Anudisha, aka: Anudisā, Anudiśa, Anudisa; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Anudiśa can be transliterated into English as Anudisa or Anudisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Anudiśa (अनुदिश).—One of the five heavens of the upper world (ūrdhvaloka);—The Anudiśas (Digambara only) are nine:

  1. Arcis,
  2. Arcimāli,
  3. Vaira,
  4. Vairocana,
  5. Soma,
  6. Somarūpa,
  7. Aṅka,
  8. Sphaṭika,
  9. Āditya.
Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography

Anudiśa (अनुदिश) is one of the three subclasses of kalpātītas (born beyond heaven), itself a division of empyrean celestial beings (vaimānika) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.19. The living beings residing in the vimānas are called the empyrean gods (vaimānika) and represents one of the four classes of Devas.

There are nine anudiśas, namely:

  1. Āditya,
  2. Arci,
  3. Arcimālini,
  4. Vajradivya,
  5. Vairocana,
  6. Saumya,
  7. Saumyarupaka,
  8. Aṅka,
  9. Sphaṭikaprabhāsa.

Why Nava-anudiśa heavens are called so? As they have nine heavenly abodes one in each of the eight directions, they are called Nava-anudiśa. Which thought-colourations are there in Graivaiyaka, Anudiśa and Anuttara gods? They have pure white thought-colouration. What is the life span of deities in the Nava-anudiśa? Nava-anudiśa is the one layered heavens above kalpas where deities reside. The life span in these heavens is thirty two ocean-measured-periods (sāgara).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)
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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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Pali-English dictionary

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anudisā : (f.) an intermediate direction.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Anudisā, (f.) (anu + disā) an intermediate point of ihe compass, often collectively for the usual 4 intermediate points D.I, 222; S.I, 122; III, 124. (Page 36)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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