Kilvishika, Kilviṣika: 2 definitions

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Kilvishika 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.

The Sanskrit term Kilviṣika can be transliterated into English as Kilvisika or Kilvishika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Kilviṣika (किल्विषिक).—One of the ten sub-types of gods (devas), according to Jain cosmology. The name can also be spelled as Kilbiṣika. The occupation of the kilviṣikas is to act as outcastes.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)

Kilviṣika (किल्विषिक, “menials”) refers to one of the ten grades (ranks) of celestial beings (deva), according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.4. These celestial beings (devas, gods) are of four orders /classes” and each class of celestial beings has ten grades (e.g., Kilviṣika).

Who are called the attendant (ābhiyogya) and the menials (kilviṣika)? The attendants are servants engaged in serving others in several ways. The menials are the lowest who are engaged in menial tasks. What is meant by kilviṣika? It means demerit or sin.

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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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