Ashucitva, Aśucitva: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Aśucitva can be transliterated into English as Asucitva or Ashucitva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Ashuchitva.

In Jainism

Jain philosophy

Source: Anekanta Jaya Pataka of Haribhadra Suri

Aśucitva (अशुचित्व) refers to one of the twelve reflections (bhāvanā), as mentioned in the Anekāntajayapatākā-prakaraṇa, a Śvetāmbara Jain philosophical work written by Haribhadra Sūri.—[Cf. Vol. II, P. 223, ll. 22-25]—Aśucitva-bhāvanā refers to the reflection that—The body is impure and dirty. See Uttarajjhayana (XIX, 12)

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General definition (in Jainism)

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

1a) Aśucitva (अशुचित्व) (Cf. Aśauca) refers to “impurity (of the body)” and represents one of the twelve pure reflections (bhāvanā), according to the Praśamaratiprakaraṇa 149-50 (p. 93-4).—Accordingly, “(A monk) should reflect, upon transcient [sic] nature of the world, helplessness, loneliness, separateness of the self from non-self, impurity (aśucitva) (of the body), cycle of births sand [sic] rebirths, inflow of Karmas and stoppage of inflow of Karmas; Shedding of stock of Karmas, constitution of the universe, nature of true religion, difficulty in obtaining enlightenment, which are (called) twelve pure Bhāvanās (reflections)”.

1b) Aśucitva (अशुचित्व) refers to the “impurity (of the body)” and represents one of the “(twelve) reflections” (bhāvanā), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—The human body is filthy, reprehensible, full of impurity (aśucitva), produced from semen and ovaries, and contemptible. How can it be praised when it is filled with blood, flesh and fat, has a skeleton of slender bones, is bound with tendons and has a bad odour? The body continually discharges putrid smells from its nine orifices, is innately perishable and dependent on other things (e.g. food and water, etc.).

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Aśucitva (अशुचित्व) or Aśauca refers to “(reflection on the) impurity” and represents one of the twelve Bhāvanās (topics for meditation), according to a manuscript [Bāra bhāvanā] (dealing with the Ethics section of Jain Canonical literature) included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—There are traditionally 12 bhāvanās or topics for meditation (also known as anuprekṣā, see Tattvārthasūtra 9.7 as locus classicus). In the present manuscript [Bāra bhāvanā], only the first six are dealt with, each in a few stanzas, followed by a section-title: [e.g.,] 6. reflection on impurity (aśucitva, here aśauca, 12 stanzas, ends on 51v14). [...]

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aśucitva (अशुचित्व).—n.

(-tvaṃ) Impurity. E. tva added to aśuci; also aśucitā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aśucitva (अशुचित्व):—[=a-śuci-tva] [from a-śuci] n. impurity.

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aśucitva (ಅಶುಚಿತ್ವ):—

1) [noun] uncleanness; dirtiness.

2) [noun] ceremonial impurity.

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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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