Sarvashastra, Sarvaśāstra, Sarva-shastra: 2 definitions

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Sarvashastra 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.

The Sanskrit term Sarvaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Sarvasastra or Sarvashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sarvashastra in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Sarvaśāstra (सर्वशास्त्र) refers to “all teachings”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 21.15-19]—“Ah! The question [you have] asked me is not answered elsewhere, [although] I declare it in all teachings (sarvaśāstrasarvaśāstreṣu sarvadā). The foolish, [those] always concealed with illusion, do not know. It is not worship [if] you speak the mantra [devoid of] the three kinds of tattvas. Meanwhile, let it be. A world lacking the tattvas does not accomplish [anything]. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sarvaśāstra (सर्वशास्त्र):—[=sarva-śāstra] [from sarva] mfn. knowing every science, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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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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