Mohashastra, Mohaśāstra, Moha-shastra: 6 definitions


Mohashastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Mohaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Mohasastra or Mohashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mohashastra in Shaivism glossary
Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (Shaivism)

Mohaśāstra (मोहशास्त्र) refers to “deluding scriptures”.—[...] Appaya does not provide an elaborate justification for his claim except for the fact that it is well known (prasiddha) that the Pāñcarātra is a deluding teaching (mohaśāstra). This argument based on mere prasiddhi is obviously weak, and does not engage critically with the Śrīvaiṣṇava position. Appaya also seems to find it unnecessary to engage with Yāmuna’s lengthy counter-argument in the Āgamaprāmāṇya, of which he was probably aware, which militates against the view that Vāsudeva uttered the Pāñcarātra in order to deceive certain people. The next objection deals with statements from the Mahābhārata, and others, that praise Pāñcarātra and thus implicitly admit its authority. This objection has broad implications and calls for a careful hermeneutical treatment. If Appaya admits the truth of such statements, he must concede that the Pāñcarātra is authoritative and explain away other smṛti statements that condemn its teachings; if he admits their falsity, he is bound to reject the authority of the Mahābhārata and others.—(cf. Vyavasthā)

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mohashastra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mohaśāstra (मोहशास्त्र).—a false doctrine or precept.

Derivable forms: mohaśāstram (मोहशास्त्रम्).

Mohaśāstra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms moha and śāstra (शास्त्र).

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

Mohaśāstra (मोहशास्त्र):—[=moha-śāstra] [from moha] n. false doctrine, [Kūrma-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Mohashastra 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

[«previous next»] — Mohashastra in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mōhaśāstra (ಮೋಹಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ):—[noun] any study which is not based on right approach, that leads to ignorance.

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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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