Gunapratyaya, Guṇapratyaya, Guna-pratyaya: 1 definition


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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Guṇapratyaya (गुणप्रत्यय) refers to “the spiritual purification by partial subsidence-cum-destruction of karmas” and represents one of the two types of clairvoyance (avadhi-jñāna), according to Tattvārthasūtra 1.21. Avadhi is to one of the five types of knowledge (jñāna), refers to the crisp knowledge of concrete objects/entities acquired, without the assistance of the mind and sensory organs but with the limitations of substance, modes, time and place is called clairvoyance.

When is one blessed with guṇa-pratyaya clairvoyance? Pratyaya means the cause (nimitta) or reason (kāraṇa). When a subsidence-cum-destruction of karmas becomes an attribute of a living being, then he is blessed with guṇa-pratyaya clairvoyance. Who can be blessed with guṇa-pratyaya clairvoyance? Human and subhuman beings (tiryañca) can be blessed with guṇa-pratyaya clairvoyance.

How many types of “clairvoyance due to subsidence cum destruction of karmas” (guṇa-pratyaya) are there? There are six types of this type of clairvoyance, namely

  1. anugāmi (one which goes with the owner wherever he/ she goes i.e. follows the owner);
  2. ananugāmi (which does not go with the owner from one state to another);
  3. vardhamāna (which increases over time);
  4. hīyamāna (which decreases over time);
  5. avasthita (steady);
  6. anavasthita (unsteady).
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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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