Adiksha, aka: Adīkṣā; 1 Definition(s)

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Adiksha 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.

The Sanskrit term Adīkṣā can be transliterated into English as Adiksa or Adiksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Adīkṣā (अदीक्षा) refers to a type of Brahmacārin: the first of the four stages of a layman (āśrama) according to Cāmuṇḍarāya (940–989 A.D.) in his Caritra-sāra. Adīkṣā-brahmacārin refers to one who studies the āgama without taking orders or wearing the monk’s garb, but adheres to the household life;

Cāmuṇḍarāya, who was a Digambara Jain, has taken over the Hindu concept of the four āśramas, which, following Jinasena, he terms brahmacārin (eg., Adīkṣā), gṛhastha, vānaprastha, and bhikṣu.

Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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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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