Apadhyana, aka: Apadhyāna; 2 Definition(s)


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Apadhyāna (अपध्यान, “evil thought”) refers to one of the five anarthadaṇḍa-virati (vow for abstaining from purposeless sin) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.21.—What is meant by evil thought (apadhyāna)? Wishing and thinking ill of others, telling stories involving attachment and aversion and wicked disposition is evil thought.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
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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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Apadhyāna (अपध्यान).—

1) Evil thoughts, thinking ill of, cursing mentally; तदपध्यानात् पिशाचतामुपगतम् (tadapadhyānāt piśācatāmupagatam) K.29.

2) Meditation upon things which are not to be thought of. (Jain).

Derivable forms: apadhyānam (अपध्यानम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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