Sarvaklesha, Sarvakleśa, Sarva-klesha: 2 definitions


Sarvaklesha means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Sarvakleśa can be transliterated into English as Sarvaklesa or Sarvaklesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sarvaklesha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sarvakleśa (सर्वक्लेश) refers to “all one’s distress”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.22 (“Description of Pārvatī’s penance”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī thought to herself: “[...] In the Śāstras and the Vedas, lord Śiva is always sung in praise by the sages as the bestower of welfare, omniscient, all-pervading and all-seer. The lord is the bestower of all riches, the moulder of fine emotions, the bestower of the desires of devotees and the remover of their distress [i.e., sarvakleśa-nivāraṇa]. If I am devoted to the bull-bannered lord, discarding all desires, may He be pleased with me. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sarvaklesha in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Sarvakleśa (सर्वक्लेश) refers to “any affliction”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Just as, son of good family, open space does not get burned at the time of the final conflagration and is not flooded in the destruction by water [at the end of an aeon], in such a way, the meditation of the Bodhisattva does not get burned by any affliction (sarvakleśa) and is not attached to the [four] meditations, [eight] liberations, concentrations, and attainments of meditation. [The meditation of Bodhisattva] establishes living beings with distracted thoughts in the state of concentration. [...]”.

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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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