Pudgala: 8 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Pudgala (पुद्गल) or Aṣṭapudgala refers to the “eight persons” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 102). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., pudgala). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary
1. Pudgala [puggala] an individual, self. Pudgala stands for an individual entity as opposed to a group. It signifies a sentient being who is a mere combination of material as well as mental processes. According to one etymology, human beings are called pudgala-s because they have to undergo afflictions in hell due to their evil actions. [Pun ti vuccati nirayo tasmin galantīti puggalā.]
2. A person, in the everyday sense of an individual.
3. The concept of personhood, particularly in the philosophical sense of an enduring self similar to (but not quite the same as) the eternal soul (ātman), which Buddhism denies.See pudgala-vāda.Source: Scribd: The Literature of the Pudgalavadins
Pudgala is the essential factor that unifies a person's life processes, It appropriates and sustains a body for a certain amount of time, and constitutes the same person from conception to death, and then extends through other lives.
The pudgala is like a single person wearing different outfits. It is the pudgala that constitutes the person who carries a certain name, lives a certain time, suffers or enjoys the consequences of its acts.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: WikiPedia: Jainism
1. In Buddhism, Pudgala means the entity that reincarnates as an individual or person, i.e., the bundle of tendencies that keeps an individual reincarnating until they attain enlightenment.
2. In Jainism, Pudgala (or Pudgalāstikāya) is one of the six Dravyas, or aspects of reality that fabricate the world we live in.
The six dravyas include the jiva and the fivefold divisions of ajiva (non-living) category:
- dharma (motion),
- adharma (rest),
- akasha (space),
- pudgala (matter)
- and kala (time).
Pudgala, like other dravyas except kala is called astikaya in the sense that it occupies space.Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 5: The category of the non-living
Pudgala (पुद्गल, “matter”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 5.5.—Things which have form (rūpī) constitute matter (pudgala). Why matter is called pudgala? Pud means combine and gala means to separate. The main attribute of matter is its ability to combine and separate (fusion and fission) to form clusters. Matter (pudgala) is with form (mūrtika or rūpī). How do we know it? Existence and activities of matter in the universe are perceptible by sense organs. Hence it is called with form or just concrete.
According to Tattvārthasūtra 5.10, what is matter (pudgala)? An entity which has fusion and fission (combining and separating) as its primary attributes and which is concrete is called matter. What are the popular attributes of matter? Touch, taste, smell and colour are the popular attributes of mater.
According to Tattvārthasūtra 5.23.—“The forms of matter (pudgala) are characterized by touch (sparśa), taste (rasa), smell (gandha) and colour (varṇa)”. What is the meaning of matter (pudgala) substance? An entity which has touch, taste, smell and form /colour as its attributes is called matter.
According to Tattvārthasūtra 5.25.—How many types of matter (pudgala) are there? They are of two types namely sub-atom (paramāṇu) and aggregate /molecule (skandha). What is the meaning of a sub-atom? The smallest indivisible part with one space point is its volume is called sub-atom. What is the meaning of aggregate /molecule (skandha)? An entity formed by combining two, three or more sub-atoms is called an aggregate.
What is the difference between a sub-atom (paramāṇu) and an aggregate/molecule (skandha)? They are both matter. Sub-atoms are characterized by touch, taste, smell and colour. Molecules on the other hand are characterized by modes of matter such as sound (śabda), union (bandha), fineness (sukṣmapanā), grossness (sthūlapanā), shape (saṃsthāna), divisions (bheda), darkness (andhakāra), shadow (chāyā), warm light (ātapa), cool light (udyota).
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Pudgala (पुद्गल).—a. Beautiful, lovely, handsome.
-laḥ 1 Atom (paramāṇuḥ) पुद्गलाः परमाणवः (pudgalāḥ paramāṇavaḥ) Śrīdhara.
2) The body, matter; A. Rām.3.2.28.
3) The soul.
4) The Ego or individual.
