Hetuka; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1a) Hetuka (हेतुक).—A Bhairava in the Kiricakra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 81; 34. 62.

1b) The śaktis in the last parva of the Kiricakra; best of Bhairavas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 78.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Hetuka or roots are:

  1. lobha,
  2. dosa,
  3. moha,
  4. alobha,
  5. adosa, and
  6. amoha.
Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

'cause', condition, reason; (Abhidhamma) root-condition. In sutta usage it is almost synonymous with paccaya, 'condition', and often occurs together with it ('What is the cause, what is the condition', ko hetu ko paccayo).

In Abhidhamma, it denotes the wholesome and unwholesome roots (mūla, q.v.). In that sense, as 'root-condition' (hetu-paccaya; s. paccaya), it is the first of the 24 conditions given in the introduction to the Patthāna (s. Guide, p. 117). The Dhs (1052-1082) and Patthāna (Duka-patth; Guide, p. 144) have sections on roots (hetu). - The term is also used (a) for the classification of consciousness, as sa-hetuka and a-hetuka, with and without concomitant root-conditions; (b) for a division of rebirth consciousness into ahetuka, dvihetuka and tihetuka, without, with 2, or with 3 root-conditions (s. patisandhi).

Ahetuka-ditthi, the false view of the uncausedness of existence; s. ditthi.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

A root (hetu or mula) gives a firm support to the citta and cetasikas it arises together with.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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hetu : (m.) cause; reason; condition.

-- or --

hetuka : (adj.) connected with a cause.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Hetuka, (adj.) (-°) (fr. hetu) connected with a cause, causing or caused, conditioned by, consisting in Mhvs 1, 45 (maṇi-pallaṅka°); Dhs.1009 (pahātabba°); VbhA.17 (du°, ti°). usually as sa° and (with & without a moral condition) A.I, 82; Vism.454 sq.; Dukp 24 sq. sa° Dhs.1073 (trsln “having root-conditions as concomitants”); Kvu 533 (“accompanied by moral conditions”); S.III, 210 (°vāda, as a “diṭṭhi”); Vism.450. (Page 733)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hetuka (हेतुक).—a.

1) Causing, producing (at the end of comp.).

2) Destined for.

-kaḥ 1 A cause, reason.

2) An instrument.

3) A logician; Ms.12.111.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Hetuka (हेतुक).—adj. or subst. (compare AMg. heuya, adj., causal), causal, or (= hetu) cause: °kās trayaḥ saṃjñā(ḥ) LV 374.11 (verse), the three false notions which are causal, or causes (= hetu); see s.v. saṃjñā 4.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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