Prashna-vyakarana, Prashnavyakarana, Praśnavyākaraṇa: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Praśnavyākaraṇa can be transliterated into English as Prasnavyakarana or Prashnavyakarana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Prashna-vyakarana in Jainism glossary
Source: HereNow4U: Book of Abstracts

Praśnavyākaraṇa is known to be the tenth canon of the twelve fold aṅgas of the Śvetāmbara sect. The available editions of Praśnavyākaraṇa are dealt with two major aspects of nine categories in Jainism, the influx (of karman–āsrava) and inhibition (of karman-saṃvara). These two aspects are the basis of the theory of the karma in Jainism. Praśnavyākaraṇa is also known in two other terms -Paṇhavāgaraṇadasā or Vāgaraṇadasā.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Praśnavyākaraṇa (प्रश्नव्याकरण) refers to one of the twelve limbs of the internal-corpus (aṅga-praviṣṭa). The Aṅgapraviṣṭa refers to one of the two types of scriptural knowledge (śruta), which refers to one of the five types of knowledge (jñāna). according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.20, “scriptural knowledge (śruta) preceded by sensory knowledge (mati) is of two, or of twelve (e.g., praśna-vyākaraṇa) or of many kinds”.

Source: The Original Paṇhavāyaraṇa/Praśnavyākaraṇa Discovered

Praśnavyākaraṇa (प्रश्नव्याकरण) (Sanskrit; in Prakrit: Paṇhavāgaraṇa) refers to the tenth Anga of the Jain canon, according to the Sthānāṅgasūtra (Sūtra 755).—The Praśnavyākaraṇa deals mainly with various issues concerning divination, for instance, essential and non-essential questions for the purpose of divination. The title of the text itself suggests the same thing: “[Prophetic] Explanation of Queries”. Abhayadeva, in the beginning of his commentary on the current version of the Praśnavyākaraṇa, analyses the title of the text this way: Praśna in the title stands for praśnavidyās, or methods of explaining queries, involving mediums like one’s thumb and so on, for divination purpose. The Praśnavyākaraṇa is thus named, because all these are explained or told here. He further says that this used to be the content of the text in earlier times, but by the time he composed his commentary nothing except explanations on the five types of sins and five types of their consequences were found in the text. This indicates that Abhayadeva himself was aware of the fact that the text he is commenting upon is not the original but a new text.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prashna-vyakarana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Praśnavyākaraṇa (प्रश्नव्याकरण):—[=praśna-vyākaraṇa] [from praśna] n. Name of [work]

[Sanskrit to German]

Prashna-vyakarana 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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