Mahashilakantaka, Mahāśilākaṇṭaka, Mahashila-kantaka: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Mahāśilākaṇṭaka can be transliterated into English as Mahasilakantaka or Mahashilakantaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Mahāśilākaṇṭaka (महाशिलाकण्टक) refers to a “battle which had big stones and a thorn”, according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita, book 10 chapter 12.—Accordingly, “[...] Indra Camara thought fit to make a battle which had big stones and a thorn,[2] and a second which had a chariot and a mace, leading to victory. In the first a pebble that had fallen would resemble a large stone. The thorn would be superior to a large weapon. In the second the chariot and the mace roam without an operator. [...]”.

Note: Hemacandra’s interpretation of mahāśilākaṇṭaka is different from Abhayadeva’s comentary to the Bhagavatī, according to Hoernle, Uvāsagadasāo, Appendix III, p. 59. Hemacandra makes two separate things: mahāśilā and kaṇṭaka, whereas Abhayadeva takes kaṇṭaka to equal mahāśilā.

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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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