When I read the bhagwat geeta I not even once came across the word deekshya only gyan , but outside the geeta and on majorly other forms of attaining liberation i.e. forms different from devotion I also hear the word deekshya.

So what's the difference between deekshya and gyan, and does deekshya have any role in devotion(bhakti). Was the knowledge imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna through geeta deekshya or gyan?

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Dīkṣā in the context of bhakti means to take initiation from a guru, which is actually hinted at in Gītā 4.34 (tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā). Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī lists approaching a guru and taking dīkṣā from him as the first steps into bhakti (guru-pādāśrayas tasmāt kṛṣṇa-dīkṣādi-śikṣaṇam, Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.74))

Jñāna on the other hands is usually translated as "knowledge", but has a much deeper meaning than the English term would convey

  • I meant for a more general differentiation than in terms of bhakti or any form.
    – juztcode
    Jan 24, 2020 at 17:33

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