INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan.....As explained in current science and veD ....
Adhyaatma: The Science of Aatmaa (Soul)
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry. Last updated on August 21, 2003.

PVAF has been blessed with the sharing on this web site knowledge from the library of SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai misTRii....knowledge called veD = SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE.....veD teaches us about who the real "I" in each one YOU is...and the part of veD which teaches us the real "I" is called the science of aaDH`yaa`tmaa....

aaDH`yaa`tmaa states that when there is a disconnect between the real "I" = YOUR aat`maa (soul)  and the mis-perceived "I" which is YOUR BODY with a given name and form.....diseases show up in form of dysfunctions or malfunctions of YOUR body....The knowledge of current science does not even consider aat`maa = SOUL as an integral major component of the existence of "I"...but then from whatever belief system YOU have faith in YOUR CREATOR, there is always the belief in the ultimate power which creates everything called iss`vr = GOD = bhgvaan = ONE = bRH`m....

veD states that the YOUR CREATOR is YOUR INSTRUCTOR in life when it comes to making decisions about things YOU do not know or understand or have never learned about....This instruction is called INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan...Here is a quote from Dr. Jerome Groopman M.D. a specialist medical doctor in blood diseases and cancer...

"A clinical compass is built not just from the doctor's knowledge but alos from joining doctor's INTUITION with the INTUITION of his patient. Careful listening is the start of careful thinking. If a physician is distracted or overly confident or rushed for time then it should raise a red flag in the mind of the patient.....that the doctor is not becoming one with the patient through INTUITION...

Evaluating medical advice is a challenge. Only when we are armed with knowledge, steadied by family and friends and able to call on INTUITION then we can get clarity and insight and make the best possible decisions...."

We at PVAF pray that YOU will keep the above advice in mind when you visit your doctor...especially when you are attending to very serious health problems...But more than that....all of us experience  INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan a lot of times in life....and most of the times it is in critical moments of decision making in our lives......

Thus it will be beneficial if one fully understand what INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan means.... The following is the veDik interpretation in the form of the science of aaDH`yaa`tmaa from the sharing of the veDik library of SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai misTRii....


INTUITION is defined in the Webster's Third International Dictionary as follows (copied verbatim with comments added in bold italics with yellow hilite):

  • the act or process of coming to direct knowledge or certainty without reasoning or inferring;
  • immediate cognizance or conviction without rational thought;
  • revelation by insight or innate knowledge;
  • immediate apprehension or cognition;
  • knowledge, perception, or conviction gained by intuition  as in trusting "to what are called intuitions rather than reasoned conclusions"- A.C.Benson;
  • the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought and inference;
  • in Bergsonism (See below) : a form of knowing that is akin to instinct or a divining empathy and that gives direct insight into reality as it is in itself and absolutely
  • quick and ready insight as in "with one of her quick leaps of intuition she had entered into the other's soul" by Edith Wharton;
  • obsolete meaning (which is interestingly what meaning in veD is): a) the act of looking upon, regarding, examining, or inspecting;  b) the act of contemplating or considering : CONTEMPLATION, CONSIDERATION;  c) a view, regard, or consideration of something as an ulterior goal or acquisition 

Bergsonism: the theories of the Henri Bergson (October 18, 1859 –January 4, 1941) about perception of LIFE, INTUITION, INTELLECT AND MEMORY IN humankind..(From websites: 1UP.INFO.COM: ENCYCLOPEDIA: BERGSON; ENCARTA.MSN.COM: BERGSON);;

 Henri Bergson, [äNr´ brgsôN´] Pronunciation Key,  became a professor at the Collège de France in 1900, devoted some time to politics, and, after World War I, took an interest in international affairs. He is well known for his brilliant and imaginative philosophical works, which won him the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1914 all of Bergson's writings, but most especially Creative Evolution, were placed upon the list of books devout Catholics were forbidden to read. Among his works that have been translated into English are :

  •  Time and Free Will (1889; trans. 1910), was published and aroused great interest among philosophers. It presents his theories on the freedom of the mind and on duration, which he regarded as the succession of conscious states, intermingling and unmeasured.

    Bergson aimed to show how pseudo-problems about the will and its freedom have arisen from a false phenomenology of mental states - essentially, a tendency to conceive and describe them in spatial terms. Human experience does not perceive real life as a succession of demarcated conscious states, progressing along some imaginary line, but rather a continuous flow.

