Shastradharaka, Shastra-adharaka, Śastrādhāraka, Śastradhāraka: 2 definitions


Shastradharaka 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 terms Śastrādhāraka and Śastradhāraka can be transliterated into English as Sastradharaka or Shastradharaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Shastradharaka in Pancaratra glossary
Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Śāstradhāraka (शास्त्रधारक) refers to a classification of Vaiṣṇavas (classified according to their inner spiritual quest), as discussed in the twenty-second chapter of the Jayākhyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra Āgama text composed of 4500 verses in 33 chapters dealing with topics such as mantra (formulas), japa (repetitions), dhyāna (meditations), mudrā (gesticulations), nyāsa (concentrations) etc.—Description of the chapter [vaiṣṇava-ācāra]:—[...] Nārada wants to know about the attitude toward Vaiṣṇavas who become sannyāsins or yatis (1-2). [...] Other groups (presumably those who are classified not according to any external sign but rather in terms of their inner spiritual quest) are [e.g., śāstradhārakas (54-56)], [...]. The Lord asks Nārada to honor all these kinds of persons. All of them, He says, are eligible to do yāgas as well as pūjās. Even their mere glance can wash away the sins of those less fortunate and endowed (57-64a).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shastradharaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śastrādhāraka (शस्त्राधारक).—m. (corresp. to Pali satthahāraka, [Page525-a+ 71] Vin. iii.73.11; Sanskrit śastra-*ādhāraka; see s.v. ādhāra- yati), (lit. knife-holder,) assassin: Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 25b.2 °kaṃ vāsya paryeṣeta, or should try to find an assassin for him.

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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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