Digvirati, aka: Dish-virati; 1 Definition(s)


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Digvirati (दिग्विरति) refers to “abstaining from activity with regard to direction” and is one of the three guṇavrata (enhancing vows) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.21.—What is meant by the vow to abstain from activity with regard to direction (dig-virati)? The directions are east west etc (eight corners of the compass plus up and down for a total of ten). Taking a resolve, for the whole life, not to go or participate in any activities beyond set limits in these directions fixing limits with well known rivers / mountains /landmarks is the vow to abstain from activity with regard to direction. However the limits of activity do not apply for religious activities.

According to the Tattvārthasūtra 7.30, what are the five transgressions of the ‘vow of the directional limits’ (digvirati)? Exceeding the limits for movement set in the directions namely upwards (ūrdhva), downwards (adhas) and horizontally (tiryañc), enlarging the boundaries in the accepted directions (kṣetravṛddhi) and forgetting the boundaries set (smṛtyantardhāna) are the five transgressions of the vow of directional limit.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
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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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