Jalavat, Jālavat: 3 definitions


Jalavat means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Jalavat (जलवत्) refers to “(that which is like) water”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Truly, life perishes exceedingly quickly like water lying in the hand [com.kara-sthita-jalavat—‘like water resting on the hand’] [and] youth perishes like snow passes from the petal of a lotus”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jālavat (जालवत्).—a.

1) Furnished with a net, reticulated.

2) Covered with iron network.

3) Cunning, deceptive (māyāvin).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Jalavat (जलवत्):—[=jala-vat] [from jala] mfn. abounding in water, [Mahābhārata xii, 3694.]

2) Jālavat (जालवत्):—[=jāla-vat] [from jāla] mfn. furnished with a net, [Suśruta i, 23, 7] (ifc.), [Kathāsaritsāgara lx]

3) [v.s. ...] covered with iron net-work, [Mahābhārata vi, 747]

4) [v.s. ...] furnished with lattice-windows, [Raghuvaṃśa vii, 5]

5) [v.s. ...] cunning, deceptive, [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad iii, 1]

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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 (even English!). 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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