Asteya, Astēya: 12 definitions


Asteya means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Astey.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Asteya (अस्तेय, “honesty”) refers to one of the five types of Saṃyakcaritra (“right-conduct”), as mentioned in chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as mentioned in Ṛṣabha’s sermon:—

“[...] mokṣa is attained by those who practice unceasingly the brilliant triad of knowledge, faith, and conduct. The abandonment of all censurable activities will lead to right-conduct (cāritra), known by its five divisions, the vow of non-injury, etc. Non-injury, truthfulness, honesty, chastity, and poverty, with five supporting clauses each, lead to mokṣa. [...] That which is unpleasant and unbeneficial is not truthful, even though truthful. Not taking what is not given, that is called the vow of honesty (asteya)”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

astēya (अस्तेय).—n S Refraining from theft. See yōgadharma.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asteya (अस्तेय).—Not stealing.

Derivable forms: asteyam (अस्तेयम्).

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

Asteya (अस्तेय).—n.

(-yaṃ) Honesty. E. a neg. steya theft.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asteya (अस्तेय).—n. not stealing, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 217, 15.

Asteya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and steya (स्तेय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asteya (अस्तेय).—[neuter] non-theft, honesty.

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

1) Asteya (अस्तेय):—[=a-steya] [from a-stena] n. not stealing, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya etc.]

2) Āsteya (आस्तेय):—[from āstika] mfn. ([Pāṇini 4-3, 56]) belonging to something existent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Asteya (अस्तेय):—[a-steya] (yaṃ) 1. n. Idem.

[Sanskrit to German]

Asteya in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Asteya (अस्तेय) [Also spelled astey]:—(nm) not stealing.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Astēya (ಅಸ್ತೇಯ):—

1) [noun] the act or an instance of refraining from stealing, as one of the vow in yogic system.

2) [noun] ((Jain.) the religious vow of refraining from stealing.

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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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