Nama-shravaka, Nāma-śrāvaka, Nama-sravaka: 1 definition


Nama-shravaka 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 Nāma-śrāvaka can be transliterated into English as Nama-sravaka or Nama-shravaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Jaina Yoga

Nāmaśrāvaka (नामश्रावक) refers to one of the four categories of a śrāvaka (layman), according to Dharma-ratna-prakaraṇa by Śānti Sūri. Nāma-śrāvaka refers to one who is a Jaina in name only, just as a poor slave may bear the appellation of a god. The śrāvaka is one who listens (śṛṇoti), or one who has recourse to faith (śraddhālutāṃ śrāti), or one whose sins flow away from him (śravanti yasya pāpāni).

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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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