 2023, the date of Dadhichi Jayanti is September 22. Legend has it that Devas (Demigods) who were losing a battle to the Asuras (Demons) was advised to fight with weapons made using the bones of Sage Dadhichi to win the battle. Devas requested Sage Dadhichi for his bones. The humble saint readily agreed and went into a deep meditation and his soul merged with Brahman. The Devas then made use of the bones of Sage Dadhichi to fight the Asuras and emerged victorious. Dadhich Samaj observes the Maharishi Dadhichi and special pujas are held on the day. Related The story of Sage Dadhichi and Vajrayudha