Deshavadhi, Deśāvadhi, Desha-avadhi: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Deśāvadhi can be transliterated into English as Desavadhi or Deshavadhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1

Deśāvadhi (देशावधि) is a category of clairvoyance knowledge (avadhi-jñāna). Avadhi refers to one of the five types of knowledge (jñāna), according to Tattvārthasūtra 1.9-10.

What is meant by deśāvadhi? This is the clairvoyant knowledge attained by a person having right faith but not following the vows (avirati) i.e. in the fourth stage of spiritual purification (guṇasthāna). Generally clairvoyance is possible to be attained by the living beings in all the four destinies /states (gati). However the deśāvadhi can be attained by living beings in human and sub-human states with right faith.

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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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