Brahmacarin, aka: Brahmacārin, Brahman-carin; 5 Definition(s)
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Brahmacārin (ब्रह्मचारिन्).—Duties of: with a daṇḍa and tuft, bed on the earth over skin, service to Guru, learning and living on alms;1 may remain so throughout life by taking to Vaikhānasa or Parivratāśrama.2
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 12 (whole), XI. 18. 42-3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 7. 175; 32. 24; III. 9. 70; Matsya-purāṇa 40. 2; Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 23; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 9. 1-7.
- 2) Ib. III. 10. 14-15.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Brahmachārin (ब्रह्मचारिन): A religious student, unmarried, who lives with his spiritual guide, devoted to study and service.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
General definition (in Jainism)
1) Brahmacārin (ब्रह्मचारिन्) refers to the first of the four stages of a layman (āśrama) according to Cāmuṇḍarāya (940–989 A.D.) in his Caritra-sāra. Cāmuṇḍarāya, who was a Digambara Jain, has taken over the Hindu concept of the four āśramas, which, following Jinasena, he terms brahmacārin, gṛhastha, vānaprastha, and bhikṣu.
The following categories of Brahmacārin are mentioned in the Caritra-sāra:
2) Brahmacārin (ब्रह्मचारिन्) refers to a classification of a śrāvaka (laymen), based on his progress through the pratimās, according to Somadeva. Varṇin refers to the first to six pratimās, also known as Madhyama (middle). Āśādhara calls the Brahmacārin a Varṇin.Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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.
Languages of India and abroad
1) studying the Vedas.
2) practising continence of chastity. (-m.) a religious student, a Brāhmaṇa in the first order of his life, who continues to live with his spiritual guide from the investiture with sacred thread and performs the duties pertaining to his order till he settles in life; ब्रह्मचारी वेदमधीत्य वेदौ वेदान् वा चरेद् ब्रह्मचर्यम् (brahmacārī vedamadhītya vedau vedān vā cared brahmacaryam) Kaṭha- śrutyopaniṣad 17; Ms.2.41,175;6.87.
2) one who vows to lead the life of a celibate.
3) an epithet of Śiva.
4) of Skanda.
Brahmacārin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and cārin (चारिन्).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
The Parūrasutta (story of Vivādabala) < [Part 3 - The Prajñā and the teaching of the Dharma]
Story of the impostor bramacārin exposed by the Bodhisattva < [Chapter XXVII - The Virtue of Exertion]
Part 5 - What is the absolute point of view if the views are all false < [Chapter I - Explanation of Arguments]
Chapter XLV - On On Kaundinya (a) < [Section Ten]
Chapter XLVI - On On Kaundinya (b) < [Section Ten]
Chapter XLI - On Bodhisattva Kasyapa (b) < [Section Nine]
Vedānta-sūtras Part II (by George Thibaut)
III, 4, 41 < [Third Adhyāya, Fourth Pāda]
III, 4, 42 < [Third Adhyāya, Fourth Pāda]
III, 4, 20 < [Third Adhyāya, Fourth Pāda]
Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra (by Āśvalāyana)
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)