Sthitaprajna

Definition - What does Sthitaprajna mean?

Sthitaprajna is a Sanskrit term that means “contented,” “calm” and “firm in judgment and wisdom.” It is a combination of two words: sthita, meaning “existing,” “being” and “firmly resolved to,” and prajna, meaning “wise,” “clever” and “intelligent.”

In the Bhagavad Gita, sthitaprajna refers to a man of steady wisdom. The yogi is described in Sloka 55 as a sthitaprajna when he “renounces completely all the desires of the mind, when he is fully satisfied with his mind fixed in Atman.”

Yogapedia explains Sthitaprajna

The sthitaprajna is also known as a jivanmukta (one who is liberated while still living an earthly life) in some traditions and can be referred to a free soul or self.

According to the Gita, a sthitaprajna:

  • Is free from worldly attachments and aversions
  • Does not need to seek the truth because he sees truth
  • Is free from motives and ego
  • Has attained full knowledge of the Ultimate Reality
  • Does good deeds with no expectations of reward
  • Is aware of the oneness of Reality
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