Nihshankita, Niḥśaṅkitā, Niḥśaṅkita: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Niḥśaṅkitā and Niḥśaṅkita can be transliterated into English as Nihsankita or Nihshankita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: HereNow4U: Social Implication of Enlightened World View

Niḥśaṅkitā (निःशङ्किता) refers to “freedom from doubt” and represents one of the eight aṅgas (requirements), needed for attaining the right faith. Firm belief in ones goal is the basic milestone for attaining that goal. Unwavering faith only can work like a miracle because firm faith leads to personal commitment for achieving that goal and gives us boldness to face the challenges incoming while proceeding towards the aimed goal.

The first limb (aṅga) is called niḥśaṅkitā, freedom from doubt. Doubt is a fundamental obstacle in the path of success in all walks of life. This dominant doubt obstacle is foremost in the path of liberation too. Pūjyapāda in his Sarvārthasiddhi text cites that the person who is doubtful regarding the threefold path of liberation, whether right faith, right knowledge can lead towards liberation or by merely observing right-conduct one can attain liberation. In this way, to accept one-sided view as a whole is saṃśaya and it will lead a person nowhere.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 7: The Five Vows

Niḥśaṅkita (निःशङ्कित) refers to one of the eight limbs of samyagdṛṣṭi (“right faith”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 7.23.—Niḥśaṅkita means “absence of doubt in the variety of the tenets propounded by the Jina in part or as whole”.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Niḥśaṅkita (निःशङ्कित).—[adjective] = niḥśaṅka.

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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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