Nihshanka, Niḥśaṅka: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Niḥśaṅka can be transliterated into English as Nihsanka or Nihshanka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Jaina Yoga

Niḥśaṅka (निःशङ्क) means “freedom from fear” and refers to an aspect of samyaktva (right belief) classified under the aṅga heading, according to various Jain authors (eg., Pūjyapāda, Samantabhadra, Cāmuṇḍarāya, Somadeva and Amṛtacandra). This meaning is preferred by Samantabhadra (Ratna-karaṇḍa-śrāvakācāra verse 1.2), who sees in it a determination “rigid as the temper of steel” to follow the path of righteousness, and by Cāmuṇḍarāya, who lists the seven types of fear (bhaya) in his Caritrasāra.

Amṛtacandra (Puruṣārthasiddhyupāya 23), however, prefers to interpret niḥśaṅka as freedom from doubt about the truths proclaimed by the Jina. Somadeva offers both explanations: doubt, in his view, would mean an inability to choose between one doctrine and another, one vow andanother, and one divinity and another.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

niḥśaṅka (निःशंक).—See niśśaṅka.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Niḥśaṅka (निःशङ्क).—a. Free from fear, careless, secure.

-ṅkam ind. Fearlessly, easily; निःशङ्कं दीयते लोकैः पश्य भस्मचये पदम् (niḥśaṅkaṃ dīyate lokaiḥ paśya bhasmacaye padam).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Niḥśaṅka (निःशङ्क).—mfn.

(-ṅkaḥ-ṅkā-ṅkaṃ) Fearless. E. nir and śaṅkā apprehension.

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

Niḥśaṅka (निःशङ्क).—[adjective] fearless, not afraid of (—°), confident; °— & [neuter] [adverb]

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Niḥśaṅkā (निःशङ्का).—[feminine] fearlessness; [instrumental] = [preceding] [adverb]

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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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