Prātibha

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pratibha, PrAtibha, Praatibha


Prātibha literally means ‘intuition’.

Many powers are hidden in the mind. Spiritual disciplines involving purification and concentration bring out these hidden powers.

One such, mentioned in the Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali[2] is the prātibha. It is the power by which correct and clear knowledge about any object arises in the mind just by a wish needing no other means. It may be as follows:

  • Sukṣma - knowledge concerning a very subtle object.
  • Vyavahita - knowledge of hidden object.
  • Viprakṛṣta - knowledge of object at a great distance.
  • The knowledge of past and future events.


References

  1. Yogasutras 3.33 and 36
  2. He lived in 200 B.C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore