Sakshatkartavya, Sākṣātkartavya, Sakshat-kartavya: 2 definitions


Sakshatkartavya means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Sākṣātkartavya can be transliterated into English as Saksatkartavya or Sakshatkartavya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sakshatkartavya in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Sākṣātkartavya (साक्षात्कर्तव्य) refers to “(that which is to be) realized”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Gaganagañja said to Ratnaśrī: “[...] Accordingly, when the Bodhisattva calculates the dharma in the conditioned, measures it in his consciousness, and reflects on it in the right way, he never sees any dharma which is to be fully known, to be eliminated, to be realized (sākṣātkartavya), or to be cultivated. Since the Bodhisattva never sees any dharma, he does not establish any dharma. Where he does not establish any dharma, there is the attainment of the absence of basis. Where he attains the absence of basis, there is not anything to be wanted. Where there is nothing to be wanted, there is nothing to be obtained. Since he is free from mental conception, there is nothing related to the self or nothing to be grasped”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sakshatkartavya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sākṣātkartavya (साक्षात्कर्तव्य):—[=sākṣāt-kartavya] [from sākṣāt > sākṣa] mfn. to be made fully perceptible or evident, [Mahāv.]

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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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