Ekantavada, Ekāntavāda, Ekanta-vada: 1 definition

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Ekantavada 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.

In Jainism

Jain philosophy

Source: archive.org: Anekanta Jaya Pataka of Haribhadra Suri

Ekāntavāda (एकान्तवाद) (Sanskrit; in Prakrit: Egantavāya) refers to a “one-sided exposition”.—Anekāntavāda can be split up into four parts viz. an, eha, anta and vāda. These respectively mean: not, one, a side or an end, and a statement or an exposition. Thus anekāntavāda stands for a many-sided exposition. Thereby it is implied that it is a statement made after taking into account all the possible angles of vision regarding any object or idea. In short, it is an opposite of ekāntavāda, a one-sided exposition irrespective of other view-points. This is probably the reason why it is also designated as syādvāda (P. siyāvāya).

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