Devayush, Devāyus, Devāyuṣ, Deva-ayush: 3 definitions


Devayush means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Devāyuṣ can be transliterated into English as Devayus or Devayush, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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

Devāyus (देवायुस्) or simply Deva refers to “heavenly/celestial realms or states of existence” and represents one of the four divisions of Āyu, or “life determining (karmas)”, which 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. Devāyus is also spelled as Devāyu. What is meant by life in heaven or heavenly life (deva-āyus)? The karmas rise of which causes the body of the living beings stay in heaven realm is life in heaven realm.

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Devāyus (देवायुस्) refers to the “life (karma) of the gods”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “In this world sometimes corporeal [souls] filled with a mass of virtue appear in heaven because of the development of life and name karmas connected with the celestial state of existence.—[com.—The celestial state of existence (devagatiḥ) is because of the arising of the life and name karma of the gods (devāyurnāmakarmodayāt)—such is the meaning]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Devāyuṣ (देवायुष्).—the life-time of a god.

Derivable forms: devāyuṣm (देवायुष्म्).

Devāyuṣ is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and āyuṣ (आयुष्).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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