Jnana-kanda - an essential subject

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Jnana means 'knowledge', and kanda means 'platform of activity'. The Vedas are divided into three divisions—karma-kāṇḍa, jñāna-kāṇḍa and upāsanā-kāṇḍa. These are activities dealing with fruitive work, empiric philosophical speculation and worship respectively. One who analytically studies the purpose of the Vedas understands that by karma-kāṇḍa, sacrificial activity, one comes to the conclusion of jñāna-kāṇḍa, speculative knowledge, and that after speculation one comes to the conclusion that worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the ultimate. However, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is given higher status than all these divisions because it recommends the worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. It is above all of these because it aims only at the Supreme Truth, the substance or root of all categories.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Jnana-kanda category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.


   
 

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