• Jen McNair Wilson

Crimes Against Wisdom

There are many beautiful terms in Sanskrit and one of them is this:


It means ‘crimes against wisdom’ and refers to any actions, lifestyle choices, habits etc. that take us away from a state of equilibrium/harmony and bring us into one of imbalance/dis-ease.

When I first heard that there was such a thing, that there was a term for ‘crimes against wisdom’ it did something wonderful to my heart. Prajnaparadha. It gave me a different kind of accountability for my actions and invoked a positive and ongoing introspection.

This says so much

Calling ‘Prajnaparadha’ on myself is almost like a game, one where I am open and willing to see and to make changes. It is a veil lifter! I think it works on an individual level, looking at ourselves, the choices we make for our little bodies and minds and it works too, collectively, looking at all of us and how we are with this Earth, our greater body in a sense.

So I recommend an exploration of this in your own life. Calling ‘Prajnaparadha’ on yourself, with lightness.

We don’t always do what we know is right, because sometimes wisdom gets in the way of instant gratification, convenience and our selfishness. We let the harmful go unchecked, don’t we? Because in so doing we get a little something we want... short term.

I was going to write some of the things that I’ve seen in me and us but I will leave you to see for yourself and I welcome any sharing and feedback.

One thing I will say is that there are unwise things we thoughtlessly do that we can stop with a bit of will power, especially if we can see life is better without them in the long term, BUT there are some things that are a little different in nature. There are things we do that although unwise or harmful, are engrained habits with claws that at some time probably saved us from suffering and these are not easy to drop. If you find yourself calling Prajnaparadha on something that you’re helpless over, then I suggest compassion and understanding and definitely applying some COAL: Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance and Love. ie: Try to see what that prajnaparadha is giving you, is it soothing? Is it numbing? What does it or did it originally save you from feeling? Hold your small self and explore, understand and be kind and compassionate and allow.

Thank you.