Kanksha, aka: Kāṅkṣā; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kāṅkṣā can be transliterated into English as Kanksa or Kanksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Kāṅkṣā (काङ्क्षा, “desire”) refers to an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the aticāra heading, according to various Jain authors. Kāṅkṣā again, like the preceding aticāra (śaṅka), will tarnish samyaktva but not eradicate it. It is generally held to imply a hankering for other doctrines than Jainism, for one particular one if it is partial and for all in general if it is total (Yogaśāstra 2.17). Such a desire may be provoked by hearing that the Buddhists, for example, put no restriction on eating and drinking or bathing or easy living. It is wrong—in fact it amounts to a nidāna—to cherish such purely material desires as to be handsome, or to have many sons, or to be reborn as a king, seeing in them a recompense for adherence to the right faith.

The aticāras of samyaktva (eg., Kāṅkṣā) may virtually, if the fourth and fifth of them which are closely related are merged together, be equated with the first four doṣas. Both aticāras and doṣas represent the negation of the aṅgas. Pūjyapāda holds that it is in any event unnecessary to have eight aticāras corresponding to the eight aṅgas as the fourth and fifth—para-pāṣaṇḍi-praśaṃsā and para-pāṣaṇḍi-saṃstava—are elastic and comprehensive.


Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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kāṅkṣā (कांक्षा).—f S Wish, inclination, desire. 2 An objection started or a question proposed. 3 Doubting or a doubt. 4 A fancy or phantasy; a wild opinion or empty notion.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāṅkṣā (कांक्षा).—f A doubt; an objection started. Wish, inclination, desire.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāṅkṣā (काङ्क्षा).—[-kāṅkṣ-a]

1) Wish, desire.

2) Inclination, appetite; as in भक्तकाङ्क्षा (bhaktakāṅkṣā). प्रेषितो चाऽपि रामेण सीतान्वेषण- काङ्क्षया (preṣito cā'pi rāmeṇa sītānveṣaṇa- kāṅkṣayā) Rām.5.42.15.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kāṅkṣā (काङ्क्षा).—(also °ṣa-, m. or nt.? = Pali kaṅkhā; in Sanskrit only meaning desire; compare prec. and next; this word and [Page175-b+ 71] relatives are also used as in Sanskrit, tho much less commonly, compare dharmakāṅkṣā, desire for dh°, SP 258.6; kāṅkṣiṇo, desirous, LV 399.8), doubt: °ṣāṃ tatha saṃśayaṃ ca SP 49.1 (verse); very common, e.g. SP 61.8 (°ṣāṃ ca śokaṃ ca jahāti); 125.12; 223.1; 337.2; LV 87.13; 370.16; Mvy 2129 (foll. by vimati; so also Divy 297.28; 328.1; RP 57.19; Gv 4.26; 32.25; Sukh 37.12 etc.; so often Pali kaṅkhā with vimati); Mv i.162.7 (here v.l. kāṅkhā); ii.308.19; 374.11; 390.23; iii.55.11; 394.16 (misprinted ka°); Divy 573.5; RP 12.10; Bhad 54; niḥkāṅkṣa (niṣk°), free from doubt, Mvy 364; SP 63.8; 70.11; 71.5; tīrṇa- kāṅkṣa, id., Mv iii.61.7; 62.12; Divy 617.14; Av i.233.5; apparently a-stem, m. or nt. (if not misprint or error of tradition), RP 8.10 (prose!) kāṅkṣa-prahāṇaṃ, riddance of doubt.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Kāṅkṣā (काङ्क्षा).—f.

(-ṅkṣā) Wish, inclination, desire. E. kākṣi to wish, ac and ṭāp affs.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English 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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