Dharmastikaya, Dharmāstikāya, Dharma-astikaya: 5 definitions


Dharmastikaya 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Atma Dharma: Principles of Jainism

Ether Substance; That which is a passive cause in the motion of self-moving jivas (embodied souls) and matter (atom or molecule) is called ether (dharma dravya). For example-Water is a passive cause in the motion of self-moving fish.

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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

[«previous next»] — Dharmastikaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dharmāstikāya (धर्मास्तिकाय).—(with Jainas) the category or predicament of virtue; cf. अस्तिकाय (astikāya).

Derivable forms: dharmāstikāyaḥ (धर्मास्तिकायः).

Dharmāstikāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dharma and astikāya (अस्तिकाय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dharmāstikāya (धर्मास्तिकाय):—[from dharma > dhara] m. the category or predicament of virtue, [Jaina literature]

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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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