Niskanksha, Niṣkāṅkṣā, Nishkanksha: 3 definitions

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Niskanksha means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Niṣkāṅkṣā can be transliterated into English as Niskanksa or Nishkanksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga

Niṣkāṅkṣā (निष्काङ्क्षा, “desirelessness”) or Niḥkāṅkṣā 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). For Samantabhadra, in his Ratna-Karaṇḍa-śrāvakācāra, niṣkāṅkṣā means the absence of desire for pleasure which is finite, sinful, and attended by sorrows. Cāmuṇḍarāya and Amṛtacandra in his Puruṣārthasiddhyupāya, interpret niṣkāṅkṣā either as lack of craving for the enjoyment of sensual pleasures in this or in a subsequent life, or else as absence of interest in false creeds. Somadeva, in his Yaśastilaka, elaborates the same explanations remarking that to exchange samyaktva for the joys of the world is like bartering a ruby for buttermilk.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Niṣkāṅkṣa (निष्काङ्क्ष).—adj. [bahuvrīhi] (see kāṅkṣā), free from doubt or uncertainty: °kṣo Divyāvadāna 619.25; °kṣa-prāptā puruṣarṣa- bhatve Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 130.2 (verse), become (see s.v. prāpta) free from doubt in regard to becoming Lords of Men (Buddhas).

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

Niṣkāṅkṣa (निष्काङ्क्ष):—[=niṣ-kāṅkṣa] [from niṣ > niḥ] mfn. free from doubts, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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