Brahmacaryanuvrata, Brahmacaryāṇuvrata, Brahmacarya-anuvrata: 1 definition



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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows

Brahmacaryāṇuvrata (ब्रह्मचर्याणुव्रत) refers to the “minor vow of celibacy” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.20.—What is the minor vow of not casting an evil / lustful eye on other men/women (brahmacarya-aṇuvrata)? Not to cast an evil (lustful) eye on any person except the own legal and religiously married spouse is called brahmacaryāṇuvrata.

According to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.28, What are the five transgressions of the minor vow of celibacy (brahmacarya-aṇuvrata)? Arranging marriages of others (paravivāhakaraṇa), intercourse with an unchaste married woman (parigṛhītā-gamana), befriending a cohort (aparigṛhītā-gamana), perverted sexual activities (anaṅgakrīḍā) and excessive sexual disposition (kāmatīvrābhiniveśa) are the five transmigressions of the vow of contentment with own wife (minor vow of celibacy).

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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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