Mohaniya, Mohanīya: 13 definitions


Mohaniya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mohaniya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mohanīya (मोहनीय) refers to “that which should be deluded”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.4 (“The Tripuras are initiated).—Accordingly, as Sanatkumāra narrated to Vyāsa: “Saying this he recited the main tenet in the deceptive philosophy—‘Heaven and hell are functioning here itself’.—Remembering the lotus-like feet of Śiva, Viṣṇu told him again.—‘These Asuras, the residents of the three cities, shall be deluded (mohanīya). O intellegent one, they shall be initiated by you. They shall be taught strenuously. At my bidding you will incur no sin on that account’. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Mohanīya (मोहनीय, “deluding”) or Mohanīyakarma refers to one of the eight types of karma, according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.1.—What is the meaning of deluding (mohanīya) karmas? The karmas which make the soul intoxicated like the alcohol. The soul looses its right discriminating capabilities. What is meant by karma? The entities /activities which veil the inherent nature of the soul or make it dependent on others are called karmas.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas

Mohanīya (मोहनीय) refers to “deluding (karmas)” and represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8.—Accordingly, “what is meant by deluding karma (mohanīya)? The karmas which cause distraction from the self and develop a feeling of ‘mine’ in others are called deluding karmas”.

There are two types of deluding karmas (mohanīya):

  1. faith deluding (darśana-mohanīya),
  2. conduct deluding (cāritra-mohanīya). 

How many sub types of faith deluding karmas are there? The three sub types of faith deluding karmas are: wrong belief (mithyātva), mixed wrong and right belief (samyaktva) and right belief slightly clouded by wrong belief (samyaktva-mithyātva). How many sub types of conduct deluding karmas are there? These karmas are mainly of two types namely caused by passions (kaṣāya) and those caused by quasi passions (nokaṣāya or akaṣāya). 

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Mohanīya (मोहनीय) or simply Moha refers to “delusion”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “The world is similar to an illusion, like a black ointment of delusion [com.mohanīya-kajjalavat] for the senses. With regard to this, we do not know why this world goes astray”.

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Mohanīya (मोहनीय) or Mohanīyakarma refers to “30 causes of deluding karma”, according to chapter 9 of the Daśāśrutaskandha, as detailed in manuscripts included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The ultimate canonical source for the exposition of the 30 causes of deluding karma (mohanīyakarma) is the ninth chapter of the Daśāśrutaskandha (Cf. W. Schubring, Drei Cheda-Sūtras, hamburg, 1966, pp. 19-22). [...]

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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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mohaniya in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mohanīya : (adj.) leading to infatuation.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mohanīya (मोहनीय).—a.

1) Relating to or causing swoon, delusion &c.

2) Perplexing, puzzling.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mohanīya (मोहनीय).—[adjective] producing or relating to illusion.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mohanīya (मोहनीय):—[from moha] mfn. ‘to be deluded’, resulting from illusion or error or infatuation, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] producing delusion, bewildering, puzzling, [ib.; Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Mohanīya (मोहनीय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mohaṇijja.

[Sanskrit to German]

Mohaniya in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mōhanīya (ಮೋಹನೀಯ):—

1) [adjective] resulting from illusion or error or infatuation.

2) [adjective] baffling; confusing; bewildering.

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Mōhanīya (ಮೋಹನೀಯ):—

1) [noun] the result of illusion or error or infatuation.

2) [noun] the state of being baffled, confused; bewilderment.

3) [noun] (jain.) one of eight Karmas that bind the a being to the worldly life.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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