Gurvadatta, Guru-adatta: 1 definition



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Source: Jaina Yoga

Gurvadatta (गुर्वदत्त) refers to “what is not given to the monks”, and represents one of the fourfold classification of adatta (not-given), according to Devagupta’s Nava-pada-prakaraṇa (with Laghu-vṛtti). Example of jīvādatta: “food even though devoid of impurity which is enjoyed without inviting the gurus”.

The classification of adatta is related to the asteya-vrata (vow of not stealing). The Śvetāmbara writers generally preface any discussion of stealing (steya or caurya or more generally adattādana, “the taking of what has not been given”) by fourfold classification of adatta (eg., guru-adatta).

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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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