Avadhijnana, Avadhijñāna, Avadhi-jnana: 6 definitions


Avadhijnana means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Avadhijñāna (अवधिज्ञान) or simply Avadhi refers to “clairvoyant knowledge of physical objects” and represents one of the five types of “right-knowledge” (samyagjñāna), 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. Among these, exact knowledge which comes from a summary or detailed study of the principles, jīva, etc., is called ‘right-knowledge’ (samyagjñāna). [...] Avadhijñāna is innate to gods and hell-inhabitants. Of others it is six-fold, characterized by destruction and suppression”.

Source: JAINpedia: Jainism

Avadhijñāna (अवधिज्ञान) in Sanskrit (Ohināṇa in Prakrit) is another name for Avadhi, which refers to “clairvoyance” and represents one of the five types of knowledge, as explained in the Nandīsūtra.—The heart of the Nandī-sūtra deals with the concept of cognition or knowledge in its various divisions and subdivisions. This is also an appropriate topic for a text that transcends all categories in the Śvetāmbara canon, for it can be regarded as a prerequisite to the scriptures. First comes the list of the five types of knowledge [viz., avadhijñāna, “clairvoyance”], known from other sources as well, such as the Tattvārtha-sūtra I. 9-33

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ

Avadhijñāna (अवधिज्ञान) refers to the “third of the five modes of knowledge”, and represents a Jaina technical term mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Note: Avadhijñāna is that which the gods have (Guerinot 1926 p. 123).

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avadhijñāna (अवधिज्ञान).—The faculty of perceiving ever what is not within the reach of the senses; Name of the third degree of knowledge; (matijñāna, śrutijñāna, avadhijñāna, manaḥparyāyajñāna, kevalajñāna Jaina).

Derivable forms: avadhijñānam (अवधिज्ञानम्).

Avadhijñāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms avadhi and jñāna (ज्ञान).

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

Avadhijñāna (अवधिज्ञान):—[=ava-dhi-jñāna] [from ava-dhi > ava-dhā] n. ‘perception extending as far as the furthest limits of the world’ id est. the faculty of perceiving even what is not within the reach of the senses, Name of the third degree of knowledge, [Jaina literature]

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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

[«previous next»] — Avadhijnana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avadhijñāna (ಅವಧಿಜ್ಞಾನ):—[noun] a mystic accomplishment which enables to know things beyond the reach of the senses (but not absolute).

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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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