(Sanskrit, "consciousness, knowing")

  1. In Hindu Vedanta, this term is used to describe the type of knowledge of the terrestrial or materialistic mind; i.e. vi- "small" + jnana, "knowledge."
  2. In Buddhism, Vijnana is the fifth skandha and relates to the function of consciousness.


"We should not mistake the Truth with opinions. Many think that the Truth is this or that, or that the Truth is within this or that book, or within this or that belief or idea, etc. Whosoever wants to experience the Truth should not mistake beliefs, ideas, opinions and theories with that which is the Truth. We must experience the Truth in a direct, practical and real manner; this is only possible in the stillness and silence of the mind, and this is achieved by means of meditation."