Samanaka, Samānaka, Sāmaṇaka, Samaṇaka, Sāmanaka: 4 definitions


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Samānaka (समानक) (or Samāna) and Sannihita are the two Indras of the Aprajñaptika class Vyantaras living in the first 100 yojanas of the Ratnaprabhā-earth in the “lower world” (adhaloka), according to chapter 2.2 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly: “[...] In the first 100 yojanas of Ratnaprabhā, with the exception of 10 above and 10 below, i.e., in 80 yojanas, there are 8 classes of Vyantaras: [viz., the Aprajñaptikas, ...] The two Indras in these classes are respectively: [viz., Sannihita and Samāna;...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samanaka in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sāmaṇaka : (adj.) worthy or needful for a monk.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Samaṇaka, (samaṇa+ka) a contemptible (little) ascetic, “some sort of samaṇa” D. I, 90; M. II, 47, 210; Sn. p. 21; Miln. 222; DA. I, 254. At A. II, 48 samaṇaka is a slip for sasanaka. Cp. muṇḍaka in form & meaning. (Page 682)

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Samanaka, (adj.) (sa3+mana+ka) endowed with mind A. II, 48 (text, samaṇaka); S. I, 62. (Page 683)

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Sāmaṇaka, (adj.) (fr. samaṇa) worthy of or needful for a Samaṇa Mhvs 4, 26; 30, 37; assāmaṇaka unworthy of a Samaṇa Vin. I, 45. (Page 704)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Samānaka (समानक).—adj. (= Sanskrit samāna plus -ka, perhaps m.c.), like: pratiśrutkā-°kān Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 142.14 (verse).

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Sāmanaka (सामनक).—[, f. °ikā, read samānikā, to samānaka, like, similar: Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iv.98.3.]

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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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