Iryasamiti, Īryāsamiti, Irya-samiti: 3 definitions


Iryasamiti 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)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Īryāsamiti (ईर्यासमिति) or simply Īryā refers to the “care in walking not to injure any living thing”, and represents one of the five Samiti (“five kinds of carefulness”), according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, in the sermon of Sūri Dharmaghoṣa:—“[...] the gift of supporting dharma (dharmopagrahadāna) is five-fold: purity of giver, receiver, gift, time, and thought. [... ] That gift would have purity of receiver, whose receiver is such a man [who] observes the five kinds of carefulness (samiti) [viz., īryāsamiti], [...]”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows

Īryāsamiti (ईर्यासमिति) refers to “regulation of movement” and forms part of the contemplations of the vow of non-violence (ahiṃsāvrata) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.4.—What is meant by regulation of movement (īryāsamiti)? To walk carefully by cautiously looking four hands ahead so as to avoid injury to others is regulation of movement.

What is the relationship of ‘regulation of movement’ (īryāsamiti) and ‘care in lifting and putting thing’ (ādāna-nikṣepa) with vow of non-violence (ahiṃsāvrata)? To safeguard against physical violence, these two have been associated with the vow of non-violence.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Iryasamiti in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Īryāsamiti (ಈರ್ಯಾಸಮಿತಿ):—[noun] = ಈರ್ಯಾಪಥಶುದ್ಧಿ [iryapathashuddhi].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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