Puryashtaka, aka: Puryaṣṭaka; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Puryaṣṭaka can be transliterated into English as Puryastaka or Puryashtaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Puryaṣṭaka (पुर्यष्टक):—When the Individual Soul (Jīva) thus emerges out of the Supreme Self (which is the Soul of all things), it assumes, by virtue of its past Virtue and Vice, a form known by the name ‘Puryaṣṭaka’ ; and this is the ‘subtle body,’ which serves as the clothing of the Individual Soul. This has been thus declared in the Purāṇa—‘He becomes united with the Puryaṣṭaka-form, which is known as Prāṇa (Life); when bound up with this, he is in bondage, and when freed from it, he is released.’

The ‘puryaṣṭaka,’ ‘eight-fold’ frame consists of the five life-breaths,—Prāṇa, Apāna, Samāna, Udāna and Vyāna—the Group consisting of the five organs of sensation, the Group consisting of the five organs of action, and the Mind as the eighth.

This body is not destroyed, until the condition of Final Release is attained. This is thus stated (in Sāṅkhyakārikā 40)—‘What migrates is the subtle body, which is devoid of feeling, but invested with tendencies.’

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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