Akashaya, Akaṣāya: 4 definitions


Akashaya means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Akaṣāya can be transliterated into English as Akasaya or Akashaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Akaṣāya (अकषाय).—What is meant by devoid of passion (akaṣāya)? Souls in 11th and upwards stages of spiritual purification are called akaṣāya i.e. souls devoid of don’t remove passions.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas

Akaṣāya (अकषाय) or Nokaṣāya refers to “quasi passions” representing one of the two main divisions of  Cāritramohanīya “conduct deluding (karmas)” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. Cāritramohanīya refers to one of the two main classifications of Mohanīya, or “deluding (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha).

Akaṣāya (conduct deluding karmas caused by quasi passions) is of nine types namely:

  1. jest (hāsya)
  2. liking for certain objects (rati)
  3. dislike for certain objects (arati)
  4. grief or sorrow (śoka)
  5. fear (bhaya)
  6. disgust (jugupsā)
  7. hankering after women (strīveda)
  8. hankering after men (puṃveda)
  9. hankering after neutral gender (napuṃsakaveda)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Akaśāya (अकशाय):—[tatpurusha compound](?) m.

(-yaḥ) A proper name; cf. ākaśāyeya. E. unknown.

[Sanskrit to German]

Akashaya in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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