Drishtika, Dṛṣṭika, Dṛṣṭikā: 5 definitions


Drishtika means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 terms Dṛṣṭika and Dṛṣṭikā can be transliterated into English as Drstika or Drishtika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Drishtika in Shaktism glossary
Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Dṛṣṭikā (दृष्टिका) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Dṛṣṭikā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Drishtika in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dṛṣṭika (दृष्टिक) [=Dṛṣṭi?] refers to “viewpoints”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How then, son of good family, does the Bodhisattva collect all qualities of the Buddha by thorough practice (yoniśas-prayoga)? [...] Learning is the cause of great insight; the Bodhisattva, not being entangled in the preconceived viewpoints (upalaṃbha-dṛṣṭika-agrahaṇa), having transferred the learning without apprehending into omniscience, fulfils the perfection of insight. In the same way with all good qualities, whatever the cause of good qualities accumulated, its effect will appear without effort. Further, the cause and conditions are called thorough mental effort. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Drishtika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Dṛṣṭika (दृष्टिक).—(-dṛṣṭika), ifc. (= Pali -diṭṭhika), having a (usually false) belief in…; or, in [bahuvrīhi], = dṛṣṭi, (false) belief, (usually) heresy; always said of persons: vigatapāpadṛṣṭikaś ca Lalitavistara 26.9 (prose), rid of evil heresies; pudgala-d° Bodhisattvabhūmi 46.24, believing in the person; ātma-dṛṣṭikaiḥ, sattva-, jīva-, pudgala-, Vajracchedikā 34.5—6; in good sense, samāna-°ṭikā- nām Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iii.101.8 = samānadṛṣṭibhir 100.9.

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

Dṛṣṭika (दृष्टिक):—[from dṛś] mfn. falsely believing in ([compound]), [Vajracchedikā]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dṛṣṭikā (दृष्टिका) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Diṭṭhiā.

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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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