Puryashtaka, aka: Puryaṣṭaka; 1 Definition(s)
Puryashtaka means something in 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 Puryaṣṭaka can be transliterated into English as Puryastaka or Puryashtaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Dharmashastra (religious law)
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
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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Search found 6 books and stories containing Puryashtaka or Puryaṣṭaka. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter L - On sensation and the objects of senses < [Book VI - Nirvana prakarana part 1 (nirvana prakarana)]
Chapter XXXII - On the sustentation and dissolution of the body < [Book VI - Nirvana prakarana part 1 (nirvana prakarana)]
Chapter LXXXV - The sage’s samadhi or absorption in the divine spirit < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha (by E. B. Cowell)
Laghu-yoga-vasistha (by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar)
Part 5 - The Story of Arjuna < [Chapter VI - Nirvāṇa-prakaraṇa]
Part 1 - The Story of Ākāśaja or Son of Ākāśa < [Chapter III - Utpatti-prakaraṇa]
Part 9 - The Story of Vīthahavya < [Chapter V - Upaṣānti-prakaraṇa]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 1.55 < [Section XXX - Exit of the Individual Soul]
Verse 1.56 < [Section XXXI - Transmigration of the Individual Soul]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 32 - The description of excellent practice < [Section 7.1 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (1)]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 5 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 4 - Śaiva Philosophy according to Bhoja and his commentators < [Chapter XXXVIII - Śaiva Philosophy in some of the Important texts]