Jighatsita: 2 definitions


Jighatsita means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Jighatsita in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Jighatsita (जिघत्सित, “hunger”) refers to those “who are hungry and thirsty”.—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), “then, amongst the beings of the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadāthu, those who were hungry and thirsty (jighatsita) had their bowls filled”. Why are they hungry and thirsty? Answer. – As a result of scarcity of merits (puṇya). In previous existences (pūrvajanma) there was no cause (hetu) and in the present existence (ihajanma) there is no condition (pratyaya) for hunger and thirst. Furthermore, people who, in their previous lifetimes, have stolen food from the Buddhas, the arhats, the pratyekabuddhas, their relatives or their families, will be hungry and thirsty because of the gravity of this fault even if they are living during the golden age of a Buddha.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Jighatsita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Jighatsita (जिघत्सित).—adj. (ppp. of jighatsati, desid. to ghas-; Sanskrit jighatsu, [Boehtlingk and Roth] 5.1444; = Pali jighacchita), hungry: Mahāvyutpatti 6306 (see s.v. pūrṇagātra); 7328 (v.l. and Mironov jighāṃsita, see next; precedes pipāsitaḥ); °tā bhojana mārgamānā(ḥ) Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 84.12 (verse); °tānāṃ ca sattvānām agraṃ varabhojanaṃ dadāti Śikṣāsamuccaya 274.7 (prose). See next.

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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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