Samyaktva, aka: Saṃyaktva; 5 Definition(s)

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Saṃyaktva (संयक्त्व) refers to “right faith” and is one of the twenty-four activities (kriyā) of sāmparāyika (transmigression-extending influx). Sāmparāyika is one two types of āsrava (influx) which represents the flow of karma particles towards the soul, which is due to the three activities: manoyoga ( activities of mind), kāyayoga ( activities of body) and vacanayoga (activities of speech).

Kriyā (‘activities’, such as saṃyaktva) is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Samyaktva (सम्यक्त्व, “right belief”) according to Digambara Jainism.—Samyaktva or Samyagdṛṣṭi, in the translation generally used: “right belief”, is defined by Pūjyapāda and Cāmuṇḍarāya as “faith in the path to final liberation indicated by the Jina” (see the Caritrasāra). Other Digambaras such as Samantabhadra, Somadeva, and Vasunandin describe it with greater precision as faith in the three articles of belief (see the Śrāvakācāra by Vasunandin): āpta (the Jina), āgama (the scriptures), and padārtha or tattva (the dogmas). Others again prefer to visualize it from the negative angle as the absence of twenty-five blemishes (dṛg-doṣas).

Samyaktva according to Śvetāmbara Jainism.—For the Śvetāmbaras from the Pañcāśakas onwards samyaktva means faith in the truths enunciated by the Tīrthaṅkara. Hemacandra calls it “faith in the right deva, the right guru, and the right dharma”.

Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga

Samyaktva (सम्यक्त्व) refers to “right-belief-doubt” and represents one of the hardships (parīṣaha), or “series of trials hard to endure” according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 10.1 (Incarnation as Nandana). While practicing penance for a lac of years, Muni Nandana also endured a series of trials hard to endure (eg., samyaktva). Nandana is the name of a king as well as one of Mahāvīra’s previous births.

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra Vol-i

Saṃyaktva (संयक्त्व).—One of the activities (kriyā) of transmigression-extending influx (sāmparāyika).—Activities like worshipping the true omniscient, scriptures and teachers to strengthen the right faith are called saṃyaktva-kriyā.

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

Samyaktva (सम्यक्त्व) refers to “mixed wrong and right belief” and is classified as one of the three types of Darśanamohanīya (“faith deluding”) karmas according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. This Darśanamohanīya represents one of the two main divisions of the Mohanīya (“deluding”) karmas, which is one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage), which in turn is one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha). What is meant by mixed wrong and right belief (samyaktva) karmas? The karmas, rise of which produce a flaw in the right belief is called mixed wrong and right belief.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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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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