Darshanavarana, aka: Darśanāvaraṇa, Darshana-avarana; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Darśanāvaraṇa can be transliterated into English as Darsanavarana or Darshanavarana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Darśanāvaraṇa (दर्शनावरण) or Darśanāvaraṇīya refers to “perception obscuring (karmas)” and represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8.—Accordingly, “what is meant by obscuring (āvaraṇa)? It means to put a veil or cover or to hide. The cover used to hide is called āvaraṇa. What is meant by perception obscuring karma (darśanāvaraṇa)? The karma which obscures or covers the perception attribute of the soul is called perception obscuring karma”.

The nine types of perception obscuring karmas (darśanāvaraṇa) are:

  1. ocular perception (cakṣur-darśana),
  2. non-ocular perception (acakṣus-darśana),
  3. clairvoyant perception (avadhi-darśana),
  4. perfect perception (kevala-darśana),
  5. sleep (nidrā),
  6. deep-sleep (nidrānidrā),
  7. drowsiness (sleep in sitting posture) (pracalā),
  8. heavy drowsiness (pracalāpracalā), 
  9. somnambulism/sleep walking (committing cruel deeds while asleep) (styānagṛddhi or styānarddhi).

Perception (darśana) is of four types. Why nine types of perception obscuring karmas are mentioned here? It is true that perception is of four types only. But we have perception first and then knowledge manifestation. The remaining five i.e. sleep etc do not let one perceive and hence do not let manifestation of knowledge take place. Therefore these five types of sleep have been included here also.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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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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