“There is a difference between jnana and vidya. Jnana means “wisdom,” but vidya means “body of knowledge.” The vidyas are living bodies of knowledge. They are all goddesses. They are shaktis. A person who does medicine, astrology, music or something like that – a person who is really doing it – is not actually doing anything other than getting out of the way so that the vidya can act through him or her. So, as long as the vidya is acting through you, you can be a lot more confident that whatever is going on through you is something beneficial, because the vidya will be facilitating your intuition to work.“
— Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic doctor and Jyotishi
A few notes:
Shaktis are divine flows or powers. This is much more subtle than astral influences as I discussed here.
Jnana is often used in the context of the path of the intellect or discrimination.
And technically, Sanskrit does not use “s” to pluralize so “vidyas,” like sutras or vedas is an Anglicization.
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