    Bergson made the distinction between the concept and experience of time. While the physicist observes objects and events in succession, time is presented to consciousness as duration - an endlessly flowing process. Bergson argued that the 'real time' is experienced as duration and apprehended by intuition, not through separate operations of instinct and the intellect.

  •  Matter and Memory (1896; trans. 1911), emphasizing the selectivity of the human brain. Bergson saw that the intuition, the direct apprehension of process, as the discoverer of truth - intuition, not analysis, reveals the real world.

    Bergson's treatment of intuition was not coherent - sometimes it referred to getting bright ideas, which presupposes intellectual hard work. Sometimes intuition is the method of philosophy like intellect is of mathematics
  • Laughter (1900; trans. 1901), an essay on the mechanistic basis of comedy that is probably his most quoted work.   Bergson defined the comic as the result of the sense of relief we feel when we feel ourselves from the mechanistic and materialistic.

    His examples were the man-automaton, the puppet on strings, Jack-in-the Box, etc. "A situation is always comic", he wrote, "if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings."

    He saw laughter as the corrective punishment inflicted by society upon the unsocial individual. "It seems that laughter needs an echo. Our laughter is always the laughter of a group."
  • Creative Evolution (1907; trans. 1911), probing the entire problem of human existence and defining the mind as pure energy, the élan vital, or vital force, responsible for all organic evolution. His concept of élan vital, "creative impulse" or "living energy", was developed in Creative Evolution, his most famous book.

His Creative Evolution (1907) and Matter and Memory (1896) attempted to:

  • integrate the findings of biological science with a theory of consciousness;
  • challenged the mechanistic view of nature; and.
  • is claimed to have anticipated features of relativity theory and modern scientific theories of the mind.

Bergson placed intuition as the highest human faculty.

In Creative Evolution Bergson argued that the creative urge, not the Darwinian concept of natural selection, is at the heart of evolution.

Man's intellect has developed in the course of evolution as an instrument of survival. Intellect comes to think inevitably in geometrical or 'spatializing' terms that are inadequate to lay hold of the ultimate living process.

But intuition goes to the heart of reality, and enables us to find philosophic truth.

Élan vital (= pRaaAN) is immaterial force, whose existence cannot be scientifically verified, but it provides the vital impulse that continuously shapes all life.

Bergson's philosophy is dualistic : the world contains two opposing tendencies :

  • the life force (élan vital) and
  • the resistance of the material world against that force.

Human beings know matter through their intellect, with which they measure the world. They formulate the doctrines of science and see things as entities set out as separate units within space. In contrast with intellect is intuition, which derives from the instinct of lower animals. Intuition gives us an intimation of the life force (élan vital = pRaaAN in veD ) which pervades all becoming. Intuition perceives the reality of time : that it is duration directed in terms of life and not divisible or measurable. Duration is demonstrated by the phenomena of memory.

Bergson emphasized the importance of intuition over intellect, as he promoted the idea of two opposing currents: inert matter in conflict with organic life as the vital urge (= pRaaAN) strives toward free creative action.

In other words the above is interpreted as follows (From Webster's Third International Dictionary):

  • The world is a process of creative evolution in which the novelty of successive phenomena rather than the constancy of natural law is the significant fact;
  • reality being regarded as time or duration that is the same as free motion and that is the expression of a vital impetus or creative force;
  • while the space world of science and common sense is taken to be an interpretation put upon sense images in the interest of practical activity and as a falsification of free-moving reality so that a true apprehension of reality is to be gained not by the analytic procedures of mathematics and science but by that intuition that can grasp wholes as such.

Bergson had following to say on life interpreted as a life force working through intuition and not as a mechanical thing perceived by current science:

  • "In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour." (from Le Rire, 1900)
  • "There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language".
  • "Art has no other object than to set aside the symbols of practical utility, the generalities that are conventionally and socially accepted, everything in fact which masks reality from us, in order to set us face to face with reality itself."

Philosophers have pointed out that Bergson did not satisfactorily show how intuition could work apart from intellect. Albert Einstein found serious mistakes from Bergson's DURÉE ET SIMULTANÉITÉ À PROPOS DE LA THÉORIE D'EINSTEIN (1921), dealing with Einstein's theory of relativity. Bergson had opposed in 1911 Einstein's ideas, but then his view had changed. He is generally regarded as having lost his public debate with Einstein, but some of the leading physicists have devoted articles to his work.

