Kshapakashreni, Kṣapakaśreṇi, Kshapaka-shreni: 2 definitions

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Kshapakashreni 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 Kṣapakaśreṇi can be transliterated into English as Ksapakasreni or Kshapakashreni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Kṣapakaśreṇi (क्षपकश्रेणि) refers to the “ladder of annihilating karmas”, according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “[...] the ten thousand Munis who had undertaken fasting, mounted on the kṣapakaśreṇi, all had kevala manifested. After entirely suppressing activity of mind, speech, and body they reached the final abode instantly like the Master. From the Master’s nirvāṇakalyāṇa there was happiness, purifying pain, for a moment even for the nārakas who had never experienced a particle of comfort”.

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ

Kṣapakaśreṇi (क्षपकश्रेणि) refers to a “scale which leads to the elimination of karman”, and represents a Jaina technical term mentioned in the mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—(Glasenapp 1925 p. 86).

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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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