Ashodhyatva, Āśodhyatva, Ashodhya-tva: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Āśodhyatva can be transliterated into English as Asodhyatva or Ashodhyatva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Āśodhyatva (आशोध्यत्व) [=śodhyatva?] refers to “cleansing” (of the body), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “[com.—Next he speaks about the state in which there is to be cleansing entirely (sarvathāśodhyatvam) of the body (śarīrasya)]—If, by chance, this body is cleaned by the waters of the ocean then, being cleaned, in an instant it contaminates even those [waters] also. If this body were not covered with skin, then who would be able to protect [it] from flies, worms and crows?”.

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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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