Happiness: 1 definition
Happiness 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.
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General definition (in Jainism)Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections
Happiness cannot be found in Saṃsāra, as discussed in Bhūdhardās’s composition dealing with the twelve reflections (bhāvanā or anuprekṣā), also found in the Tattvārtha-sūtra.—Accordingly, “[all things are impermanent]—King, prince or emperor, an elephant’s mahout: everyone dies someday each at his own time. (1) [there is no shelter] Powerful friends, a goddess or a god, mother, father, family: they can do nothing to stop the soul going at the moment of death. (2) [cycle of rebirth] So poor you cannot meet the cost, you suffer. You are entranced by the desire for wealth. Nowhere in saṃsāra will you find happiness no matter where you look in the world. (3) [...]”.
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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Ends with: Feeling Happiness.
Full-text (+1845): Sukha, Saukhya, Ananda, Mudita, Anandi, Nirvriti, Kushala, Nandathu, Syona, Kshema, Cittaprasannata, Sukhada, Susthata, Sukhavaha, Sugati, Sharman, Sammada, Dishti, Shivatati, Shambhu.
Search found 420 books and stories containing Happiness; (plurals include: Happinesses). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Some Songs I have Sung to Gandhiji < [September 1944]
Tagore's Concept of Death < [October 1958]
Reviews < [March 1940]
Dhammapada (Illustrated) (by Ven. Weagoda Sarada Maha Thero)
Verse 28 - The Story of Monk Mahākassapa < [Chapter 2 - Appamāda Vagga (Heedfulness)]
Verse 131-132 - The Story of Many Youths < [Chapter 10 - Daṇḍa Vagga (Punishment)]
Verse 2 - The Story of Maṭṭakuṇḍali < [Chapter 1 - Yamaka Vagga (Twin Verses)]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 1.3 - The reward of the upāsaka < [Section II.1 - Morality of the lay person or avadātavasana]
III. Exhortations to the practice of the six perfections (pāramitā) < [Part 3 - Establishing beings in the six perfections]
I. Establishing in the six perfections < [Part 3 - Establishing beings in the six perfections]
Garga Samhita (English) (by Danavir Goswami)
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