Gunasthana, Guṇasthāna, Guna-sthana: 2 definitions


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Jain philosophy

Source: Anekanta Jaya Pataka of Haribhadra Suri

Guṇasthāna (गुणस्थान) refers to a “spiritual stage”, as mentioned in the Anekāntajayapatākā-prakaraṇa, a Śvetāmbara Jain philosophical work written by Haribhadra Sūri.—[Cf. Vol. II, P. 210, l. 6]

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Source: HereNow4U: Guna-Sthanas or Fourteen Stages in The Spiritual Evolution of Soul

Guṇasthāna (गुणस्थान).—Sages have the path which leads to salvation into fourteen stages, each of which represents a particular state of development, condition or phase of the soul, arising from the quiescence, elimination, or partial quiescence and partial elimination of certain energies of Karma, and the manifestation of those traits and attributes which are held in check by their activity. The fourteen guṇasthānas classify these attributes and characteristics consistently with the gradual evolution towards the goal.

The fourteen stages of spiritual evolution have been enumerated in verses 9 and 10 of Jīva Kanda of Gommaṭasāra. They are:

  1. mithyātva (delusion),
  2. sāsādana (downfall),
  3. miśra (mixed),
  4. avirata-samyaktva (vow less right belief),
  5. deśa-virata (partial vow),
  6. pramatta-virata (imperfect vow)
  7. apramatta-virata (perfect vow),
  8. apūrava-karaṇa (new thought-activity),
  9. anivṛtti-karaṇa (advanced thought activity),
  10. sūkṣma-samparāya (slightest delusion)
  11. upaśānta-moha (subdued delusion),
  12. kṣīna-moha (delusion less),
  13. sayoga-kevali [Jina] (vibrating omniscient conquerer),
  14. ayoga-kevali (non-vibrating omniscient).
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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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