Bhavyatva: 2 definitions



Bhavyatva 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: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Bhavyatva (भव्यत्व) refers to “capacity for salvation” and represents one of the three types of pāriṇāmika (inherent nature of the soul), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.7. What is meant by capacity for salvation (bhavyatva)? It means the capacity of a living being to realize the right belief-knowledge and conduct fully.

There are three types of dispositions due to inherent nature of the soul namely; principle of life or consciousness (jīvatva), capacity/ potency for salvation (bhavyatva) and incapacity for salvation (abhavyatva). These three dispositions occur without the impact of kārmika activities like rising, subsidence etc. In other words these dispositions are the natural dispositions of the soul.

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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

[«previous next»] — Bhavyatva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhāvyatva (भाव्यत्व):—[=bhāvya-tva] [from bhāvya > bhāva] n. the state of being about to happen, futurity, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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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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