Shadguna, aka: Ṣaḍguṇa, Sadguna, Shash-guna, Sat-guna; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Ṣaḍguṇa can be transliterated into English as Sadguna or Shadguna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

During the first phase of the manifestation of the universe (Śuddha-sṛṣṭi), the six attributes of the Supreme Being make their appearance. These six attributes together form the "body" of the Supreme Being who gets the name vāsudeva thereby.

  1. jñānam,
  2. aiśvarya,
  3. Śakti,
  4. bala,
  5. vīrya,
  6. tejas.

In their totality these six qualities form the "body" of the Highest Being—God Vāsudeva and His consort Lakṣmī. (ṣaḍguṇa-vigraham-devam). The Pancarātra teaches a chain of other emanations proceeding from these six qualities, each oneoriginating from the one before, just as one flame proceeds from another flame. The primary emanations are known as Vyūha

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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sadguṇa (सद्गुण).—m (S) A good quality, affection, or property.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṣaḍguṇa (षड्गुण).—m pl The six attributes (of God). The six properties, functions of rājanīti &c. ṣaḍguṇaiśvaryasampanna Perfect with the majesty of the six attributes-used of the deity &c.; a saint.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Ṣaḍguṇa (षड्गुण).—a. (-ṣaḍguṇa) 1 sixfold.

2) having six attributes. (-ṇam) 1 an assemblage of six qualities.

2) the six expedients to be used by a king in foreign politics; see under गुण (guṇa) (21); cf. षाड्गुण्य (ṣāḍguṇya) also.

Ṣaḍguṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ṣaṣ and guṇa (गुण).

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Sadguṇa (सद्गुण).—a. (sadguṇa) possessed of good qualities, virtuous,

-ṇaḥ virtue, excellence, goodness, good quality.

Sadguṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sat and guṇa (गुण).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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. 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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