Cāra, aka: Cara; 4 Definition(s)
Cāra (चार) is a Sanskrit technical term referring to “spy” (a man who, keeping his real character concealed, comes to know what is done and what is not done by others). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. The Dharmaśāstra represents a branch of Hindu science dealing with a religious law and universal customs. (See the Manubhāṣya 8.116)
Cāra, (fr. car carati to move about) motion, walking, going; doing, behaviour, action, process Miln. 162 (+vihāra); Dhs. 8=85 (=vicāra); DhsA. 167. Usually —° (n. & adj.): kāma° going at will J. IV, 261; pamāda° a slothful life J. I, 9; piṇḍa° alms-begging Sn. 414, 708; sabbaratti° wandering all night S. I, 201; samavattha° A. III, 257. See also carati Ib.
—vihāra doing & behaving, i.e. good conduct J. II, 232; Dpvs. VI, 38; cp. Miln. 162 (above). (Page 264)
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Cara, (n-adj.) (from car, carati) 1. the act of going about, walking; one who walks or lives (usually —°): oka° living in water M. I, 117; J. VI, 416; antara° S. IV, 173; eka° solitary Sn. 166; saddhiṃ° a companion Sn. 45; anattha° J. V, 433; jala° Dāvs. IV, 38. See also cāreti & gocara.—Instr. carasā (adv.) walking M. I, 449.—cara-vāda “going about talk, ＂ gossip, idle talk S. III, 12; V, 419.—sucara easy, duccara difficult Vin. III, 26.—2. one who is sent on a message, a secret emissary, a spy S. I, 79. Also as carapurisa J. II, 404; IV, 343; VI, 469; DhA. I, 193. ‹-› Note.—cara-purāya at A. V, 133 should be changed into v. l. SS paramparāya. (Page 262)
cara : one who walks or frequents; 2. a spy. || cāra (m.), motion; action; process; going.
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