Atyantashashvata, Atyantaśāśvata, Atyanta-shashvata: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Atyantaśāśvata can be transliterated into English as Atyantasasvata or Atyantashashvata, 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

Atyantaśāśvata (अत्यन्तशाश्वत) refers to “absolutely eternal”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “If the body were extraordinary or absolutely eternal (atyantaśāśvata), then on account of [that] it is suitable to do a despicable action for the sake of it”.

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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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