Prātibha

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pratibha, PrAtibha, Praatibha


prātibha (‘intuition’)

Many a power is hidden in the mind. Spiritual disciplines involving purification

and concentration bring out these hidden powers.

One such, mentioned in the Yoga-sutras (3.33 and 36) of Patañjali (200 B.C.) 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 the knowledge concerning a very subtle object (sṅkṣma), an object which is hidden (vyavahita) or at a great distance (viprakṛṣta); and also the knowledge of past and future events.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

Many a power is hidden in the mind. Spiritual disciplines involving purification and concentration bring out these hidden powers. One such, mentioned in the Yoga- sutras (3.33 and 36) of Patañjali (200 B.C.) 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 the knowledge concerning a very subtle object (sukṣma), an object which is hidden (vyavahita) or at a great distance (viprakṛṣta); and also the know¬ledge of past and future events.