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But in Jnana or mystic consciousness, which great Rsis acquire after a prolonged life or lives of self-abnegation and prayer and spiritual quest, there is no such distinction. In this experience, as in God, knowing and being are one. In other words, man knows God by partaking of His nature and becoming divine.  

It is unfortunate that there is no English word exactly corresponding to jnana and that in Sanskrit also the word is used both for intellectual knowledge and for spiritual realization. Jnana in the higher sense is both knowledge of, and life in, God. When our jnanacaksus or the eye of wisdom is opened we see ourselves as part and parcel of an abounding divine life of which no tongue of man can speak adequately.

Our world of time and space then shrinks into a small speck and may even vanish, and we are carried on waves of a bound less Being far beyond the little islands of our morality and devotion. To vary the figure, in the ascent of bhakti we know only a fragment of God with reference to our selves and our childish needs, and like children we affect to be on terms of familiarity with the Father.

But on the heights of jnana our eyes are opened and we gradually come to see what He is in relation to the universe and at last what He is in Himself. It is like the child of a royal house growing 'Into manhood and coming to know that the father whom he loved and played with is in truth the great ruler of an empire over which his eye cannot extend.




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