Abhogini, Ābhoginī: 1 definition



Abhogini means something in Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Ābhoginī (आभोगिनी) is the name of a Vidyā (magic art), according to chapter 5.3 [śāntinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as the Vidyādhara Pavanavega said to king Vajrāyudha:—“[...] After taking an offering for a pūjā to the Vidyā Prajñapti, I came and did not see my daughter [i.e., Śāntimatī] on the mountain [i.e., Maṇisāgara]. Then I learned (what had happened) from Ābhoginī and came here, master. Surrender this man, a mine of vices, O punisher of the wicked. I will split him with this club like a cocoanut and make him reach the abode of Yama. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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