Sadgati, aka: Shash-gati, Ṣaḍgati, Sad-gati; 3 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍgati can be transliterated into English as Sadgati or Shadgati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
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)”.
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Languages of India and abroad
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.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 4 - Five destinies (pañcagati) or six destinies (ṣaḍgati) < [Chapter XLVI - Venerating with the Roots of Good]
Bodhisattva quality 5: the five superknowledges (pañcābhijña) < [Chapter X - The Qualities of the Bodhisattvas]
Third aṅga (member): Vyākaraṇa (prediction) < [Part 2 - Hearing the twelve-membered speech of the Buddha]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
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