6) An epithet of Śiva.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Pudgala (पुद्गल).—m., often written puṃgala (so regularly in LV, ŚsP, e.g. 4.1, and mss. of Mv, also Mmk 108.23; 112.19 etc.; RP 19.2; this writing also occurs in Sanskrit, see BR, and Tedesco, JAOS 67.172 ff., who rightly observes that the word is essentially Buddh. and Jain, and offers an etym. which does not convince me; another reading found in Mv mss. is puṅgava, a Sanskrit word which may have influenced the form with nasal, puṃgala; = Pali puggala; see also aprati-pu°, niṣ-pu°), = Sanskrit puruṣa, person, man, creature, soul (often in the latter sense = ātman, esp. in niṣ-pu°): SP 120.7; LV 103.14; 420.10; 423.13; 439.2; Mv i.4.2 (Senart always prints pudgala, contrary to most or all his mss. puṃg°); 47.2, 8; 80.13; 119.14; 142.4; 163.18; Bbh 46.22; Śikṣ 236.15 (puruṣo vā pudgalo vā); Ud xiii.14; Mvy 4674; 7028; ŚsP 4.1 etc.; Mmk 108.23; 112.19 etc.; catvāra ime…pudgalā bodhisattvena na sevitavyāḥ RP 18.17 (wicked persons, listed in sequel; here text repeatedly pudgala but in 19.2 puṃgala); puṃgalādhyāśaya (Senart em. pudga°) Mv i.85.10; 88.12, 14, acc. to Senart, Introd. xxviii note, (inclinations) tournées vers la grande personnalité (i.e. the Buddha), which seems to me doubtful; rather = Sanskrit ātma-, with self-determined (-directed, -controlled ?) dispositions; catvāraḥ pudgalāḥ Mvy 2968—72 (as in Pali, Puggala-paññatti 51 f. same terms in Pali form), tamas (separate word) tamaḥpa- [Page347-b+ 71] rāyaṇaḥ, tamo jyotiṣparā°, jyotis tamaḥpara°, jyotir jyotiṣparā°, i.e. one who is in a low state of existence and does evil (tending to still lower states), ditto but does good, who is in a good state but does evil, ditto and does good; eight pudgala Mv i.291.16 = Pali Khp. 6.6, on which comm. 182.11 f. says, te hi cattāro ca paṭipannā (viz. the four just listed above) cattāro ca phale ṭhitā (i.e. as reaping the fruits of their good or evil courses) ti aṭṭha honti.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Beautiful, handsome, of a handsome form or figure. 2. Having form or property. m.
(-laḥ) 1. The body. 2. The soul. 3. An atom. 4. An epithet of Siva. E. pūra what fills, and gala what decays, deriv. irr.
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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A study of the philosophy of Jainism (by Deepa Baruah)
Chapter V.a - Bondage (bandha) and its causes < [Chapter V - Bondage and Liberation]
Chapter V.c - Prabhācandra’s refutation of Bauddha and Sāṃkhya view of Karman < [Chapter V - Bondage and Liberation]
Chapter III.d - Division of jaina categories or substances < [Chapter III - Categories]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 18 - Dharma, Adharma, Akāśa < [Chapter VI - The Jaina Philosophy]
Part 17 - Pudgala < [Chapter VI - The Jaina Philosophy]
Part 10 - The Schools of Theravada Buddhism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 349 < [Chapter 7 - Doctrine of the Self (ātman, ‘soul’)]
Verse 337 < [Chapter 7 - Doctrine of the Self (ātman, ‘soul’)]
Verse 347 < [Chapter 7 - Doctrine of the Self (ātman, ‘soul’)]
Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
Part 1 - Question by monk Nirgranthīputra < [Chapter 8]
Part 1 - On the transformation of matter < [Chapter 1]
Part 7 - Time taken by matter of sound to retransform < [Chapter 7]
Brahma Sutras (Vedanta Sutras) (by George Thibaut)
The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux (by Satkari Mookerjee)
Chapter XII - The Soul-theory of the Vātsīputrīyas < [Part I - Metaphysics]