The above  understanding of INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan as part of the current science in the hands of mankind is presented as a comparative study along with the knowledge in veD = SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE .....

The sNskrut equivalent of INTUITION = aNtAR-GNaan or shj-GNaan or shjjaav-boDH......

The meaning of  aNtAR-GNaan from veD is shared below:

  1. This compound sNskrut word consists of 2 words: aNtAR and GNaan.......

  2. aNtAR as prefix to GNaan means:

        -    GNaan that is internal,
        -    GNaan that comes from inside of oneself,
        -   GNaan that comes from within oneself,
        -    GNaan that resides in the interior of oneself,
        -    GNaan that fills one's interior,
        -    GNaan that is concealed within oneself,
        -    GNaan that is secret within oneself.....

  3. GNaan has the following meanings:

    1.    GNaan means knowing; understanding; becoming acquainted with; acquired proficiency;

    2.    GNaan means knowledge; learning

    3.    GNaan means chaeetn`y (consciousness); cognizance of the self as a creation and fellow creations and organs which empowers this cognizance through 5 GNaanaeNDRRiyo (organs of knowledge acquisition) which are:

                     1.    SRot (auditory or hearing system),
    2.    t`vk (tactile or touch system),
                    3.     chKSHu (optical or vision system),
                    4.     rsn (taste system) and
                    5.     gRAN (olfactory or smell system).

            The information from 5 GNaanaeNDRRiyo is then processed into knowledge by mns (mind) and evaluated for its quality, purpose and application by buDH`DHi.  This information in mns is also processed by one's aHNkaar and chaetn.

    4.   GNaan is derived from the DH`yaan, DHaarANaa and smaaDHi stages of aSHt-aNg yog which are deep meditations on creator bRH`m....such DH`yaan, DHaarANaa and smaaDHi  leads to realization of the truth of oneself as an aat`maa residing in various bodies and traveling eternally with new and different bodies with naam (name) and ruup (form) in sNsaar...sNsaar means cyclic birth-death phenomenon by which an aat`maa takes new bodies to partake the kARm-fl (fruits of one's kARm = all life actions) of previous lives in previous bodies. This realization empowers one to realize that what one calls oneself as "I" is not the physical body but an aat`maa residing in the physical body. This realization then empowers one to understand the relationship of one's aat`maa with one's creator bRH`m as described in the 3 mHaa-vaak`y:

            1.    tt tvm asi = YOU (as in aat'maa) ARE THAT (= bRH`m);
            2.    aHm bRH`msi = I AM bRH`m;
            3.    aHm aat`maa bRH`m = MY aat`maa IS bRH`m.  
            Furthermore, this realization in the form of GNaan also empowers one to realize that bRH`m is GNaan from the mHaa-vaaky:
                    pRGNaanM bRH`m = bRH`m IS pRGnaa....(pRGnaa means GNaan (knowledge) or chaeetn`y (consciousness)).

            The above is further extended in Devi puraaAN in the s`lok:
                pRGNaanM aat`maa = aat`maa IS pRGnaa... (pRGnaa means GNaan (knowledge) or chaeetn`y (consciousness)).

         GNaan  as defined above is veiled or hidden from one's aat`maa when an aat`maa takes a body created by pRkruti. This veiling is done by shk`ti (power) of bRH`m called mHaa-maayaa. The resulting state is termed as "aat`maa is veiled by aviD`yaa". This state of being in aviD`yaa makes an aat`maa forget the knowledge of the 3 mHaa-vaak`y noted above. 

    5. GNaan is referred to as all the knowledge contained in 4 veD. The knowledge contained in veD empowers creation, sustenance of created and cyclic re-creation of all the universes and everything in the universes.

  4. Thus  aNtAR-GNaan means the knowledge of one's aat`maa and one's creator bRH`m. Both aat'maa and bRH`m are omniscient meaning knowing all that has been known, is known and will be known in the creation we call universes. aNtAR-GNaan in essence frees the embodied aat`maa from aviDyaa.  This freedom gives one's aat`maa the state of being omniscient. Thus when one gets INTUITION one is freed from aviD`yaa or becomes omniscient and thus knows beyond the knowledge normally conveyed by the 5 GNaanaeNDRRiyo existing in one's physical body.   


(POSTED ON AUGUST 21, 2003: The sharing of the meanings of sNskrut equivalent of INTUITION will be updated ed in the next posting in the light of the science of aaDH`yaa`tmaa....)

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