Impurity: 3 definitions
Impurity means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Purity and Impurity are key elements in Tantric ritual practice. Where the orthodox Brahmin performs the rituals in order to retain purity, the Tantric transgresses purity. The latter's participation in rituals that use substances deemed impure, such as meat, fish, human blood, or skulls, is an important characteristic of Tantric practice. [...] The Kaula's apparent non-Vedic, heterodox rituals redefined impurity as the state of bondage and ignorance. Here, impurity and purity become illusory categories that bar the individual from the recognition of the divine. Rather the focus on the pure-impure dichotomy, the practitioner is to abolish all distinctions between the two. Flood (2003, p. 215) explains the connection between the monarchy and the kāpālika-like practices.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
Impurity (of the body).—contemplation of the: s. asubha, sīvathikā.
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).
General definition (in Jainism)
Impurity (of the body) (in Sanskrit: aśucitva) refers to one of the “(twelve) reflections” (bhāvanā), according to Śubhacandra’s Jñānārṇava.—The human body is filthy, reprehensible, full of impurity, produced from semen and ovaries, and contemptible. How can it be praised when it is filled with blood, flesh and fat, has a skeleton of slender bones, is bound with tendons and has a bad odour? The body continually discharges putrid smells from its nine orifices, is innately perishable and dependent on other things (e.g. food and water, etc.). [...] How could the body be the source of pleasure when it has a skeleton of bones, is covered with a mass of skin, filled with the smells of a stinking corpse and subject to disease?
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+1009): Ashauca, Mala, Sutaka, Sutyashauca, Shavashauca, Ashuddhi, Mritashauca, Aghaha, Kalusa, Malinya, Agha, Ripravaha, Lepa, Kayasuci, Drishtiputa, Sthalashuddhi, Brahmaghola, Angaprayashcitta, Amtarmalina, Asuci.
Search found 232 books and stories containing Impurity; (plurals include: Impurities). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Cidgaganacandrika (study) (by S. Mahalakshmi)
Part 5 - Three Malas (impurities) < [Philosophy of Kashmir Tantric System]
Part 2a - Trika Philosophy (Introduction) < [Krama system and Trika school]
Verse 289 [Thirty-six Tattvas and the Seven Pramātās] < [Chapter 4 - Fourth Vimarśa]
Expiatory Rites in Keralite Tantra (by T. S. Syamkumar)
1.5. Expiatory Rites In Rauravāgama < [Chapter 2 - Expiatory Rites in Āgamic Literature]
3.2. Expiatory Rites in Kalaśacandrikā < [Chapter 3 - Expiatory Rites in Kerala Tantric Ritual Manuals]
5.1. Concept of Impurity in Dharmaśāstras and Kerala Tantra < [Chapter 4 - Socio-Cultural aspects of Expiatory Rites]
Yoga-sutras (Ancient and Modern Interpretations) (by Makarand Gopal Newalkar)
Sūtra 2.28 [Aṣṭāṅgayoga] < [Book II - Sādhana-pāda]
Sūtra 4.31 < [Book IV - Kaivalya-pāda]
Sūtra 2.43 < [Book II - Sādhana-pāda]
Vaisheshika-sutra with Commentary (by Nandalal Sinha)
Sūtra 6.2.4 (Upadhā and anupadhā explained) < [Chapter 2 - Of the Production of Dharma and A-dharma]
Sūtra 6.2.5 (What objects are pure or holy) < [Chapter 2 - Of the Production of Dharma and A-dharma]
Sūtra 6.1.7 (Impure explained) < [Chapter 1 - Of Vedic Duties]
The Agni Purana (by N. Gangadharan)
Chapter 246 - The testing of Gems (ratna-parīkṣā)
Chapter 23 - Mode of performing worship
Chapter 156 - Purification of things (dravya-śuddhi)
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 3416-3418 < [Chapter 26 - Examination of the ‘Person of Super-normal Vision’]
Verse 2748-2749 < [Chapter 24b - Arguments against the reliability of the Veda (the Revealed Word)]
Verse 3344 < [Chapter 26 - Examination of the ‘Person of Super-normal Vision’]
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