Maithuna; 6 Definition(s)


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Maithuna (मैथुन, “copulation”) is twofold, relating to the vaikriya and audārika classes and the latter is again divided up into animal and human categories. Under this last head are distinguished: sva-dāra (one’s own wife or concubine), para-dāra (any woman under the authority of another man), and veśyā (a prostitute who is considered to have no owner).

Source: Jaina Yoga

Maithuna (मैथुन, “copulation”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.15, “copulation is unchastity”. What is meant by copulation (maithuna)? It means unchaste (abrahma) or perverted conduct (kuśīla). It is also described as the desire to touch each other (opposite sex) with lust. What is meant by mithuna? The union of male and female is called mithuna. What is meant by maithuna /copulation? The indulgence of man and woman in lustful activity owing to the rise of conducts deluding karmas.

Why copulation (maithuna) is called as unchaste (abrahma)? Copulation devoid of virtues involves injury etc as he who indulges in copulation causes injury to mobile and immobile living beings as well as commits other sins. Therefore copulation is called unchaste.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows
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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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India history and geogprahy

Maithuna.—(SITI), wife's brother; elder sister's husband. Note: maithuna is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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maithuna (मैथुन).—n (S) Copulation, congressus. 2 Union, junction, association.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

maithuna (मैथुन).—n Copulation. Union, association.

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

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Maithuna (मैथुन).—a. (- f.) [मिथुनेन निर्वृत्तम् अण् (mithunena nirvṛttam aṇ)]

1) Paired, coupled; गन्धर्वस्तादृशीरस्य मैथुन्यश्च सितासिताः (gandharvastādṛśīrasya maithunyaśca sitāsitāḥ) Bhāg.4.27.14.

2) United by marriage.

3) Relating to copulation.

-nam 1 Copulation, sexual union; मृतं मैथुनमप्रजम् (mṛtaṃ maithunamaprajam) Pt.2.98.

2) Marriage.

3) Union, connection.

4) Consecrating the fire (agnyādhāna).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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