उत्तम (Uttam) & अनुत्तम (Anuttam)

The straightforward meaning of अनुत्तम (Anuttam) is the “opposite of उत्तम (Uttam)”.

उत्तम (Uttam) means “Good” and अनुत्तम (Anuttam) means “Bad”.

Those unknowledgeable saints who do not have any knowledge of creation of nature and those who consider Shri Krishan Ji to be the Supreme God have caused a catastrophe by translating this word “अनुत्तम (Anuttam)” wrongly in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7, Verse 18. All these ignorant so called saints and translators have written the meaning of अनुत्तम (Anuttam) as “Superior” or “Good” whereas it should have been translated as “bad” or “inferior”.

Adhyay 7 Shlok 18
उदाराः, सर्वे, एव, एते, ज्ञानी, तु, आत्मा, एव, मे, मतम्,
आस्थितः, सः, हि, युक्तात्मा, माम्, एव, अनुत्तमाम्, गतिम्।।18।।

The photograph below is from Bhagavad Gita from Gita Press Gorakhpur, in which Anuttamam has been wrongly translated as “Ati uttam” i.e. “most superior” whereas “anuttamam” means “most inferior”. It is actually superlative degree of the word inferior.

Read detailed Shlok and interpretation here

To  elaborate this let us take a look at some simple words and their opposites (विलोम).

उचित (Uchit) –  ठीक, औचित्यपूर्ण;  मुनासिब; Appropriate, Reasonable, Correct, Right, fair.
अनुचित (Anuchit) – जो उचित न हो;  नामुनासिब; Inappropriate, Improper, Unfair.

उक्त (Ukt) –  पहले कही गई; कहा गया; कथित; उल्लिखित; उपर्युक्त; ऊपर कहा गया। Said.
अनुक्त (Anukt) – जो उक्त अर्थात कहा हुआ न हो 2. बिना कहा हुआ; अकथित। Not said.

उपयुक्त (Upyukt) – जैसा होना चाहिए वैसा; योग्य; उचित; मुनासिब; अनुकूल। Appropriate, Apt, Fit, Applicable, Proper.
अनुपयुक्त (Anupyukt) – जो उपयुक्त न हो; जो ठीक या काम का न हो 2. अयोग्य 3. अनुचित। Unfit, Unsuitable, Indecent, Unbefitting, Inappropriate.

उदार (Udar) –  विशाल हृदयवाला; दयालु; उदात्त; धीर; दानशील; भला; दूसरों में गुण देखने वाला। Lavish, Liberal, Broadminded, Wide
अनुदार (Anudar) – जो उदार न हो 2. कठोर 3. संकीर्ण 4. कंजूस; कृपण। Narrow, Stuffy, Parochial, Illiberal.

अर्थ (Arth) –  अभिप्राय; मतलब; मानी 2. प्रयोजन 3. किसी बात या शब्द की व्याख्या। Meaning, Economic, Mean, Significance, Purport
अनर्थ (Anarth) –  बुरा; अशुभ 2. उलटा-पुल्टा; अर्थहीन। 1. नितांत आपत्तिजनक बात 2. विपत्ति 3. अनिष्ट 4. उलटा अर्थ। Scourge, Mishap, Catastrophe.

आवश्यक (Avashyak) –  ज़रूरी; अनिवार्य। Requisite, Necessary, Essential, Compulsory.
अनावश्यक (Anavashyak) – जिसकी आवश्यकता न हो; गैरज़रूरी 2. बेमतलब; व्यर्थ 3. फालतू। Expletive, Redundant, Unessential, Unnecessary

औषधि (Aushadhi) – 1. चिकित्सा के काम आने वाली जड़ी-बूटी या वनस्पति 2. रोगी के रोग का इलाज करने के लिए विधिपूर्वक बनाए हुए पदार्थों का मिश्रण। Medicament.
अनौषधि (Anaushadhi) – जो औषधि न हो। Product which is not medicine.

भिज्ञ (Bhigya) – जो बात जानता हो। Familiar, Informed.
अनभिज्ञ (Anbhigya) – जो किसी बात को जानता न हो; अनजान; नावाक़िफ़। Uninformed, Incognizant, Unwitting, Unaware, Unacquainted.

उत्तीर्ण (Uttirn) – 1. किसी परीक्षा में सफ़ल; 2. पार गया हुआ; पारित। Pass.
अनुत्तीर्ण (Anuttirn) – जो किसी परीक्षा में उत्तीर्ण न हुआ हो; (फ़ेल)। Fail.

Likewise the meaning of उत्तम (Uttam) & अनुत्तम (Anuttam) is as under.

उत्तम (Uttam) – जो गुण, विशेषता आदि में सबसे बढ़कर हो; बेहतर; श्रेष्ठ। Best, Good, Prime, Fine, Superior, Exquisite, Excellent.
अनुत्तम (Anuttam) – जो उत्तम न हो। Bad, Useless, Inferior.

Now you can yourself decide, how much knowledge those ignorant saints have, who have translated अनुत्तम (Anuttam) as superior, best.

Except Satguru Rampal Ji Maharaj, all other so-called Gurus, Acharyas, Mahants, Shankaracharyas, and the translators of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita have written incorrect meaning of Anuttam. 

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