Brahmanacara, Brāhmaṇācāra, Brahmana-acara: 1 definition


Brahmanacara means something in 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Brahmanachara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Brahmanacara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Brāhmaṇācāra (ब्राह्मणाचार) refers to “Brahminical conventions” which is preferred above wickedness (durvṛtta), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17. Accordingly, as Guṇanidhi, who was addicted to gambling (dyūta), was told by his mother as follows:—“[...] shun the company (saṃsarga) of the wicked people (durvṛtta), associate with good men (sādhusaṅgara), turn your attention to good learning (sadvidyā) and strictly adhere to Brahminical conventions (brāhmaṇācāra). Emulate your father [Yajñadatta] in form (rūpa), fame (yaśas) and traditional activity (kulaśīla). Why don’t you feel ashamed? Cast off your wickedness (durvṛtta). [...] Your father has never been a sinner (Pāpīyas). He strictly follows the path of the Vedas and Smṛtis [viz., śruti-smṛti-pathānuga]. Lord Śiva is my witness (sākṣin) for the purity of my mind (manas) that is riveted to his feet”.

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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.

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