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Definition - What does Amritanubhava mean?

"Amritanubhava" is a literary work by the Marathi poet and saint, Jnanesvar, written in the 13th century C.E. It is considered to be a milestone in the literature of the Marathi people and in the Marathi language, although it never became as famous as the "Jnanesvari" text.

The name, Amritanubhava, is composed of two Marathi root words: amrita, meaning “immortal elixir” in Sanskrit; and anubhava, meaning “experience” Thus, the literal translation of Amritanubhava is “the elixir of experience.”

Yogapedia explains Amritanubhava

It is thought that Jnanesvar was advised by his guru, Nivruttinath, to create the "Amritanubhava" in order to describe and share his own experiences of yoga and philosophy. It is written for all people, rather than one particular group or class of devotees. The "Amritanubhava" is considered to be the distilled essence of Jnanesvar’s considered philosophical treatise, whereas the "Jnanesvari" is a more poetic text.

There is some controversy around the interpretation of the "Amritanubhava," with many scholars disagreeing on the precise nature of Jnanesvar’s philosophy. One researcher of note concluded that it was neither dualism nor monism, but instead promoted a “dual monism.”

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