Anaharaka, Anāhāraka: 2 definitions


Anaharaka 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)

[«previous next»] — Anaharaka in Jainism glossary
Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Anāhāraka (अनाहारक, “non-assimilative”).—What is the meaning of assimilative (āhāraka) and non-assimilative (anāhāraka)? Assimilation of matter particles for three kinds of matter bodies, namely physical or gross of human and subhuman beings, celestial for heavenly and hellish beings and conveyance emanating out of saints with high purity to attain six kinds of completions/ mature-organs (paryāptis) is called assimilative. Non assimilation of these is called non-assimilative.

according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.30, “for one, two or three time-instants (the soul remains) non-assimilative (anāhāraka)”.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anaharaka in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Anāhāraka (ಅನಾಹಾರಕ):—

1) [noun] a man abstaining from food.

2) [noun] (Jain.) that which is different from 'the minute form of the body issuing from the head of a meditative sage to consult an omniscient saint and returning with the desired informatioṇ.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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