Sadgati, Shash-gati, Ṣaḍgati, Sad-gati: 6 definitions


Sadgati means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Ṣaḍgati can be transliterated into English as Sadgati or Shadgati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ṣaḍgati (षड्गति) refers to the “six destinies”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVI.—Accordingly, “once the Buddha disappeared, the old sūtras were broadly disseminated; having been propagated for five hundred years, today they present many differences (viśeṣa) and the various schools do not agree; some assert five destinies (pañcagati), others assert six (ṣaḍgati). Those who accept five destinies are modifying the Buddhist sūtras as a result, and they assume five destinies (pañcagati); those who accept six destinies are modifying the text of the Buddhist sūtras as a result and are accepting six destinies. Moreover, in the Mahāyāna, the Fa-houa king (Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra) speaks of “beings distributed in the six destinies”, and from the viewpoint of the real meaning (abhiprāya) of the texts, there must be six destinies (ṣaḍgati)”.


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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sadgati (सद्गति).—f (S Good passage or ultimate condition.) Happy state or allotment as attained by a creature in the birth or stage of existence succeeding to any particular other birth; i. e. emancipation or absorption; a seat in any of the paradises or heavens; birth again on earth in a high or holy caste or tribe; birth under conjunctions &c. conferring honor, riches, talents, success.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sadgati (सद्गति).—f. (-sadgatiḥ) 1 a good or happy state, felicity, beatitude.

2) The way of good men.

Derivable forms: sadgatiḥ (सद्गतिः).

Sadgati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sat and gati (गति).

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

Sadgati (सद्गति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. Felicity or fortune. 2. Good conduct. E. sat, gati going.

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

Sadgati (सद्गति).—[feminine] good condition or the path of the good.

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

1) Sadgati (सद्गति):—[=sad-gati] [from sad > sat] a f. good or happy state or fortune, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] the way of good men, [Kāvya literature]

3) [=sad-gati] b etc. See p. 1137, col. 2.

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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. 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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