Sarvajnata, Sarvajñatā, Sarva-jnata: 6 definitions


Sarvajnata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnata in Shaktism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Sarvajñāta (सर्वज्ञात) refers to “one who knows everything (about Goddess Śārikā)”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] He is born in a good family, his mother is blessed, and he receives good wishes. He knows everything (sarvajñātajñātaṃ sarvaṃ tena) about [Śārikā,] the beloved of Śiva, who has fathomed true knowledge through devotion. My devotion to you nourishes me every day, as the rise of the full moon always nourishes the ocean. On account of the true affluence of victorious devotion to you I even ignore the excellent Lakṣmī. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvajnata in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sarvajñatā (सर्वज्ञता) refers to “omniscience” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLII.—The bodhisattva aspires to omniscience (sarvajñatā), the knowledge of all dharmas, conditioned and unconditioned, isolated or grouped, existent or non-existent, true or false. There are two kinds of omniscience, perfect or imperfect: 1. Perfect omniscience cognizes all dharmas under their general characteristics (sāmānyalakṣaṇa) and their specific characteristics (svalakṣaṇa). As well, there are imperfect or incomplete omnisciences that bear upon only the general characteristics of the dharmas and a restricted number of the specific characteristics.

Buddha, Arhat and Pratyekabuddha have access to their respective omnisciences (sarvajñatā) or bodhis by using the paths or Vehicles of their choice. Each having attained their final goal, they no longer use the knowledge of the paths or the knowledge of the aspect of the paths. Indeed, they say: “The path already practiced by me is no longer to be practiced”. This is not the case for the Bodhisattvas who, from their first cittotpāda until their arrival at Buddhahood, are in the course of their career.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Sarvajñatā (सर्वज्ञता) refers to “omniscience”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How then, son of good family, does the Bodhisattva collect all qualities of the Buddha by thorough practice (yoniśaḥprayoga)? ‘Thorough (yoniśas)’ means the entrance into dependent origination. Why is that? As is the cause and conditions (hetupratyaya), thus the fruit (phala) is produced (abhinirvṛtta). The generosity (dāna) is the cause of great comforts (mahābhoga), and the Bodhisattva, having transferred that giving (tyāga) into omniscience (sarvajñatā), fulfils the perfection of giving (dānapāramitā). [...]

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

Jain philosophy

Source: International Journal of Jaina Studies: Haribhadra Sūri on Nyāya and Sāṃkhya

Sarvajñatā (सर्वज्ञता) refers to “omniscience”.—The Śāstravārtāsamuccaya by Haribhadra Sūri’s is not a compendium of philosophical systems (darśana) but a comprehensive account (samuccaya) of doctrinal (śāstra) expositions (vārtā/vārttā) or simply doctrines (vāda). The Śāstravārtāsamuccaya (also, Śāstravārttāsamuccaya) is subdivided into stabakas, chapters or sections, for example: Sarvajñatā-pratiṣedha-vāda—on the doctrine of the negation of the possibility of omniscience of the Mīmāṃsā and an unidentified Buddhist sect (bauddha ekadeśī mata)

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sarvajñatā (सर्वज्ञता):—[=sarva-jña-tā] [from sarva-jña > sarva] f. ([Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara]) omniscience

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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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