Saptadvara, Sapta-dvara, Saptadvāra: 1 definition


Saptadvara means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

Saptadvāra (सप्तद्वार).—According to Medhātithi in his Manubhāṣya (verse 6.48), the ‘Seven openings’ are:

  1. Duty and wealth,
  2. duty and pleasure,
  3. wealth and pleasure,
  4. pleasure and wealth,
  5. pleasure and duty,
  6. wealth and duty,
  7. and wealth—pleasure—duty.

Or, the ‘seven openings’ may stand for the seven breaths in the head; and these are the ‘openings’ of speech.

Or, it may stand for the six sense-organs and Intellect as the seventh. It is only when objects have been perceived by means of these that words speak of them.

Others explain that the ‘seven openings’ stand for the seven declensional terminations.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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