Sadacara, Sadācāra: 17 definitions


Sadacara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Sadachara.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam

Sadācāra (सदाचार) refers to the “right way of living”, according to Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam 11.24.—“If anybody practises this (right way of living) duly, according to rules, Śrī Mahāmāyā Durgā Devī becomes pleased with him”. If anybody desires to get the Devī Bhagavatī’s Grace, he should first of all set himself at once to practise this Sadācāra.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Sadācāra (सदाचार) refers to “right conduct”, according to texts such as the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Despite the so-called transgressive modalities of Kaula rites, the Kulārṇavatantra unambiguously preaches the observance of the precepts. There the god instructs clearly that: “the cause of Kuladharma, O Kuleśvarī, is not consecration, not mantra, not study of the scripture and the like; it is right conduct (sadācāra)”. Carrying out the teacher's command is the disciple’s duty and service to him is worship. One should practice Kaula ritual in accord with the teacher’s command

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sadācāra (सदाचार).—(Good conduct). General information. Each country has good customary practices of its own. A man with good habits or behaviour is considered as having conquered the two worlds. The sound 'Sat' denotes 'Sādhus.' Sādhus are those who are without any bad conduct or behaviour. The habits and practices of the Sādhus are called Sadācāra. The Saptarṣis, (the seven hermits), the Prajāpatis (Lords of all creatures) and Manus (the fathers of men), were persons who were careful to keep up the good practices. Once the hermit Aurva advised Sagara, what the good usages of the people of Bhārata ought to be. The laws of good conduct according to hermit Aurva are given below: (See full article at Story of Sadācāra from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sadācāra (सदाचार) refers to “good conduct”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.13, “A Brahmin endowed with strict adherence to good conduct (sadācāra) is perfectly wise. A Brahmin learned in Vedas and of good conduct is called a Vipra. A Brahmin endowed with only one of these two is a mere Dvija. A Brahmin following some of the prescribed rules of conduct and with a smattering of the Vedas is a Kṣatriya Brahmin, at best a royal servant. Very careless in following the rules of conduct the Brahmin is really a Vaiśya Brahmin. One engaged in agriculture and trading activities is also likewise. A Brahmin ploughing the field himself is a Śūdra Brahmin. One of envious and spiteful temperament is a degraded Dvija [...] It must be known that bad conduct leads to misery and good conduct (sadācāra) to happiness. Hence it is the duty of everyone to acquire virtue for the sake of worldly enjoyment as well as salvation”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Google Books: On the Social Aspects of Vīraśaivism

Sadācāra (सदाचार) refers to one of the five principles of conduct (pañcācāra).—The Pañcācāra are liṅgācāra, sadācāra, śivācāra, gaṇācāra, and bhṛtyācāra.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Sadācāra (सदाचार) refers to:—Virtuous conduct. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Sadācāra (सदाचार):—Well behaviour.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sadācāra (सदाचार).—m (S) Good and right conduct or behaviour. 2 A good or proper practice, usage, fashion, custom. 3 The traditionary observances of the Hindu castes, as preserved in the land lying betwixt the rivers sarasvatī & dvaṣadvatī.

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sadācāra (सदाचार).—a S pop. sadācārī a That walks or behaves rightly or well; of correct deportment or demeanour.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sadācāra (सदाचार).—m Good and right conduct; a good practice.

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sadācāra (सदाचार) [-rī, -री].—a That behaves rightly; of correct department.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sadācāra (सदाचार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. The traditionary observances of the Hindu castes, as preserved in the land lying between the Saraswati and Drishadwati rivers. 2. Virtuous conduct. E. sat pure, virtuous, and ācāra observance.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sadācāra (सदाचार).—1. [masculine] good conduct or observance.

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Sadācāra (सदाचार).—2. [adjective] well-conducted, virtuous.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Sadācāra (सदाचार) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[dharma] B. 3, 136.

2) Sadācāra (सदाचार):—[dharma] Rgb. 261.

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

1) Sadācāra (सदाचार):—[=sad-ācāra] [from sad > sat] m. practice of good men, virtuous conduct, good manners, approved usage, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

3) [v.s. ...] mf(ā)n. well-conducted, virtuous, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Rājataraṅgiṇī] etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sadācāra (सदाचार):—[sadā+cāra] (raḥ) 1. m. Traditionary observances; virtuous conduct.

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Sadacara 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sadācāra (सदाचार) [Also spelled sadachar]:—(nm) morality, virtuous/moral conduct, rectitude; ~[ritā] morality, moral conduct; virtuousness, rectitude; ~[] righteous, moral; virtuous man, moralist; hence ~[riṇī] (feminine form).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sadācāra (ಸದಾಚಾರ):—

1) [noun] good behaviour; virtuous conduct.

2) [noun] one of the five religious practices, in which one observes truthfulness and deals with all beings with detached discrimination.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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