Duhkhahetu, Duḥkhahetu, Duhkha-hetu: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhahetu in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Duḥkhahetu (दुःखहेतु) refers to “that which causes misery and distress”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “Then that Varāṅgī, devoted to him, conceived. The child within her body developed in many years with its brilliance. That Varāṅgī, when the time was complete, delivered of a son of huge body and great strength dazzling the ten quarters. At the same time, several phenomena of evil portent forboding misery and distress happened [i.e., duḥkhahetubabhūvurduḥkhahetavaḥ], when the son of Varāṅgī was born making the gods miserable. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhahetu in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Duḥkhahetu (दुःखहेतु) refers to the “cause of suffering”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 31).—Accordingly, “[...] The person who has renounced desire (vītarāga) has the same feelings towards the lustful: he has compassion for these angry madmen, burned by the fire of desire (kāmadagdha) who suffer more than they enjoy. For many reasons of this kind, we know that the body has the nature of suffering (duḥkhalakṣaṇa) and is the cause of suffering (duḥkhahetu)”.

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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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