Sarvadravya, Sarva-dravya: 2 definitions

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Sarvadravya means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvadravya in Jainism glossary
Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra

Sarvadravya (सर्वद्रव्य) refers to “all entities” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.29.—What is the meaning of sarvadravya? How many are they? There are six types of substances (dravya) namely living beings, matter, media of motion and rest, space and time. How many numbers exist in each kind of substance? Living beings are infinite and so is matter. Media of motion and rest and space are each one in number while time is innumerable and spread through the cosmos.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sarvadravya (सर्वद्रव्य):—[=sarva-dravya] [from sarva] n. [plural] all things, [Macdonell’s Dictionary, etc.]

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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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