Puruṣavidyā

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Purusavidya, PuruSavidyA, Purushavidyaa


Purusavidyā (‘the science or meditation concerning the human being’)

The Upaniṣads deal with several vidyās—modes of meditation—most of which are internal symbolisms of external rituals.

One such, the Purusavidyā, appears in the Chāndogya Upanisad (3.16). Here, the life of a human being is compared to a yajña or a sacrifice.

See vidyās for details.


References

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

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Purusavidyā (‘the science or meditation concerning the human being’) The Upaniṣads deal with several vidyās—modes of meditation—most of which are internal symbolisms of external rituals. One such, the Purusavidyā, appears in the Chāndogya Upanisad (3.16). Here, the life of a human being is compared to a yajña or a sacrifice. See VIDYĀS for details.