Anarthadandavirati, Anarthadaṇḍavirati, Anarthadanda-virati, Anarthadamdavirati: 1 definition
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General definition (in Jainism)Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
Anarthadaṇḍavirati (अनर्थदण्डविरति) refers to the “vow for abstaining from purposeless sin” and is one of the three guṇavrata (enhancing vows) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.21.—What is meant by vow for abstaining from purposeless sin (anarthadaṇḍa-virati)? Purposeless activity is the cause of a sin. To give up such purposeless activities for life is the vow for abstaining from purposeless sin. How many types of the vow for abstaining from purposeless sin (anarthadaṇḍa-virati) are there? There are five types of purposeless activities namely evil thought (apadhyāna), preaching of sin (pāpopadeśa), negligent activity (pramādacaryā), giving of implements of violence (hiṃsādāna) and listening to undesirable stories (duḥśruti).
According to the Tattvārthasūtra 7.32, what are the five transgressions of the vow of abstaining from unnecessary / purposeless sinful activities (anarthadaṇḍa-virati)? These are: vulgar jokes (kandarpa), erotic gestures (kautkucya), garrulity (maukhary) and unmindful indulgence in too much action (asamīkṣya-adhikaraṇa), keeping too many consumable and non-consumable objects (upabhogaparibhoga-ādhikya).
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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