Astitva: 10 definitions


Astitva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Astitv.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Astitva (अस्तित्व) refers to “existence”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[Digression on a case brought against the Buddha; B. The defense].—[7. Silence on the Fourteen Difficult Questions].—The Buddha did not answer fourteen difficult questions.—[...] Furthermore, people say: ‘Nothingness (nāstitva) exists; existence (astitva) does not exist’ They are making a mistake, and the Buddha does not make a mistake by not answering. The sun (sūrya) lights up the earth, but it can neither lower the mountains nor elevate the valleys: it is limited to making them visible. In the same way, the Buddha has no action on dharmas. If they exist, he says that they exist; if they do not exist, he says that they do not exist. Thus he said: [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Atma Dharma: Principles of Jainism

Existence; That potentiality or quality by virtue of which the substance is never destroyed, and also can never be created by any one is called existence attribute.

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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

astitva (अस्तित्व).—n S Being or existence.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

astitva (अस्तित्व).—n Existence, being.

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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

Astitva (अस्तित्व).—Existence.

Derivable forms: astitvam (अस्तित्वम्).

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

Astitva (अस्तित्व):—[=asti-tva] [from asti] n. idem, [ib.]

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

Astitva (अस्तित्व):—(tva) 1. n. Existence.

[Sanskrit to German]

Astitva 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Astitva (अस्तित्व) [Also spelled astitv]:—(nm) existence, being, entity; ~[vāda] existentialism; ~[vādī] an existentialist; extentialistic; ~[vāna] existent.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Astitva (ಅಸ್ತಿತ್ವ):—[noun] the act, fact or state of being; existence; subsistence; entity.

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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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