Samsthanavicaya, Saṃsthānavicaya, Samsthana-vicaya: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Samsthanavichaya.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Saṃsthānavicaya (संस्थानविचय).—One of the four types of virtuous (dharmya) meditation.—What is meant by ‘contemplation of objects of structure of the universe’ (saṃsthānavicaya)? To contemplate on the form, size and the constituents of the universe is called contemplation of objects of structure of the universe.

How many types of ‘contemplation on objects of structure of the universe’ (saṃsthānavicaya) are there?

It is of four types namely:

  1. contemplation on the body (piṇḍastha),
  2. contemplation on the word / aphorism (padastha),
  3. contemplation on a form (rūpastha),
  4. contemplation on formless self (rūpātīta).
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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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