Dharitrivarini, Dharitrīvāriṇī, Dharitri-varini: 1 definition


Dharitrivarini means something in Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dharitrīvāriṇī (धरित्रीवारिणी) is the name of a Vidyā, according to chapter 4.1 [śreyāṃsanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“[...] Jvalanajaṭin, delighted, taught vidyās to them (i.e., Acala and Tripṛṣṭha), dressed in white, concentrated in meditation. Recalling the first syllables of the mantras, the two brothers passed seven nights, their minds devoted to one thing. On the seventh day, the lord of serpents (Śeṣa) having trembled, the vidyās approached Bala and Upendra absorbed in meditation. The vidyās [viz., Dharitrīvāriṇī], and others said, ‘We are in your power’. Both completed meditation, though the vidyās had been won. Everything is attracted spontaneously by merit. What should not belong to the noble? [...]”.

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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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